Towson State's basketball team, despite the loss of Devin Boyd, is favored to win the Beltway Classic again this weekend at UMBC.
After scouting Towson in its 99-97 win over Lehigh this week, UMBC coach Earl Hawkins says the Tigers won't miss their best player, Boyd, a whole lot "at this stage of the season."
Hawkins feels the slack is being taken up rather well by freshman Terrance "Scooter" Alexander, who was The Baltimore Sun Player of the Year at Dunbar last year. Alexander has scored 17 points in two of his first three starts.
"Alexander is a great player," says Hawkins. "I've seen him a lot. But over a period of time Towson will miss Devin. He's a real point guard. Alexander and Terrance Jacobs are not.
"It didn't make any difference against Lehigh because they were up and down the court all night. They'll miss Boyd when they have to play a halfcourt game. Devin has the experience."
Boyd will be out another five to seven weeks with a fractured elbow.
Mount St. Mary's and Loyola will open the Beltway action at 6 p.m. tomorrow, followed by UMBC vs. Towson at 8 p.m.
* If it weren't for their game tomorrow, Mount St. Mary's and Loyola would not be meeting this year.
What's more, there are no future games scheduled in this ancient Catholic rivalry. Not to worry. Mount St. Mary's coach Jim Phelan says he and Joe Boylan, Loyola's athletic director since January, will work something out.
"Joe Boylan appreciates the importance of traditional rivalries," Phelan says. "I reminded Joe that our conference [Northeast] is rated lower than his [Metro Atlantic] and he'd have to pay a penalty for playing down. But he told me, "I don't care. I think it's important for Loyola to play Mount St. Mary's."
* Fifty years ago this coming Saturday, which was actually a Sunday, Maury Schwartzman and Malcolm Fox were giving a tennis clinic to midshipmen at the Naval Academy. Suddenly an officer burst in and announced:
"All civilian personnel must leave the academy grounds immediately. Pearl Harbor has been attacked."
Totally baffled, the two civilians went to their car to drive back to Baltimore. Schwartzman looked at Fox, shrugged and said, "I can't understand why we have to leave the Naval Academy just because some woman has been attacked."
Schwartzman is still a teaching pro at the Bare Hills Tennis Club here.
* Jean Harbor has looked good in his first three games with the Blast, with one goal and two assists. He should look even better against Cleveland tomorrow night at the Arena and Saturday in Dallas.
Harbor, playing for the Maryland Bays last summer, was the MVP in the American Professional Soccer League. But Harbor, who was born in Nigeria and went to college at Alabama A&M, had never played indoors until joining the Blast. This has been Harbor's first full week of practicing indoors. Coach Kenny Cooper believes these few days will be a big help to his new, high-scoring forward.
* What a year this has been for Teddy Bauer. He gets in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the new light rail system puts a stop right in front of the Mount Washington Tavern.
What's the big deal about the rail stop? Teddy owns the tavern, and next year thousands will travel via light rail to Orioles games, many parking cars near his place of business to get the train -- and coming back after the ballgames.
Bauer was first-team All-America at Washington and Lee in 1972, '73 and '74. He will be installed in the Hall of Fame at a banquet at the Towson Sheraton Feb. 8 along with the late Don Albertson, Navy; Mike French, Cornell; Rick Kowalchuk, Johns Hopkins; Roy Simmons Jr., Syracuse; and Frank Urso, Maryland.
* If Bobby Bonilla is worth $5.8 million a year, the Orioles' Cal Ripken is worth $7 million.
Cal outhit Bonilla in every category this year -- .323 batting average to .302, 34 home runs to 18, and 114 RBIs to 100.
And Bonilla is not even a good outfielder, while Ripken is a Gold Glove winner at the demanding position of shortstop -- 162 games a year!
Frank Cashen, Fred Wilpon and the rest of the Mets have complained for years about profligate spending among baseball owners. Earlier this year, Cashen said owners were crazy to make the average player salary $900,000. Well, with Bonilla's $29 million, five-year deal, the Mets have joined the crazies. And at a time when everyone expects broadcast revenue to shrink.