Sizing up field, Bullets have to go for 6-10 Gugliotta in draft

Phil Jackman

June 24, 1992|By Phil Jackman

Reading Time: Two Minutes. The Washington Bullets, it would seem, have to go after Tom Gugliotta of N.C. State with the sixth pick in tonight's NBA draft. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound All-ACC selection grew into his size naturally, led the conference in rebounding and three-point field goals while averaging 22.5 points, is a fine passer and pro teams figure he can play three positions. That yelp you're hearing is coming from Walt Williams fans.

* If and when the Iron Shortstop Cal Ripken passes Iron Horse Lou Gehrig in consecutive games played in a few years, he can get to work on a streak put together by an English gent, Dan lTC Maskell. As a player and TV commentator, Maskell showed up at the All England Club for the Wimbledon matches every day from 1929 until yesterday.

* Who says practice makes perfect? The top fielding percentage team in college baseball this season was the University of Cincinnati, which played all its games on the road and didn't even have a practice field at home.

* Aside from the Bambino, of course, I think the old-time ballplayer I most would have wanted to know is Rube Waddell. Among the many eccentricities of the Hall of Fame pitcher (191-145) from Bradford, Pa., was his love of parades. He once left a ballgame in Philadelphia to join in marching in a circus parade as it passed the ballpark.

* Of course, no track and field athlete ever went with two time zones of anabolic steroids . . . just as the penitentiaries are full of innocent and framed men.

* Fear not for F. Carlton Lewis and his gold medal display cabinet back home in Houston. While Carl was a badly beaten sixth in the 100 meters at the Olympic trials, he made it on to the six-man 4X100 relay team and since he's the greatest sprint relay anchor of all time, he looks to be a pretty good bet to compete.

* The Cubs are playing the Mets in New York tonight and if second baseman Ryne Sandberg doesn't throw one away it will mark the 300th straight game in which he hasn't made a throwing error.

* Is it possible the Philadelphia Eagles failed to recognize that since he stopped playing against college boys, Herschel Walker hasn't been able to run the ball?

* Besides the matches, the ambience and the train ride out to Wimbledon and its beautiful parks, gardens and museums and the rest of it, of equal joy is a look at the infamous English tabloids every morning. One of yesterday's headlines pointed out how Boris Becker watches porn flicks to get himself motivated for matches.

* Reg Murphy, former publisher of this newspaper, probably wishes he was back dealing with the business problems wrought by recessionary times. As a vice president of the USGA and chairman of the U.S. Open's championship committee, Reg has been catching what-for from the golfers for supposedly booby-trapping the Pebble Beach course.

See, the lads get slightly upset when they see Saturday scores of 68 slip to 88 on Sunday (Scott Simpson). Others who toiled through the embarrassment of 10-shot differences on their scorecards and all shooting at least 79 were Seve Ballesteros, Payne Stewart, Ian Woosnam, Davis Love and several others who were contending. Jim Gallagher's card shot ahead by 14 strokes from 69 to 83.

The usual "course from hell," "unplayable" and "unfair" cries have been heard and Murphy answers, "Weather is part of golf. We were not trying to raise the scores. Nobody could have predicted 35-mph winds."

Before coming to Baltimore, Reg ran a newspaper in San Francisco, up the coast from Monterrey Peninsula, and obviously never took in a baseball game at Candlestick Park. The weather goes from calm to gale-force winds nearly every day quicker than instant coffee.

* Something's very wrong when a bunch of NHL team owners welcome in an expansion club at a cost of $50 million and then proceed to stock it with the lame and worse. Rod Langway of Washington was unprotected and might have been a good short-term pick for a fledgling bunch, but the Capitals captain made it well known he would quit if selected. That's following the true spirit of competition, right?

* Wonders, obviously, will never cease. American women, led by Jane Welzel, ran 1-2-4-5 at Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minn., over the weekend. Chad Bannion got a second on the men's side, too. Lost in memory is the last time a U.S. man won a big open marathon.

* Speaking of outrageous fortunes, Russian players outnumbered Americans selected in the NHL draft, and by a substantial margin, nearly 20 percent.

* When he was competing in a tennis tourney in Belgium recently, Andre Agassi talked a restaurant manager into remaining open later than usual to service his needs. A real gourmet, that world traveler Andre. It was a McDonald's.

* A fine field is forming for the NationsBank tennis classic in Washington July 11: Bjorn Borg (in the seniors prelim), John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl, all great players -- formerly.

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