A Redskins-Ravens rivalry? That's really for the birds

December 29, 1996|By John Steadman

NOTEworthy Day:

Next season's meeting between the Ravens and Redskins, Baltimore vs. Washington, will be more talk than emotion, the same as it was when the Colts were in business here. Washington couldn't care any more about beating Baltimore than it does Atlanta, Denver or any other team, excepting Dallas. What exists is a one-way rivalry, as created by Baltimore, not Washington.

It's doubtful there'll be a better postseason game than Navy's 42-38 Aloha Bowl win over California -- two teams you might remember playing in Baltimore in 1948 when Jackie Jensen and Bob Celeri had momentous days for the Golden Bears. Former Sun sportswriter and entrepreneur Ken Nigro was named director of media relations for the San Diego Padres. Al Lerner, who started his business career selling furniture in Baltimore and made the deal for Art Modell to move the Cleveland Browns, is ranked as one of America's leading philanthropists by virtue of awarding gifts totaling $27 million, according to Fortune magazine.

The Hawaii band that performed for the Ravens' finale was the most entertaining since the late Buddy Young went to scout a player at Florida A&M and was so impressed with the school's musical aggregation that he recruited it for a Colts halftime show. NFL Rookie of the Year Eddie George of the Houston Oilers is that special kind of runner who always seems to get yardage on plays that don't appear to be going anywhere. Although retired to Myrtle Beach, S.C., where golf is a daily staple, Walter Hart, former Southern High and Western Maryland College athlete, continues to raise money for his college alma mater via phone calls and faxes.

The Oldtimers Baseball Association and Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association are both making contributions, and rightly so, to help honor one of Maryland's Hall of Famers, Jimmie Foxx, with a statue in his hometown of Sudlersville. A friend of Tom Matte, ex-Colt-turned-Ravens broadcaster, is urging him to run for governor because of his statewide popularity, plus necessary speechmaking, cheerleading, hand-shaking, back-slapping and baby-kissing skills.

Maryland's new football coach, Ron Vanderlinden, said Michael Accorsi, administrative aide under Mark Duffner, will be retained in the same role. The Ravens will play home exhibitions next summer against the Bills and Giants; they'll play on the road against the Eagles and Packers. Clever ball-handling and faking by the quarterback have become neglected aspects in football, which would have been upsetting to the old T-master Clark Shaughnessy. So far, Jimmy Johnson hasn't made the Miami Dolphins forget Don Shula. Larry Ottenstein points out that two Hall of Famers in football and baseball, Tom Landry and Connie Mack, also lead their respective sports in numbers of losses.

A family matter: When he worked for the Orioles, scout Al Kubski signed Doug DeCinces, among many others who made the major-league grade, and now his son, Gil Kubski, also representing the Orioles, has scouted and signed DeCinces' son for the same club. Patterson High's Hall of Fame should give consideration to adding Ed Royston, who played two years as a guard for the New York Giants in the late 1940s after excelling at Wake Forest.

Injuries this year all but eliminated the Dallas Cowboys' Jay Novacek, perhaps the best tight end in the history of pro football in that he blocks, has sure hands and can run both short or deep patterns. And if the Ravens had such a thing as an unsung hero it would surely be Brian Kinchen. Strange, isn't it, but we never hear fans complaining about a stadium; it's only the owners who want to pressure municipalities for spending your tax money for their profit and pleasure. WQSR's Terry McDonnell, once a voice of the Seattle SuperSonics, handled the Ravens' public address in a first-rate manner; ditto Richard Pachino in the press box.

When is some smart radio station going to program Phil Wood and Stan "The Fan" Charles back-to-back in separate shows for what would amount to a winning ticket of listening enjoyment? In the same vein, HTS should consider the competent Tom Davis as its new play-by-play announcer for Orioles games after Mel Proctor, endowed with knowledge, style and an easy listening voice, heads for San Diego.

The Maryland Stadium Authority needs to repair the base of the Babe Ruth statue because letters in the title, "Babe's Dream," are deteriorating. Bill Burns, who lives in Stevensville and is a scout for the Kansas City Royals, will soon be publishing a book, "Knothole Baseball." And former Colt Alex Hawkins, with two books to his credit, is shopping his first screenplay. David Ryan Gately, one of Loyola College's best jump-shot artists, who later played in the Irish pro league, is now scoring impressively as a vice president at Legg Mason.

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