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By JOHN EISENBERG | November 1, 1993
Fact: The Orioles led the league in exactly one of the 43 team hitting and pitching categories -- balks.Opinion: If the NFL ever expands again (after Nov. 30), it'll go international, like to Toronto or Mexico City.Fact: NFL Properties already has sold a million Carolina Panthers T-shirts.Opinion: Sorry, but that Panthers logo looks like someone's dinner that got dropped on the floor.Fact: Marge Schott resumes control of the Reds today. (Isn't that great?)Opinion: Baseball statistics we'd love to see (Part I)
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By JOHN EISENBERG | February 12, 1991
Fact: The recent Giants-Bills Super Bowl was the first Super Bowl or World Series in 36 months without a team from the Bay area.Opinion: Let's get this straight. UNLV is easily the best college basketball team, but it would lose by 30 to the Charlotte Hornets.Fact: When Jose Canseco faces Roger Clemens this year, the at-bat will have a net worth of almost $15,000. (Based on a full season of play, Canseco will get $8,000 per at-bat, Clemens $6,500 per out.)Opinion: The Pistons aren't going to three-peat without Isiah Thomas.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | September 20, 1990
Fact: The nine hitters earning at least $3 million a year (Jose Canseco, Kirby Puckett, Don Mattingly, Robin Yount, Kevin Mitchell, Will Clark, Eric Davis, Joe Carter, Rickey Henderson) are hitting a combined average of .270 this year with an average of 21 home runs and 75 RBI.Opinion: If Gregg Olson's arm isn't 100 percent, he shouldn't pitch the rest of the year.Fact: Since the beginning of the 1988 season, the Redskins have won five of 17 games against teams with winning records.Opinion: If the 49ers slip, the Giants will be the team that catches them.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | March 14, 1992
Fact: Prairie View A&M pulled off the big one, going 0-28 in basketball after 0-11 in football. (Bonus fact: Only other winless Division I basketball team since 1948 were the 0-17 Citadel Bulldogs in 1955.)Opinion: It must be discouraging to be traded to the Sacramento Surge for future considerations. (It's the WLAF, which is a football league, not a radio station.)Fact: The National League West was the only division without a managerial change in 1991.Opinion: As a three-time conference champ and two-time NCAA qualifier, Towson State deserves an NIT bid.Fact: The East Regional has produced the national champion only three times since the NCAA tournament was split into four regionals in 1957.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | November 14, 1991
Opinion: If I'm spending the Orioles' free-agent money, I go after Tom Candiotti now. (Innings, innings, innings!)Fact: Mike Devereaux hit more home runs than Bobby Bonilla in 1991.Opinion: If I'm a general manager and Bobby Bonilla costs $25 million, I say no thanks.Fact: The New York Giants haven't beaten a team with a winning record this season.Opinion: When healthy, Jim McMahon has been as good as any NFL quarterback this season.Fact: Only five of the 14 NFL teams that started 10-0 went on to win the title.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | April 28, 1991
Fact: Among major-leaguers who have played at least 500 games, the highest career batting average belongs to -- ta-da -- ++ pitcher Terry Forster, who hit .397 in 78 at-bats.Opinion: I'm sticking with the same prediction expressed in this space last October: Bulls and Blazers in the NBA Finals.Fact: There are six active NBA coaches who have won the league championship -- Chuck Daly, Dick Motta, Lenny Wilkens, K. C. Jones, Bill Fitch, Paul Westhead -- but only one still coaches the team with which he won.Opinion: Miami is a shoo-in for one of the National League expansion teams.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | January 13, 1993
Fact: NFL rookie coaches Bobby Ross, Dennis Green and Bill Cowher combined for a 33-15 record and three division titles, then got outscored, 79-27, in the playoffs.Opinion: The Jays can easily replace closer Tom Henke with Duane Ward, but they don't have anyone to replace Ward as baseball's best setup man.Fact: A steady rain soaked Candlestick Park for hours after the Niners-Redskins game last weekend -- and no one bothered to put on the tarp.Opinion: The Eric Lindros trade is working out significantly better for Quebec, which has surpassed last year's point total in TC roughly half a season.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | January 20, 1995
Opinion: The people of Tampa will never build a new stadium for Malcolm Glazer. He'll be shopping the team in three years.Fact: The Bucs traded Steve Young to the 49ers in 1987 for second-round and fourth-round draft picks that turned into players named Bruce Hill and Winston Moss.Opinion: A 48-game hockey season? Hmm. Let's do it every year.Fact: The Pittsburgh Steelers didn't throw into the end zone until fourth down of their final, goal-line series against the Chargers last Sunday.Opinion: Memo to Andre Agassi: Give us a break.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | November 4, 1992
Fact: Let's see, Bill Clinton did nine states in 29 hours this week and the Astros did six states in 27 days last season, and the Astros complained.Opinion: It's a shame to see Magic Johnson basically hounded out of a league that he all but saved from ruin -- by uninformed people, no less.Fact: Prairie View has not won a football or basketball game in 20 months.Opinion: You know there is no respect for age in this country when Jim Phelan has to fight for his job when he's getting ready to win his 700th game.
NEWS
March 16, 1995
An item in Sunday's and Monday's Howard section of The Sun incorrectly stated that an interactive theater performance by DC Playback Theater will be presented Sunday and Monday at Slayton House in Columbia. In fact, the performance is not scheduled to take place. The Sun regrets the error.
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