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Sports Beat
 November 12, 2005

Sports Beat by Bill McCaffrey

I want to thank all of you for your prayers, emails, card, letters, calls, fruit baskets, etc.† The prayers worked!† I had three stints put in the heart and have one more to go. † Special thanks go to Dale Poole Sawyer for keeping everyone informed about what was happening and to my children Sharon and Mike who worked with her.† Thanks again to all and remember always, prayers really do work.


This afternoon (Sunday) the Ravens and Redskins are both visiting Florida to play in the sun with many of their fans traveling with them.† I know Ned Carey is with a group of Raven Rooters in Jacksonville . † The Ravens will have Kyle Boller back after a disastrous seven games with Anthony ‚§¶not‚§? Wright as quarterback.† Kordell Stewart was released.† Jacksonville ‚§Ās big gun running back Fred Taylor is questionable for the game and ‚§¶Raghead‚§? Ray Lewis and Ed Lewis probably won‚§Āt play for the Ravens. † Byron Leftwich is an up and coming young quarterback who is doing a decent job as the offensive leader of the Jaguars. † With Boller at quarterback the Ravens have a chance for a victory. † Tampa Bay hosts the Redskins and this should result in a Redskin victory because Chris Simms at the trigger for the Bucs will be cannon fodder for the tough Skins defense.† The Bucs defense is tough and this could be the lowest scoring game of week ten. † Joe Gibbs has a chance to get to the playoffs and can ill afford to lose to the Bucs. † It looks like the soap opera in Philadelphia is over with the Eagles finally giving the hook to Terrell Owens.† T.O. wants back and is giving apologies to everyone who will listen and trying to give ‚§¶kiss and make up calls‚§? to Donovan McNabb. † Hey T.O. is getting what he deserves but don‚§Āt think for a moment that he won‚§Āt get offers from other NFL teams because he will. † He could fit in with the Vikings and their ‚§¶Love Boat‚§? crew.† I can see him teaming up with Al Davis and his Raiders posse. † Stay tuned because the T.O. saga isn‚§Āt over yet, say he might even fit in with the Ravens gang. † Oh well it continues to make the NFL look silly just like those ‚§¶so-called‚§? on the field officials who continue to make NFL games on field fire drills.


Hasim ‚§¶HB‚§? Rahman is the new WBC heavyweight champion and he did not have to throw a punch to capture the title. † WBC champion (or chump depending on how you see it) Vitali Klitchko decided to retire and Rahman claimed the title in the worse division in boxing, the heavyweight. † To top that the heavyweight division is controlled by Don King, besides ‚§¶HB‚§? King has under his control James Toney and all of the other organizations heavyweight champions.† King is one reason boxing is still looked at with a jaded eye. † A decent show was held at the BXF gym in Millersville and here are the results: James ‚§¶King‚§? McAllister had an easy time beating Dhafir Smith Shannon Anderson decisioned Jarell Mason-Jackson John Terry scored a majority decision over James Shedrick, Jr. Arick Washington won a unanimous decision over John Rudolph James Franks put Fred Fleming to sleep in the second round. † Maryland Tops No. 1 Wake Forest for 2005 ACC Field Hockey Championship Susie Rowe named Tournament MVP; Meharg wins 300th career game In an Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey Championship title game clash between the top two seeds and two of the top three teams in the nation, neither side disappointed as Maryland scored with just 44.1 seconds left to take a 3-2 win over Wake Forest and claim the 2005 ACC Championship last Sunday afternoon before Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex-record crowd of 1,306. Tournament MVP Susie Rowe blasted home a rebound with just seconds remaining to give the Terrapins their sixth ACC title and first since 2001. After Maryland drew a penalty corner with about a minute to play, Rowe, a freshman, corralled junior Paula Infante's blocked shot and scorched it home for the decisive score. Rowe also scored twice in the final seven minutes against Duke in the semifinals on Friday to rally Maryland to the win in that game. The championship contest was a thrilling back-and-forth affair with several exciting moments and near-misses. Maryland (19-2), ranked third in the nation and seeded second in the tournament, jumped out to an early lead, with sophomore Janneke van Leeuwen converting a Rowe pass at the 4:13 mark. The play started on a penalty corner, with Rowe lining up to fake a shot at the top of the circle. She then found van Leeuwen open in front of the net, and van Leeuwen pounded the ball home from close range to put the Terrapins up, 1-0. No. 1 seed and top-ranked Wake Forest (19-1) had a couple of promising scoring opportunities turned away after that. About 10 minutes into the contest, the Demon Deacons' Tracey Scott stole a Maryland pass in front of the net, and attempted to poke it past Terrapin keeper Kathryn Masson. Masson saved the shot, and Haley Scott's shot off the rebound sailed wide. The Deacons had another chance thwarted in the 25th minute, when Christine Suggs put a shot on frame when Masson was drawn out. Maryland 's Kristina Edmonds stepped in front of the shot, however, earning the defensive save and keeping the Terps in the lead for the moment. Masson made an outstanding save in the 26th minute, swiping away Tracey Scott's slow-rolling attempt just before it could cross the goal line. Wake's Maeke Boreel played a ball from behind the midfield mark, finding a streaking Scott alone in Maryland 's half of the field. Scott drew Masson out and was able to get a shot off, but Masson raced back to the goal and made a diving stick save. The Deacons finally broke through against Maryland 's defense in the 28th minute, with Suggs scoring off a penalty corner. Suggs pushed the ball in to Boreel, who handled the stop and slid the ball over to Lauren Crandall. Crandall then passed the ball back to Suggs, who was all alone on the left side in front of the goal and put it away to even the score. The Terrapins went back on top just minutes later, as senior Jackie Ciconte put away a rebound in the 34th minute. After Infante's shot off a penalty corner was blocked, Ciconte battled for possession in front of the Deacon goal and was able to slap a shot home to put Maryland back in front. The Terps led at the half, 2-1. Wake Forest drew even again in the 51st minute, when Crandall scored off a penalty corner. After Wake was awarded the corner for a takedown just outside the circle, Suggs pushed the ball in and Boreel handled the stick stop, setting up Crandall's scoring strike. Maryland had a pair of close-range shots saved with about 10 minutes to play, when Wake Forest keeper Kristina Gagliardi stopped a pair of Ciconte attempts from just a few feet from the goal. Gagliardi saved Ciconte's first attempt, but Ciconte pounced on the rebound and reeled off another shot. Gagliardi was again up to the challenge, this time saving the shot from her back to keep the game tied at 2-2. Maryland 's Rowe, Infante and Lauren Powley and Wake Forest 's Crandall and Ariel Meyers and were named to the ACC Championship All-Tournament Team. Rowe became just the third freshman in league history to be named the tournament's MVP, joining Maryland 's Jessica Wilk in 1986 and North Carolina 's Judith Jonckheer in 1984. Suggs was named the ACC Freshman of the Year during the post-game awards ceremony.

The win was the 300th of Maryland coach Missy Meharg's career.

2005 ACC Field Hockey Championship All-Tournament Team
Katherine Blair, Virginia
Lauren Crandall, Wake Forest
Katie Grant, Duke
Paula Infante, Maryland
Bronwen Kelly, Boston College
Hilary Linton, Duke
Ariel Meyers, Wake Forest
Brooke Miller, North Carolina
Lauren Powley, Maryland
Susie Rowe, Maryland *
Katy Tran, North Carolina *
ACC Championship MVP
2005 ACC Freshman of the Year
Christine Suggs, Wake Forest

Maryland Field Hockey Ranked No. 1 in the Coaches Poll

After capturing its sixth ACC Field Hockey Tournament title with a win over Wake Forest, Maryland jumped up to No. 1 in the NFHCA Coaches Poll this week. Freshman Susie Rowe also earned National Rookie of the Week honors after being named tournament Most Valuable Player. The Terps, under the direction of 18th-year head coach Missy Meharg, defeated then-No. 1 Wake Forest in the title game of the ACC Tournament, 3-2. Maryland captured its first tournament title since 2001. The win also marked the 300th of Meharg's career. Maryland , who is 19-2 on the season, was not ranked lower than third all season. Playing in the nation's top field hockey conference, the Terps ended the season with wins over four teams ranked in the national top five at the time of the meeting. Maryland closed out the ACC regular season with a 2-1 victory over then-No. 4 North Carolina , followed by a 2-1 win over then-No. 5 American. Then-No. 2 Duke fell victim to the Terps in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament, with Demon Deacons also losing to the Terps in the championship game. Rowe scored the game-winning goals in both games of the ACC Tournament. She helped the Terps rally back from a 3-2 second-half deficit, tallying the game-tying and the game-winning goals. Her goal with 41 seconds remaining in the contest vs. WFU was the deciding tally. Maryland has made 10-consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and is looking for its 19th overall appearance in the postseason. Top-Ranked Terps No. 1 Seed in the NCAA Field Hockey Tournament Maryland hosts American, Penn State and Richmond in first and second†rounds. The top-ranked Maryland field hockey team earned†the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament which began yesterday.† The Terps played Richmond in the first round at the Field†Hockey & Lacrosse Complex, while also hosting American and Penn State . The winners of both games move on to the second round on†Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. "We are honored to be No. 1 and are looking forward to playing other†teams from other conferences. They are very formidable teams," said† Maryland head coach Missy Meharg, who captured her 300th-career victory†in the championship game of the ACC Tournament last weekend. "I think†the NCAA did a good job with the selections and we are pleased with our†placement and pleased with being at home." The Terps are (19-2) on the season, coming off an exciting 3-2 victory†over Wake Forest last weekend to capture the ACC title. Atlantic 10†Champion Richmond (16-5) won the play-in game, earning a spot in the† tournament. The Spiders are ranked 19th in the nation. No. 6 American (19-1) captured its third-consecutive Patriot League†title and the league's automatic bid. Eight-ranked Penn State (17-3) earned an at-large bid into the tournament. The Nittany Lions captured†the Big Ten regular season crown. The ACC had the most number of teams selected into the NCAA Tournament.† Wake Forest and Duke earned the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively,†while North Carolina and league-newcomer Boston College also earned†at-large bids. The Big Ten had the second-most selections with four. Maryland will be making its 18th NCAA Tournament appearance and 19th†national tournament appearance overall (AIAW in 1979). The Terps host the first and second rounds for the third-consecutive year and for the†12th time in 14 years. † Maryland's Infante Named ACC Defensive Player of the Year Maryland 's Paula Infante was voted the ACC's†Defensive Player of the Year by the conference coaches, while seniors†Emily Beach and Lauren Powley, along with Infante, were named to the†all-conference team. The all-conference teams and three major awards†were announced by the league office. A two-time All-American and a defensive midfielder, Infante became the first Defensive Player of the Year in school history†and the sixth Player of the Year overall at Maryland . She, along with†fellow defender Beach , has helped the second-ranked†defense in the nation post six shutouts on the season, limiting†opponents to just 0.96 goals per game. Infante also has a knack for†scoring. Garnering All-ACC nods for the third time in her career, she†leads the team with five game-winning goals and is tied for second with†11 tallies. She is also third with 25 points. One of the team's co-captains, Beach has also scored a career-high†seven goals on the season, while handing out six assists. Her selection to the All-ACC team is the first of her career. Powley earns All-ACC honors for the†third-consecutive year. She ranks in the top 10 at Maryland in career†assists and, this fall, helped the U.S. Junior National team to its†best-ever finish at the Junior World Cup, placing seventh. A†co-captain, Powley has started every game she has played in at Maryland.

Maryland Women's Basketball Ranked 14th in the Preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll

With the release of the first ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll of the season, the Maryland women's basketball team has earned a No. 14 preseason ranking. It is the highest preseason ranking in the coaches poll for the Terps since 1992-93. Head coach Brenda Frese's Terps have earned numerous top-15 preseason ratings from various publications, including a No. 7 ranking by SLAM Magazine. Maryland returns four starters from last season's team and nine letterwinners overall. The Terps posted a 22-10 record last year, the most wins for the program since 1992-93, earning a No. 24 final ranking in the Coaches Poll after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year. Among the returnees are Wade Trophy and Wooden Award candidates Shay Doron and Crystal Langhorne. Doron was a Kodak/WBCA Honorable Mention All-American and a first team All-ACC selection last season. Langhorne is the reigning ACC Rookie of the Year and also earned a spot on the second team all-conference squad. Combining for 34.8 points per game, the pair were also recently named Preseason All-ACC.

Frese welcomes her third-straight top 10 recruiting class, including two consecutive top-five classes. This season's incoming class of McDonald's All-Americans Marissa Coleman (Cheltenham, Md./St. John's College [D.C.]) and Kristi Toliver (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) was ranked fourth in the nation.

Maryland is scheduled to face five teams ranked in the preseason poll, including No. 1 Tennessee and No. 2 Duke. The Terps also battle No. 8 Michigan State in non-conference action, while ACC-foes North Carolina and NC State are rated No. 8 and No. 24, respectively.

ESPN/USA TODAY Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Tennessee
2. Duke
3. LSU
4. Ohio State
5t. Rutgers
5t. Georgia
7. Baylor
8. North Carolina
9. Connecticut
10. Stanford
11. Michigan State
12. Texas
13. Texas Tech
14. Maryland
15. Notre Dame
16. Vanderbilt
17. Minnesota
18. Arizona State
19. DePaul
20. Temple
21. Utah
22. Southern California
23. Purdue
24. North Carolina State
25. Oklahoma

Maryland also is ranked 14th in the Associated Press pre-season poll.

Liles and Wallace Sign National Letters of Intent to Play for Maryland Women's Basketball

Maryland head women's basketball coach Brenda Frese announced that Demauria Liles and Emery Wallace have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Terrapins beginning the fall of 2006. Liles, from Maryland , and Wallace, hailing from Virginia , both come to College Park with impressive high school credentials. † "We are extremely excited with our recruiting class as they will provide our team with a lot of depth and versatility," said Frese, who enters her fourth season with the Terrapins. "Both Demauria and Emery can play multiple positions, are very competitive and come from proven winning basketball programs. What I love about this class is that they both committed to us early and wanted to be a part of our highly successful program. They are going to have outstanding careers at Maryland ." † A 6-1 forward, Demauria Liles helped Riverdale Baptist High School in Upper Marlboro, Md. , to a 30-1 record last season and a No. 3 national ranking by the USA Today. Last season, she averaged 17 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and four assists per game during her junior campaign. She was an Honorable Mention All-American by Street & Smith's and participated in the 2005 USA Youth Development Festival. A Laurel , Md. , native, Liles is a two-time adidas All-American and was an adidas All-Star last year. She was also named Most Outstanding Player of Team Excel (AAU). † "Demauria is another great addition to our team and continues our commitment to sign the best local talent," said Frese. "She comes from a national high school powerhouse and will do what it takes to win. She is the ultimate team player. At 6-1, she's an athletic and versatile forward that can play inside and out. She can score, defend and rebound and will be a very exciting player to watch." † Emery Wallace, a 6-2 forward, has had a successful high school career at Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke , Va. She has amassed 1,256 career points through three seasons, averaging 19.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a junior. She was the 2005 River Ridge District Player of the Year and was selected Region III first team, second team all-state and first team All-Timesland twice. The Timesland also tabbed Wallace, a native of Roanoke , Va. , a Sizzlin' Sophomore in 2004. † "Our staff targeted Emery very early in the recruiting process. A forward, she is extremely skilled and has a very accurate shooting touch," remarked Frese. "Her leadership, work ethic and confidence are valuable attributes she brings with her. Emery is never satisfied and will push our team daily with her tenacity. Emery will have an outstanding career here at Maryland ." † The Maryland Terrapins are coming off a 22-10 season and a second-straight trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The team, who is ranked 14th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches and the Associated Press preseason polls, opens the 2005-06 with an exhibition game vs. EA Sports on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. † Demauria Liles (Laurel, Md./Riverdale Baptist) 6-1, Forward Junior Year: 17 ppg, 14 rpg, 3 bpg, 4 apg Helped Riverdale Baptist to a No. 3 national ranking and a 30-1 record in 2005; Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American; 2005 USA Youth Development Festival; adidas All-American (2004, 2005); adidas All-Star (2005); Most Outstanding Player Team Excel (2005). † Emery Wallace (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) 6-2, Forward Junior Year: 19.3 ppg, 7 rpg River Ridge District Player of the Year (2005); River Ridge District First Team (2004, 2005); Region III First Team (2004, 2005); Second team All-State (2004, 2005); First team All-Timesland (2004, 2005); Timesland Sizzlin' Sophomore (2004); Blue Ridge District third team (2003); 1,256 career points; 82.3 percent career free throw percentage (344-for-418).


Bill, this is my response to Iva Lea Shaffer†Volkmer, RHS class of 53,†who has sent me a Redskins souvenir.† "I will be wearing my Redskins apron you and Thumper sent me this Sunday.† And every game from now on, that is a given. I admit it, I always root for the team that is playing the Cowboys.†Love your experience at the Post Office. (Post office employee remarked upon seeing the Redskins souvenir Iva Lea was sending me that he was a Dallas fan.† Need I say more? His ears still ringing I am sure, ha ha ha.) Classic Redskins stuff. This from Carolyn Schoenfeld Wilfond, RHS class of 53. "MY FATHER USED TO TAKE ME TO GAMES BACK IN THE 40'S AND 50'S.† I HAVE A PROGRAM I SAVED WITH AUTOGRAPHS FROM WAY BACK WHEN.†† HANGING ON IN BOYNTON BEACH, LUV, CAROLYN"†† (Carolyn has homes in Boynton Beach and Marco Island, Florida and was hit hard by Hurricane Wilma) Any more Redskins trivia from your fans Bill? Dale

Dale, I have some but the only one who has contacted me about his souvenirs is Frank Shore . Bill

Hi Bill, I want to wish you a ‚§¶Refuah Schlaymah‚§? which in Hebrew means a speedy recovery.† May this surgery make you healthy like a newborn.† What type of procedure are you having?† I look forward to receiving your column when you are healed and back to writing.† Does ‚§¶C.F. Buell‚§? stand for Cortland Fayquier Buell?† I remember that name from my days at MacFarland Jr. High 1947-50. To answer your question of where I went to elementary school, I attended the Barrie Peter Pan School in DC which was owned by my aunt Frances Littman Seldin, except for 1942-44 when I attended West elementary school at 14th and Farragut.† Then I returned to the Barrie Peter Pan school for fifth and sixth grades and entered MacFarland in 1947. Who then ever thought I would end up a Bi-Coastal Floridian with a house on Marco Island and a condo in Boynton Beach . Carolyn Schoenfeld Wilfond

Carolyn, Thank you.† I had three stints put in the heart and have to go back in December for a fourth.† Yes I think that is the Buell that wrote in.† Phil Sullivan and I went to West when you did. Bill

Bill, After game 7 of the 2005 version of Anthony Wright†I do not know how Brian Billick can possibly start him in any games the rest of the year unless the other 2 QB's' are hurt. The guy continues to make the same mistakes over and over and over (taking sacks when you need to throw the ball away; not giving receivers a chance to catch the ball and make plays (i.e., throwing the ball out of bounds in the end zone), and continually locking onto one receiver). He has been in the league 8 years now, he has no excuses. He cannot play. Either Boller comes back next week or you give Kordell Stewart the reps as the starter and see what he can do because we already know what Anthony Wright can do, or should I say can't do. † I have been a supporter of Billick for years now but if he sticks with Wright he is going to lose a lot of support from me. Clearly Wright†cannot get it done and he is SERIOUSLY HURTING this football team at this point. He must sit down and somebody else, either Boller or Stewart needs to start next week. Ed †

Ed, Boller will start, Wright is #2 this week and Stewart was last seen at the Greyhound bus terminal off of Russell Street .† You have always been a supporter of ‚§¶Big Ego‚§?. Bill

[NOTE]† You can see Ed, Chris Marks, David J. and me on ‚§¶Inside Sports‚§? on PGCTV on November 18th (5 and 6:30 pm) and November 23rd (7:30 p.m.) discussing the Ravens, Redskins, Steelers among other sports.

Ed's letter to the Sun
That's it Jamison, start†trying to†cover yourself already by breaking the Kyle Boller is back story by saying he comes back with a caveat and speculate†on his future in a negative way.†Let's face it, you and Preston were wrong, Wright was not the answer and you are both too cowardly to admit it. Thus you'll continue to try and beat up a kid who has done nothing but work his butt off for this team. He made lots of strides last season as a real reporter, John Feinstein, documented in his book and did what he could with a patchwork lineup in pre-season so I†fail to see†how you and bonehead Mr. Preston can base anything off of that. Go back and watch the Colts first half again, if Moore could catch and Stover hits his field goals we would have been winning that game after one half. "Failed to lead a scoring drive", did†Kyle miss 2 field goals? You guys are like a couple of politicians, twisting the facts to support your ridiculous columns. You guys don't know football and are so intent on trying to†create controversy that†you continue to slant your columns in a negative way towards Kyle and you'll continue to be negative about the team. I thought it was called the Baltimore Sun? Sure seems like the "anti-Baltimore" Sun to me. That must make you guys real proud to just sit back and beat up your own town's team. †† Let's see†Kyle play with Mason and a o-line that is pass blocking the best it has all year, although we clearly have lost our running game (and it†isn't all†Jamal's fault as I told you and Mike 4 weeks ago). No, I don't expect miracles when†Kyle comes back, most of us know the limitations of this offense,†but give the kid a chance. But you won't, you and Mike are too hung up on yourselves to let go of your ridiculous biases and†have no chance of ever approaching solid reporting. You used to be one of those guys. Mike never was, that's why I dumped my Sporting News subscription 3 years ago, because of him. † And Preston really did us a favor there last†Saturday by firing up the Bengals and calling them soft. I'm sure you guys got 53 extra sales on Saturday when Marvin Lewis gave that article out to his whole team to use as motivation. Mike must really love to see the Ravens lose because his negativity isn't helping the Ravens cause and you seem to be following right in his footsteps. † I'd like to see a†South Carroll-Westminster field hockey game in your future and take Preston with†you because the two of you sure aren't football experts. † I'd rather hear and read from a guy like Aaron Wilson who gives me the facts and an honest assessment, unlike you and Mike who are selfless and intent on creating controversy. Ed

Jamison, I give you credit Jamison, you do respond to your email, I respect that.†All I ask of you guys is to give Boller a chance. Mike†has already written him off but that is what I expect from Mr.†Thinks He†Knows It†All. You have a much better track record than Preston , please don't become like him and become the new†Mr. Negative. The town and fans don't need more negativity. † I've been around sports my whole life (predominantly†with hockey players at the NHL/AHL level)†and have seen guys struggle when they are young and turn out to be†excellent professionals.†Olaf Kolzig and Todd Bertuzzi are two guys who jump out as players who struggled for several years and then became NHL all-stars. † Boller has had his struggles (early last year at the Skins game, for example)†but he's had some games that make you say, hey, maybe this guy can play given what he had around him (see Jets, Giants, Eagles, and Cowboys games last year to name some). I didn't see any bad games by him the last half of the year. He didn't always play great but he made progress. He is a good kid and works hard, he deserves a fair shake from you guys. I don't expect that from Mike but I'd like to see you and the rest of the media keep an open mind on him. If he can't play time will bear it out, but it is too early to be burying this guy, especially given what we've seen from the team with him†not playing†compared to how they have played with him as the starter. Remember he is still one of the youngest, if not the youngest, QB's in the league and that is a difficult position to learn. He deserves the chance to see if he can cut it. † You'll have plenty of time to bury him if he fails...but let's be sure before we toss him out. Thankfully Billick and Fassel will give him the chance and deserves and Fassel has a great track record with QB's. Ed

Bill, I'll say a little prayer for you while in the hospital and recovery.† Skip is loving that booklet you gave him at Pirate‚§Ās Cove a few weeks ago. I was a Northeast girl-attending Kingsman Elementary school , Eliot Jr. High and Eastern.† Talk of drugstores reminds me of the wonderful limeades my mother and I used to sip on at the Peoples at 10th† & F Streets across from Woodies when we went shopping downtown.† Also good memories of the Giant on Bladensburg Road NE where they had a donut machine.† What fun to watch the dough plot down and ride around on that hot grease, be turned over automatically and slid down a shoot for a taste of fresh donuts.† Across the street was the Frozen custard shop with the Big Bear† outside.† Speaking of bears, do you remember the huge white (well it was once white) bear in front of Zlotnick the Furrier‚§Ās on G Street ?† My dad worked for Capital Transit for over 40 years and spent most of that time working out of the car barn at 15th and H streets.† He and I say many movies at the Beverly Theater on 15th Street and then treated me to my favorite pineapple sundae at the Beverly Grill next door.† Great Times! And we all remember Glen Echo.† I was there about a year ago ‚§≥ the sign for the Crystal Pool remains as well as the Spanish Ballroom.† The carousel was refurbished and is open for rides beginning in May of each year.† Loved that roller coaster and those flying airplanes. Again take care and keep those good memories and sports coming. Pat Harford

Pat, Thank you for the prayers, they work.† I love pineapple sundaes and I remember the Zlotnick bear.† Say hi to Terry for me. Bill


How come the B/W area isn‚§Āt hearing Jim Rome, Nasty Nestor Aparico or Colin Cowherd on the radio?† They are light years better then what we have to put up with now. † Whatever happened to ESPN‚§Ās ‚§¶The Sports Babe‚§??† Also where is Laura Vecsey now? † In two long time DC football rivalries Coolidge defeated Roosevelt 33-19 and Eastern edged Anacostia 24-20. † Good Counsel won the WCAC field hockey tournament edging St. Johns 2-1. † Patuxent upset previously unbeaten Westlake 15-12 in SMAC football. † How many of you remember who Benny Bortnick was? † Over Baltimore way Francis Gretz passed away at age 87.† He built the Circle Drive In at 555 Dundalk Avenue in 1947, he ran the popular place for 50 years.† Our deepest sympathy goes to his family. † Navy needs one more win to be bowl eligible and they should get it this week when they host winless Temple . † Theodore Roosevelt High School football coach Daryl Tilghman has resigned after ten years and a 48-61 record. † Attendance is low for Washington Capitals home games despite the team having one of the NHL‚§Ās best young players in Alexander Ovechkin. † Our deepest sympathy goes to the family of Thomas Andrew Broaddus who passed away at age 75 on October 29th.† He was a graduate of Coolidge High School in DC where he was active in the Cadets.† After a tour in the Air Force he managed the Flower movie theater in Takoma Park and then Baronet Theater in Bethesda . † Sympathy also goes to the family of Francis Joseph Conlon who passed away at age 73.† He was a 1950 graduate of Gonzaga where he played on their 1949 DC Champion football team.† He also graduated from Catholic U. , he was a big Washington Redskins Fan. † ‚§¶Skitch‚§? Henderson died on November 1st at age 87.† He was a famous band leader who worked with Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra and others.† His first wife was actress Faye Emerson.† Our sympathy goes to his family. † Gary Williams is trying to keep up with Brenda Frese in recruiting and has picked up commitments from 6‚§Ā9 Jerome Burney, Jr., 6‚§Ā3 Eric Hayes, Handon Milbourne and Greivis Vasquez.† Williams class is rated in the top 20 nationally. † You know what I used to like were those Shanty burgers with the grease and onions. † I understand that several former high school coaches are looking into becoming sumo wrestlers. † How many local Baltimore ‚§≥ DC beers can you name? † Maryland plays their last home football game hosting Boston College this Saturday. † Ballroom Boxing returned to Michaels Eighth Avenue this past Thursday with a six fight card. Here are the results: Ismail Arvin and Terry Johnson had a technical draw when an unintentional head butt split Johnson‚§Ās head open and the blood flowed at 13 seconds of the second round. † Tyrell Samuel scored a second round TKO over Jonathon Jones. William Bailey unanimous decision over Sean Williams. Wes Hobbs unanimous decision over Hamilton Verano. Jose Rodriquez unanimous decision over Rodney Green. † In an exciting re-match Keenan Collins took a split decision over Martinus Clay.


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