NBC announcer Bob Costas, while visiting the demilitarized zone that divides North and South Korea, walked into a Quonset hut used for meetings between the two sides.
Wrote Rick Warner of the Associated Press: “In the middle of the hut was a desk. When Washington Redskins lineman Mark May visited the DMZ on a USO tour three years ago, he stuck a Redskins sticker under the desk when the North Korean guards weren’t looking.
“Costas, who heard about May’s prank from a U.S. Army major, decided to see if the sticker was still there. Sure enough, it was.”
Said Leigh Montville of the Boston Globe after learning that ‘yogi’ and ‘jogi’ mean ‘here’ and ‘there’ in Korean: “Maybe he should have been Jogi Berra on the road.”
Merlene Ottey, Jamaica’s flag-bearer at Seoul, was third in the women’s 100 meters in the 1984 Olympics and the 1987 World Championships. She was third in the 200 meters in the 1980 and 1984 Olympics and the 1987 World Championships. She also ran on Jamaica’s third-place team in the 400-meter relay in the 1983 World Championships.
She’s had enough.
“I don’t want to be the woman of bronze, but the lady of gold,” she said.
Question of the Day: Bill Glauber of the Baltimore Sun asks: “If so many of us have spent our lives avoiding the ‘Made in Korea’ label, how come the Itaewon shopping district is overflowing with bargain-hunting Westerners?”
Trivia Time: What player could set a World Series record this year by playing for his third franchise in three years? (Answer below.)
From Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe: “Here’s a pleasant thought: Unless the Houston Astros make a late, great charge, all the postseason games are going to be played on grass, the right stuff.”
20 Years Ago Today: On Sept. 19, 1968, Detroit’s Denny McLain won his 31st game, becoming the first pitcher to win 30 since Dizzy Dean in 1934 and the first to win 31 since Lefty Grove in 1931. The Tigers beat the New York Yankees, 6-2, despite Mickey Mantle’s 535th homer.
Said Houston Coach Jerry Glanville after the Oilers won their first two games in cliff-hangers: “We’re a team that lives on the edge. In fact, we’ve been accused that on away games, we hope one of our engines catches fire as we fly in. We’re not quite that dangerous, but I think that’s a good reputation for a young football team.”
In New York Sunday, the Oilers were incinerated by the Jets, 45-3.
Quote of the Week: Said Wisconsin running back Marvin Artley when asked about next Saturday’s game against Miami at Miami: “I can’t get intimidated by Miami. They are just another team we have to beat.”
Another? The Badgers have played Western Michigan and Northern Illinois. They are 0-2.
Said Mike Tyson from the Soviet Union, where his wife is working on location for her TV show: “This place looks like New York City in the 1940s in a black-and-white movie. It looks like the Depression with people waiting for soup.”
Trivia Answer: Don Baylor of Oakland. He played in the World Series for Boston in 1986 and Minnesota in 1987.
Calvin Griffith, former owner of the Minnesota Twins, on why he declined to speak to a convention of insurance agents in New Orleans: “They wanted 45 minutes worth, and I didn’t have 45 minutes worth.”