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He’s Fine at Line, but He Sputters With a Putter

Spud Webb of the Sacramento Kings has made 103 of 107 free throws this season.

When asked which is more difficult, a 15-foot free throw or a four-foot putt, Webb, an avid golfer, didn’t hesitate: “A four-foot putt.”

Webb noted that opposing players sometimes try to harass him when he steps to the free-throw line. “They’ll say, ‘This is just like a four-foot putt.’ They’ll try to mess with me,” he said.

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Trivia time: Who is the only player to win the Super Bowl most valuable player award while playing on the losing team?

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Can-did: Pitcher Dennis (Oil Can) Boyd, a former major leaguer, says he’ll cross the picket line and be a replacement player:

“If anybody calls The Can a scab, I’ll kick their . . . They can’t call me that. Ain’t no kid nowhere paid the dues that I paid to play in the big leagues.

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“They better know whose toes they are stepping on because Dennis Boyd ain’t letting nobody step on his toes. There’s nobody that can tell me what to do. I have to do this for The Can and nobody else.”

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Stretching it: Dan Shaughnessy in the Boston Globe: “When you really think about it, the World Cup (soccer) final might actually be better than Super Bowl XXIX.”

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Any argument? Lyle Spencer of the Riverside Press-Enterprise suggests that the Nissan Open at Riviera Country Club, Feb. 23-26, should be renamed the Nissan Jim Murray Open because “he has done as much for golf with his words as Palmer and Nicklaus have with their swings.”

Take it back: Jeff DeForrest on WIOD radio in South Florida, discussing the baseball strike:

“Replacement players? That’s like going to a Chinese restaurant, ordering Szechwan duck and they bring you Chungking chicken.”

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No kidding! After Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls was ejected from a Tuesday night game against San Antonio and threw a chair across the court before storming to the dressing room, Chicago Coach Phil Jackson said in an understatement:

“It’s obvious that Scottie has been under a lot pressure.”

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Sign language: Woody Paige of the Denver Post went to Jimmy Johnson’s restaurant in Miami and saw a woman near a water tank, dressed like a mermaid.

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“Are you a vegetarian?” he asked. “No, Sagittarian,” she replied.

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Nutso and bolts: Janine Lawrence was one of the 5,000 Charger fans who got up in the dark Friday to stand in a chilly San Diego parking lot and form a human lightning bolt.

“OK, so we’re a little nutso,” she said, grinning.

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The huge human bolt, sponsored by a radio station at the crack of dawn, was just the latest example of Super Bowl fever.

Consider:

--On a Navy aircraft carrier out at sea, sailors formed another human bolt on the giant flat top.

--An effigy of 49er quarterback Steve Young dangles in the wind over busy Interstate 8.

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Poverty: Nick Kypreos, New York Ranger forward, asked by customs officials if he had anything to declare upon re-entering the United States after the NHL lockout ended:

“No, the owners took it all.”

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Looking back: On this day in 1990, the San Francisco 49ers routed the Denver Broncos, 55-10, in the most lopsided Super Bowl victory.

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Trivia answer: Chuck Howley of the Dallas Cowboys in 1971.

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Quotebook: Danny Ozark, former Philadelphia Phillie manager on his team’s losing streak: “It’s beyond my apprehension.”


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