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Deep Thoughts From Allen or Only Blubber?

Marcus Allen of the Kansas City Chiefs is moving up in several all-time NFL statistical categories for running backs. The 35-year-old veteran player is reluctant to talk about his accomplishments, though.

“I’m really not comfortable talking about myself,” Allen told Kent Pulliam of the Kansas City Star.

“You know, it’s a little bit like a whale. He doesn’t get harpooned until he comes up to blow. I feel a little like the whale coming up to blow when I am talking about myself.”

Trivia time: What is the NCAA Division I-A record for the longest field goal?

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Try again: Bruce Jenkins in the San Francisco Chronicle before the 49er-Carolina Panther game last Sunday:

“The Carolina game is a victory, OK? You let [Elvis] Grbac handle it. And if things get rough, go with [Steve] Young in the fourth quarter. The ultimate relief pitcher.”

Things did get rough. Grbac got hurt late in the game. Young didn’t play and the 49ers were upset, 13-7.

The elite 10: The Sports Marketing Letter identified the estimated incomes of several athletes by endorsements.

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No surprise that Michael Jordan was No. 1 at $35 million, followed by Shaquille O’Neal at $14.5 million. However, two aging stars, Jack Nicklaus, at $13 million, and Arnold Palmer, at $12.6 million, were third and fourth.

Wayne Gretzky was No. 6 at $8.8 million, and Bonnie Blair No. 10 at $3.6 million.

How big is big?After the Vancouver Grizzlies, an expansion team, had beaten the Trail Blazers, 92-80, Nov. 3 in Portland, Dwight Jaynes of the Oregonian wrote:

“And it may have been the worst loss in the history of the Portland franchise. And one of the biggest upsets in the history of the NBA.”

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Surely, Jaynes has researched NBA upsets since the league was formed in 1946.

Memorable moment: Last Wednesday was the 25th anniversary of New Orleans Saint kicker Tom Dempsey’s NFL-record 63-yard field goal against the Detroit Lions in a 19-17 victory.

Detroit Coach Joe Schmidt was so stunned by Dempsey’s last-second accomplishment that he said, “It’s like winning the Masters with a 390-yard hole in one on the last hole.”

Ouch!Nick Canepa in the San Diego Union-Tribune: “Tommy Morrison is accused of punching one woman and biting another in a Jay, Okla., altercation. Bet the bite hurt more.”

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Looking back: On this day in 1911, Jim Thorpe kicked four field goals and an extra point in leading the Carlisle Indian School to an 18-15 upset of Harvard.

Trivia answer: 67 yards, shared by three players--Steve Little of Arkansas and Russell Erxleben of Texas in 1977, and Joe Williams of Wichita State in 1978.

Quotebook: Jon Koncak of the Orlando Magic on replacing injured center Shaquille O’Neal: “Pressure to me is being in an airplane and the pilot dies and they ask me to fly the plane.”


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