Would we cancel TV and movies, too?


The TV repairman: The most clear-headed thinking regarding the suggestion that the pro football playoffs should have been canceled/postponed out of deference to the war was delivered by Marv Albert of NBC: "If they cancel games, you might as well close down the theaters and television. When President Kennedy was assassinated, the country was in mourning. We're not in mourning now. We're following a war."

* WETA (Channel 26) will carry the Mobil 1 track meet from George Mason University Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. Big names in the event include Henry Rono, eight-foot high jumper Javier Sotomayor of Cuba, Michael Johnson, who is No. 1 in the world in the 200 and 400, the top four women milers, including PattiSue Plumer and Doina Melinte, and the usual deep fields in the middle distances and hurdles . . . Tonight's Millrose Games in New York gets aired tomorrow (11:50 p.m.) on TBS.

* Seriously now, did all those folks who volunteered their kids to take part in a Super Bowl halftime show saluting Disney World really expect much of the show would get on national TV? Even without the predictable breakaways for Persian Gulf updates, rare is it when a network shows more than 30 seconds of one of those prescription intermission pageantries.

* Jim Palmer, uncredentialed manager of the Orioles all those years, gets a chance to play king of the dugout tomorrow when he calls the shots for the American League team in the Pepsi all-star softball game on NBC (Channel 4, 2:30 p.m.) . . . Tom Davis has won his fifth Maryland Sportscaster of the Year award, voted by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association . . . Sunday, NBC has Suns vs. Pistons and Bulls taking on the Lakers starting at 1 p.m. . . . Hopefully, ESPN will skip out on one of those tractor pulls and run the Dream Bowl II computer game between the 1978 Steelers and 1989 49ers one of these afternoons. It was one of the features of Super Sunday watching.

* Billy Packer (CBS) on college hoops: "One of the highlight shots of the entire basketball season and one typical of UNLV happened when Stacey Augmon [typical of his game] made a steal, looked for a teammate to pass to [typical of the Rebels' style of play] and, when he couldn't find anyone open and while on one knee, pushed up a shot and banked it in." Hmmm, sounds like dumb luck to me.

* This corner's NFL analyst of the year is NBC's Paul Maguire. The ex-player's comments run the gamut from right-on to he's-got-to-be-kidding, making you almost have to listen. Examples: "Here's where replays should be used, spotting the ball." Right on. "Andre Reed [Buffalo] is the best receiver in football . . . even Jerry Rice will admit it." Huh?

* Fight fans, be aware there's a goodie on ESPN tomorrow (4 p.m.): A tape of Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran. The good one, Montreal, 1980 . . . HBO is doing the Pernell Whitaker-Tracy Spann lightweight title bout and the Macho Camacho-Greg Haugen twin bill from Las Vegas Feb. 23 . . . Pay-per-view boxing cards are slated for March 8 and 15, April 15 and 19, which is patently ridiculous.

* Pssst, the Pro Bowl Sunday (8 p.m.) on ESPN ends football for, oh, several weeks. Remember, WLAF (What a Laugh) games spring up on ABC in late March . . . Speaking of the WLAF, New York Knights general manager Reggie Williams (ex-Cincinnati Bengals) has his players studying Spanish so they'll be able to read the offenses and defenses when they go to Barcelona for their opener against the Dragons.

* Both the NWA and WWF are marketing overtime in Japan with many tradeoffs in wrestlers and TV shows planned . . . Believe it or not, Lou Thesz, the only man to ever wrestle in seven decades, had a match in Tokyo last month. The 74-year-old legend with the artificial hip lost . . . Once upon a time hero Sgt. Slaughter is back from obscurity after denouncing the U.S. and figures as a big draw on the WWF circuit as a villain with his Iraqi manager Sheik Adnon.

* The lad who writes Sports on TV for USA Today speculates that the reason for the weak Super Bowl rating (41.8) is the No. 1 market team (Giants) was in the game "only four years ago," suggesting a blase attitude in the Big Apple. Right, Rudy.

* All in favor of NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue going before the American public in prime time and explaining his statement "The Super Bowl is a winter version of the Fourth of July" signify in the customary manner . . . Days of investigative reporting still haven't uncovered even the vaguest clue as to why Super Bowl referee Jerry Seeman had that huge grin on his face all afternoon.

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