Block of NFL humanity rolls into town to honor late trainer of Colts


The 28 strapping young giants roaming the Inner Harbor an downtown area today don't mean we're growing 'em bigger in Baltimore. These men are NFL players here to represent their teams at tomorrow evening's Ed Block Courage Award banquet at Martin's West.

In 1984, after the Colts left Baltimore, what had been a smallish local banquet named for the late Colts trainer, Ed Block, went national in scope.

Behind founder and organizer Sam Lamantia, a Baltimore hair stylist, the affair has raised $1.4 million to help abused children. The local beneficiary is Courage House at St. Vincent's Center on Pot Spring Road.

* The Bullets' losing streak went to nine over the weekend with an 87-72 loss to the Lakers, their sixth straight at home. Around the NBA, they're saying the Bullets don't much care about the losing. The more they lose, the better off they'll be for next year's draft.

Washington's slump hasn't driven the customers away. Saturday there was a sellout crowd of 18,756 at the Capital Centre. Of course most of those were there to see Magic & Co.

The Bullets will need to lose their next four to equal the franchise's record losing streak of 13, set in Baltimore in 1966-1967, when the team went 20-61.

Jerry Krause, now the Chicago Bulls' vice president of basketball operations, worked in the Bullets' front office in Baltimore in that miserable season 24 years ago. He was GM Buddy Jeannette's assistant. Today, with no little help from a man named Jordan, dTC Krause has built the Bulls into one of the strongest teams in the NBA. Yesterday they beat Atlanta for their 44th victory.

Says Krause: "My first year in Chicago seven years ago we won 38 games. We're well over that now and we still have 24 games to play." The Bulls' record for victories is 55, set last year.

* All that business about Kenny Cooper offering his resignation as Blast coach if the team should again lose to San Diego in the finals is much ado about nothing.

Blast owner Ed Hale loves Kenny Cooper. There may not be a coach anywhere in sports who enjoys such admiring support from his owner. Cooper knows that. It doesn't mean much when he says he'll "offer" the boss his resignation.

* Every golfer -- and there are plenty of those nowadays -- should understand the debt his game owes to Joe Dey, who died last week at 83.

Dey was executive director of the U.S. Golf Association for 35 years in addition to being, as USGA president C. Grant Spaeth says, "the overpowering force in golf for four decades." Dey was a man of the highest principles. In an age when people have soured on tennis brats and ill-behaved athletes in most sports, Joe Dey remains one of the main reasons golf enjoys its comparatively sparkling image.

* Dave Cottle, coach of the Loyola College lacrosse team that finished No. 2 in the nation last year -- and which many predicted would be No. 1 this year -- had his Greyhounds practicing in Florida all last week. They watched the Dodgers in spring training and met Darryl Strawberry and Eddie Murray. And at week's end they blew a 6-1 lead at Virginia and were upset by the Cavaliers, 17-10.

So do you think Loyola will train in Florida next year?

Meeting the Loyola lacrosse players sure didn't hurt Darryl Strawberry's game. On Friday, against his old team, the Mets, Strawberry doubled off the leftfield wall, homered over the rightfield wall and threw out a runner at the plate.

* Pam Shriver was right when she brought Monica Seles to the Arena last fall and said the teen-ager would replace Steffi Graf as No. 1 in the world. Seles is No. 1 effective today. The question remains, will our Pammy ever rejoin the company of the Grafs and Seleses?

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