Eckman has seen fixes before, and NFL's is one of first order


Did you know that Glen Burnie mayor Charley Eckman, the ex-NBA ref and coach, doesn't mince words when asked what he thinks of the NFL's awarding Charlotte an expansion franchise and putting four other cities, including Baltimore, on hold until later this month?

"I was there and saw the point-shaving scandals in college basketball, but what the NFL did was a fix of the first caliber," said Eckman.

"That decision was made a long time ago and my opinion is that Baltimore won't get an expansion team because the big man of the group [of owners] is Art Modell of the Browns. Modell fired Ernie Accorsi [consultant to the Baltimore group] you know, and he isn't about to have him back in the league."

Two years ago in this column, Eckman said that Charlotte and St. Louis would get the expansion teams.

"But don't worry, [L. A. Raiders owner] Al Davis is going to move his team here," Eckman said.

Unique golf tourney

You might want to sign up for a unique golf tournament for the benefit of the Anne Arundel County Police Youth Activities Take Back Our Streets program.

It's an indoor golf tournament featuring Boog Powell and Johnny Unitas from 4 to 10 p.m. Nov. 15 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Powell, the ex-Orioles first baseman, and Unitas, the Colts' Hall of Fame quarterback, will be among a horde of local celebrities and politicians scheduled to participate on Michael's indoor links and take in a bull roast afterward.

"We're going to set up two 36-hole courses for some semi-serious golfing," said Sen. Michael Wagner, who is playing host to the event to raise money for youth activities in the public housing communities of Freetown, Meade Village and Pioneer City.

Advance reservations are urged. Call Susan Davies at (410) 760-6453 or Vickie Bowen at (410) 222-1148.

Coached by Oriole

Did you know that county pitchers Mike Wooden (North County), Brandon Agamennone (Arundel) and Bill Bussey (Old Mill) had the privilege of being coached by the Orioles' Elrod Hendricks the last few weeks of their fall baseball season?

Cross training

How about this from an anonymous male on my 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499?

"The reason Kristen Nicolini [Annapolis] and Becky McDivitt [Glen Burnie] were 1-2 in the county cross championships and don't get injuredas many other county girls do, is because they swim on a team," said the caller.

Nearly perfect

How about congrats to the Severna Park JV girls soccer team (11-0-1) and goalie Lauryn McAllister for going unscored upon with the only blemish being a 0-0 tie with Chesapeake?

Matchuk owns record

Did you know that Pasadena's Steve Matchuk scored three goals for Mount St. Joseph against St. Mary's last week to become the Gaels' all-time leading soccer scorer with 75 goals and 29 assists?

Up-and-coming heavyweight

A guy who might one day jump into the ring with Riddick Bowe or Evander Holyfield, up-and-coming heavyweight Thomas Williams (7-0) returns to Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie tomorrow night.

Williams, who began his pro career under the tutelage of Holyfield's trainer, Lou Duva, headlines the dinner and boxing show and his opponent is Baltimore journeyman, Warren "Chico" Thompson (6-9-1).

Williams last fought at Michael's in January of this year, taking a controversial TKO of Pasadena's Butch Kelly just 58 seconds into round two.

After one more fight with Duva, Williams was coaxed away by Bob Arum and signed a three-year contract with Top Rank.

Several popular local fighters are on the undercard, including middleweight Alfonzo Daniels (4-0) and light heavyweight Bobby Haarhoff (2-0), proteges of Crofton trainer Jeff Novotny.

Also, a light heavyweight rematch of what was a rock 'em -sock 'em brawl in November 1991 features Boyor "Sugar Boy" Chew (5-3) of Annapolis and Joe "Zap" Blyther of Laurel. Chew spoiled Blyther's pro debut that night by taking a split decision.

For ticket information to tomorrow night's show, call (410) 766-7474 or (410) 768-7901.

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