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One of life's splendid ironies: Remember the actor who played "Boogie" Weinglass in Barry Levinson's movie "Diner?" Well, on the day Boogie was being KO'd in the NFL expansion soap opera (what are friends for, right, Guv?), Mickey Rourke was going down for the count, too.
Rourke, who fashions himself a boxer, was visiting ex-middleweight champ Carlos Monzon in a South American prison and he talked the convicted murderer into a little sparring session.
Mickey tossed out a couple of jabs and, zap, down he went, out cold, as the result of one stiff right cross. Apparently, neither the original nor the portrayer saw it coming.
* The first post-Buzz Sawyer JFK 50-Mile hike-run along the Appalachian Trail Saturday should be a screamer with last year's first four male finishers back, including three-time winner Chris Gibson, and Carolyn Showalter looking to resume her former victorious ways when she prevailed every year between 1985 and 1989.
Course record holder Mike Spinnler (5:53:05) has taken over direction of the ordeal getting under way at 7 a.m. at Boonsboro High School with Sawyer, after 30 years of directing, finally free to go out and compete in the event he nursed along so ably. About 450 have already signed up and, in all likelihood, more than 500 will start, the most since 1976.
Chasing Gibson, who slogged through the rain to a 6:25:39 last year, will be 1992 runner-up Tom Smith; irrepressible Dave Horton, who has finished in the top three seven times, and vastly improved Paul French. Sawyer will be feted at Friday night's carbo-load at the Ramada Inn in Hagerstown.
* No wonder they're having trouble unloading tickets for the biggie hoops struggle between Georgetown and Maryland the day after Thanksgiving at USAir Arena: Tickets cost close to $30 and this early-season tryst hardly figures to be a classic matchup.
* Get this! A lad named Bryan Jones averaged about 41 yards per carry last weekend while leading Lake Braddock to a 39-0 victory over W.T. Woodson in Washington Metro action. On six rushes, Jones had 245 yards and three touchdowns.
And speaking of banner performances by high schoolers, Reggie Skinner of White Oak, Okla., ran for 417 yards the other day, scoring seven touchdowns rushing, one on a punt return and another on an interception. The kid has scored a state-record 49 touchdowns this season.
* It may not rank up there with the next fight the unbeatable (and you know why) Julio Cesar Chavez plans, but the battle for the Maryland State light-heavyweight title on the Martin's West card Nov. 30 could prove a show-stopper. The combatants will be Fabian Garcia of Rockville, with a 10-5 record, against Fells Point tavern owner Jake "The Snake" Smith (10-3). They've met twice before, Garcia winning both, but that was three and four years ago before Smith went on a five-bout winning streak. The men are very selective in their fights, obviously.
* Temple's football team has been outscored by 35 points or more in seven of its past eight games, but first-year coach Ron Dickerson says his players aren't disgusted or disillusioned. "All along, we've been telling the kids they'd be overmatched. All we want is for them to play hard and our day will come," says the coach. Weekly, rival Big East coaches have been impressed with the Owls' continued grit.
* A newspaper in Raleigh, N.C., conducted a poll of its readers to come up with an all-time ACC hoops squad. And all things considered, the masses did a good job. Voters selected a first team of David Thompson, James Worthy, Christian Laettner, Michael Jordan and Bobby Hurley and, while I like the third team of Billy Cunningham, Len Bias, Sam Perkins, John Lucas and Charlie Scott just as much, it's all a guess.
Most would probably argue Ralph Sampson up from the second team and Phil Ford and Chris Corchiani down, but to its credit the electorate did seem to recall that guys played pretty good ball in the '50s and '60s, too. Indirectly, the Maryland cast ends up Bias, Lucas, Buck and Walt Williams, Albert King and Tom McMillen.
* They've almost completed the field for the "Superfights" pay-per-view show in Bay St. Louis, Miss., Dec. 3 with a phone poll determining the 16th and final entry from among seven hopefuls. Already in is Jason Williams, older brother of promising heavyweight Jeremy Williams who has never had a pro fight but, who, in seven fights while incarcerated, posted seven first-round KOs.
* Upon arrival as a clear-cut No. 1 after beating Florida State, Notre Dame crept up to third from seventh in the New York Times computer poll. To scale the heights the Irish obviously have to win the Super Bowl.