Cowboys' NFC title mark good news for 49ers fans


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For all their franchise glory, it's alarming to think that the Dallas Cowboys are below .500 when it comes to NFC title games (6-7).

* Thomas Williams, an unbeaten heavyweight from Laurel, heads a seven-fight, 32-round boxing show at Michael's in Glen Burnie Friday, taking on Terry Wallace, a 250-pound Marine from North Carolina. Williams turned pro after losing his amateur standing as a result of belting an official for what he thought was a bad decision in a National Golden Gloves title match. Boxing and dinner costs $30 and begins at 6:30 with tickets for boxing only (at 8 o'clock) going for $15. More information is available at 766-7474.

* No doubt the best thing that could have happened to the "Big A," Anaheim Stadium, as a result of the Northridge earthquake, was the total destruction of that hideous upper deck added for football (Rams) years ago. Until then, it was a dream ballpark.

* What is it with those namby-pambys from the Baltimore Road Runners. They called off a 10-miler at Loch Raven Sunday morning with the temperature well above zero and just a hint of a breeze wafting out of the northwest.

* One thing the never-ending Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding saga does is rob the world of thousands of Brian Boitano and Katarina Witt Olympic comeback stories.

* NHL All-Star Weekend will get under way Friday evening at 7:30 with a "Heroes of Hockey" game and a skills competition among the present-day stars on ESPN. Next afternoon, the game will be put in its worst light when NBC moves in to handle the no-defense game between the conferences.

* Hopefully, people will stop writing and featuring Michael Jordan in stories about his aspirations to become a big-league ballplayer literally overnight.

Whatever happened to the PGA Tour and all that time Michael wanted to spend with his family?

* With any luck, the NBA will still have a franchise in Minneapolis when it convenes at the Target Center for All-Star Weekend Feb. 11-13. Cities that are entertaining thoughts of constructing new arenas, take note: Owners aren't the easiest people in the world to get along with. The Timberwolves want the city to take the building off their hands.

* Whatever happened to the good old American tradition of athletes taking their chances with the competition and trying out for a team? The Dream Team worked for the Olympics. Dream Team II, which will represent the United States in the World Basketball Championships this summer, figures to be a barely noticed and boring sequel.

* Despite an Olympic gold medal and the light-heavy and heavyweight crowns, you can believe it when the newest member of the Boxing Hall of Fame, Michael Spinks, says: "I didn't really want to be a fighter. I only did it because my brother [Leon] and most of the other guys in the neighborhood did it." Mike once admitted that the most thorough thrashing he ever took from a person was administered by an older sister.

* A survey conducted by Baseball America uncovered that 1,745 respondents favored grass over artificial turf by a bit, 98 to 2 percent. Regardless, someone will put the deplorable stuff in anyway.

* If the Dennis Hopper "Marbles is a game . . . horseshoes and hand grenades" ad for Nike doesn't get you charged up for NFL playoff games, better check your pulse, man!

* Citing the first-year success of the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins, an outfit in Washington called Capital Baseball Inc. is back at it pushing for a $150 million ballpark in Northern Virginia and telling folks people close to the game's hierarchy say expansion is coming.

* They keep touting a "Super Grand Slam of Boxing" coming up on pay-per-view Jan. 29 without bothering to make clear who's fighting: it's Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Frankie Randall; Azumah Nelson vs. James Leija; Simon Brown vs. Troy Waters; and Felix Trinidad vs. Macho Camacho. They're all title fights and decent matchups with the added attraction of Razor Ruddock shaking off the rust on the undercard, taking on Canadian Gordon Racette.

* Here's a hot one! The people doing the $121 million renovation job on the Gator Bowl for the new Jacksonville Jaguars are promising to be done on time without cost overruns. Easy for them to say.

* Fifteen years ago tomorrow, jockey Stevie Cauthen lost his ride on Affirmed when the colt was a beaten favorite for a fourth straight time. Laffitt Pincay took over in the irons, and Affirmed finished his 4-year-old campaign with seven straight victories.

* Kansas City Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer tells the story: "At practice last week, I got on a knee in front of the center and was just looking across the line at Joe Montana as we were running plays. He asked me what I was doing, and I said I wanted to see if there was any fear in his eyes. There was none."

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