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Giants Seek to Eliminate Costly Errors : Pro football: New York has been its own worst enemy in its two most recent games against the Rams.

January 07, 1990|GEORGE WILLIS | NEWSDAY

Nittmo, 23, may or may not be the Giants' kicker in the divisional playoff game against the Rams Sunday. Allegre is eligible to be activated off injured reserve, and Coach Bill Parcells said he'll wait until Friday afternoon before deciding if he's going to make a switch. If the veteran Allegre gets the nod, Nittmo will likely be put on waivers or injured reserve and won't be eligible for the playoffs.

"I don't know what's going to happen," Nittmo said. "I'm just waiting like everybody else. But it would be nice to know, though."

Nittmo has kicked well, making nine of 12 field-goal attempts, but he hasn't made one longer than 39 yards (he's missed two from 47) and hasn't had to attempt a game-deciding kick.

If Parcells decides to use Allegre, Nittmo has no regrets. He's gotten a lot of exposure, including an appearance on "Late Night With David Letterman," where he was introduced as the only Bjorn Nittmo in the New Jersey telephone book.

"I've been watching (Letterman) since I was in college," said Nittmo, who was on the show last Friday night. "It was pretty fun. I like his type of humor. It's sarcastic. To be playing six weeks and then top it off by being in the Letterman show, it's been something."

Born in Lund, Sweden, Nittmo came to the United States as an exchange student attending Enterprise High School in Enterprise, Ala. The first football game he ever saw was the first one he played in. He later attended Appalachian State and married the athletic director's daughter. Their home is in Boone, N.C., hence Nittmo has more of a Southern accent than one that sounds Swedish.

"It doesn't matter how long he's been away from Sweden," Hermans said. "He's a Scandinavian, and there aren't many of them over here in sports. Most are in the NHL. Scandinavians take a lot of pride in someone who does well here."

With that, they have reason to take pride in Nittmo.

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