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In the Case of Georgia, Gone is Forgotten Too

September 04, 1996|ALLAN MALAMUD

Long gone to St. Louis, off the wall in Anaheim. . . .

The Orange County Sports Hall of Fame, which honored Ram owner Georgia Frontiere with a lifetime achievement award in 1989, has removed her bronze plaque from the Court of Honors at the organization's museum in Anaheim Stadium. . . .

One Ram official who remains popular in the Southland, Jack Faulkner, celebrated the start of the NFL season by signing a five-year contract to continue as a scout and personnel consultant. . . .

That will take to Faulkner to 75, when he probably will be offered a job by the L.A. football Dodgers. . . .

For openers, which Super Bowl XXX team looked worse, the Dallas Cowboys or the Pittsburgh Steelers? . . .

You knew the Cowboys were in big trouble against the Chicago Bears on Monday night when tackle Erik Williams committed three infractions on two plays during their first series. . . .

Jimmy Johnson made another shrewd move when the Miami Dolphins signed Craig Erickson, a capable backup quarterback in a league that doesn't have many. . . .

NBC's Dick Enberg, who began as the radio voice of the Los Angeles Rams, is in his 30th season as an NFL announcer. . . .

Unlike so many of his colleagues, Enberg never has taken himself too seriously. . . .

How important is opening day in the NFL? From 1978-95, excluding the shortened 1982 season, 126 of the 239 teams that won openers made the playoffs compared to only 54 of the losers. . . .

Keyshawn Johnson, the USC wide receiver who was picked first in the draft by the New York Jets and then missed 24 days of camp because of a contract dispute, didn't play much in the 31-6 loss at Denver. . . .

Never at a loss for words, Johnson was quoted as saying after the game, "If I don't start the next game, then something is obviously wrong." . . .

On Monday, he said, "When I get more familiar with the offense and I don't have any hesitation at all, then I should be in there at all times." . . .

The loss to Penn State lowered USC's record against Big Ten schools to 58-27-2 going into Saturday's game at Illinois. . . .

The Trojans are 5-0 in Champaign, Ill. . . .

UCLA Coach Bob Toledo on opening day at Tennessee: "I'm not going to be nervous, but I'm going to be excited." . . .

You've got to love Todd Hollandsworth's intensity. . . .

Chipper Jones lost out to Hideo Nomo as rookie of the year in 1995, but the Atlanta Braves' third baseman would be sophomore of the year if that award were given out. . . .

Kansas City right-hander Tim Belcher's 1-hour 53-minute shutout of Toronto on Labor Day was reminiscent of the quick and effective work of another former Dodger, Al Downing. . . .

In far more typical American League action the same day, Mike Greenwell drove in nine runs, but his team, the Boston Red Sox, needed 10 innings to beat the Seattle Mariners. . . .

This is the year of the Rodriguez, as in Seattle's Alex, Texas' Ivan and Montreal's Henry. . . .

Fernando Valenzuela has made a prophet of Mike Brito, the scout who signed him and insisted he had some good years left after the Dodgers released him in 1990.

When Brett Butler steps into the batter's box for the first time at Dodger Stadium on Friday night, the umpire should allow the crowd to applaud for as long as it wants before the first pitch is thrown. . . .

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Will Bruce Seldon give Mike Tyson more than a brief workout Saturday night at the MGM Grand? . . .

You might be able to tell even before the opening bell. Tyson's last victim, Frank Bruno, was a nervous wreck walking down the aisle. . . .

Marco Antonio Barrera, Jesse Magana and Kennedy McKinney, who will appear on the Sept. 14 card at the Forum, will engage in a workout free to the public Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Forum parking lot. . . .

The U.S. showing in the World Cup of Hockey is doing nothing to harm the reputation of Coach Ron Wilson, whose other job is with the Mighty Ducks. . . .

Mary Carillo and John McEnroe, old mixed doubles partners and then sparring partners who are teaming up for CBS telecasts of the U.S. Open, ought to work together more often. . . .

Who's having the better baseball season, Oh Henry! or Snickers?

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