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For Giant Fans, Devil-May-Care Attitude Prevails

September 07, 1997|MAL FLORENCE

With the Dodgers and Giants locked in a heated division race, a hostile city rivalry is renewed--only the passion is apparently one-sided.

"The Dodgers were created by Satan," San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll wrote. "Most baseball fans know that. They are a group of evil men with evil intentions. They wear royal blue and play before fans who do not care anything about baseball."

Whatever, many Angelenos think that San Francisco is a "cool" place. Many San Franciscans believe that L.A. is a crass city.

Perhaps, it's best summed up by two magazine articles many years ago. One, by the late San Francisco columnist Herb Caen, was titled, "Why San Francisco Hates Los Angeles."

The other, by the late Times columnist Jack Smith on the facing page, was titled, "Why San Francisco Really Hates L.A."

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Trivia time: Who holds the NFL record for passes completed in a regular-season game?

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Reporter's nightmare: The Randalls, Randles and McDaniels crowd the Minnesota Viking roster:

Guard Randall McDaniel, quarterback Randall Cunningham, defensive tackle John Randle and linebacker Ed McDaniel.

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Hopscotch next? Several new sports have been added to the Summer Olympics, including trampolining, prompting Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune to comment:

"Apparently, just missing the cut as a medal sport was sticking your hand under your armpit and making loud noises."

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Wake up, Bill! Before Pittsburgh played Dallas last Sunday, Steeler Coach Bill Cowher had this assessment of Cowboy quarterback Troy Aikman: "[Troy Aikman] is probably one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL."

Probably? Cowher may revise his faint praise of Aikman after he threw four touchdown passes in the Cowboys' 37-7 rout of the Steelers.

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Is he clueless? Pro tennis player Justin Gimelstob, formerly of UCLA, told Topspin magazine that he tried to meet actress Alicia Silverstone by fax, only to be "dogged pretty bad."

Gimelstob says he got one reply from Silverstone's agent, asking for more information about him, then nothing. Gimelstob lamented, "I guess it wasn't meant to be."

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Trivia answer: Drew Bledsoe of New England, 45, against Minnesota on Nov. 13, 1994, in overtime.

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And finally: San Francisco 49er quarterback Steve Young, after suffering his third concussion in 11 months last Sunday against Tampa Bay:

"I have a fantastic life to look forward to, and a lot of things I would like to accomplish. I look to multiple careers. So I'm very cognizant of making sure I'm able to do that.

"So [sustaining a concussion on] the fifth or seventh play of the season is not what I'm looking forward to. But it was on the mild side and we'll treat it as such."

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