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A Magical Moment Is Frozen in Time

May 26, 2003|Mike Hiserman

The controversial Kentucky Derby photo that caused an investigation into Funny Cide jockey Jose Santos inspired Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Frank Fitzpatrick to study other famous sports photographs.

Enlarging them, he wrote, keyboard planted firmly in cheek, about previously unnoticed discrepancies.

A prime example: The photograph of Dallas Cowboy coach Jimmy Johnson sprinting off the Veterans Stadium turf in Philadelphia, shielding his head from snowballs being hurled by unruly Eagle fans.

After careful examination, Fitzpatrick wrote:

"Notice the grimace on Johnson's face. In reality, his hand-over-head pose had nothing to do with the snowballs. Following his pregame shower that day, Johnson had inadvertently placed his hand in the path of his hairspray. It didn't unfreeze until the Washington game, a week later."

Trivia time: What is the only speedway that will have both an Indy Racing League and CART race this year?

Hall monitoring: New York Yankee and Boston Red Sox fans were at it again recently, this time over which team's cap pitcher Roger Clemens should wear in the Hall of Fame.

With the right-hander scheduled to go for win No. 300 today, AOL polled its users for their opinions.

The result: A tie. Each team got 48%.

Tip of the cap: Clemens, by the way, has made it clear his preference is a Yankee cap -- probably the wise choice considering who signs his checks.

However, the final say is the Hall's and Jeff Idelson, one of the museum's vice presidents, told ESPN.com, "We want the logo to be emblematic of where this player made his most indelible mark."

That being the case, put a B on that bust. Clemens is Boston's franchise leader in innings, strikeouts, shutouts, starts and double-figure strikeout games. And he's tied with none other than Cy Young as the Red Sox's winningest pitcher.

Then again, Young is in the Hall wearing a Cleveland Naps' cap.

All wet: Here's another one for the Hall: At a Class-A South Atlantic League game in Lakewood, N.J., Friday, Bill Butler became what is believed to be the first groundskeeper ever tossed from a professional baseball game.

It was raining steadily and both managers were ready to call it quits when Butler first tried to tell the umpires it was time to cover the field.

He was told to stay away.

A short time later, Butler started to press his case, coming back out -- this time with a copy of the local weather radar -- as the umpires huddled.

That's when he was thrown out. Only after that did the umpires finally instruct the rest of the grounds crew to cover the field.

Showed him.

Trivia answer: California Speedway, the IRL on Sept. 21 and CART on Nov. 2.

And finally: The new double-A baseball team in Montgomery, Ala., which opens play next year, has chosen its name -- the Biscuits -- and logo, an animated biscuit with pats of butter for a tongue and cleats.

Question: Should they slump, will they be called Limp Biscuits?

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