SBJ/January 29 - February 4, 2001/Other News

Jurgensen's son fired by somebody who does it often

Danny Snyder has done it again. This time round, insiders say, he's fired Sonny Jurgensen's son, Gunnar, who had been head of the Redskins' sales and merchandising department. The younger Jurgensen's failing? Though sales were higher than they had ever been, they still hadn't reached the unrealistic projections set by Snyder, which included playoff appearances. Not only did Snyder have Jurgensen fired, but he had him escorted out of the Skins' offices by the Prince George's County Police. Obviously, Janet Reno wasn't available. One can only wonder if Marty Schottenheimer will last longer than the expiration date on milk cartons.

WHEN RITE IS WRONG: As part of its annual licensing process, Yonkers Raceway was asked by the N.Y. State Racing and Wagering Board what its emergency plan would be in the event of "fire, natural disaster or other acts of God." The response: "We are developing a plan: presently, our No. 1 option is to say the Rosary." That hardly brought a kneeling ovation from board members who delayed granting Yonkers a license, allowing it to remain open till a revised application was submitted. Maybe, with the track up for sale and many saying it doesn't have a prayer, Yonkers Raceway was looking for a little divine help.

A CASE OF LESS IS MORE: There were 300 events in Sydney, as compared to 150 in the 1960 Summer Games in Rome. Now the IOC, along with FIFA, soccer's governing body, are considering adding five-a-side beach soccer to the 2008 Summer Games — a game bearing the same relationship to soccer as beer ball to baseball. "Apparently," writes Helen Elliott of the Los Angeles Times, "too many headers have addled their thinking."

BASEBALL'S BATTLEFIELD: Remember the movie "Field of Dreams" — spawned by W.P. Kinsella's book, "Shoeless Joe" — and its memorable line, "If you build it, they will come"? Well, the magical field was built out of a Dyersville, Iowa, cornfield. No, make that two cornfields. According to photographer Stephen Wilkes, the two owners of the field are raising corn and cane with each other, one farmer claiming ownership of left and center fields and his neighbor, right and the infield, with each having his own souvenir stand. As Wilkes told New York Daily News columnist Mitchell Fink: "The whole thing is so bizarre. When you're standing in the middle and someone says, 'I own right, but he owns left, center and the sunset,' everything starts to sound like the Abbott and Costello 'Who's on First' routine."

BELIEVING THE BASKET IS HALF FULL: After his team, Frederica Academy on St. Simons Island, Ga., lost a basketball game earlier this month to Memorial Day School in Savannah by a score that wasn't as close as the 89-1 final tally indicated, Frederica coach David Cutia tried to put a positive spin on the team's efforts. "We started to get some good looks in the second half, but the shots just didn't fall," Cutia said. Sure sounds like the kind of optimist who believes his wife has stopped smoking cigarettes 'cause he finds cigar butts around the house.

LINE OF THE WEEK: Bernie Lincicome, in the Rocky Mountain News, in his New Year's resolution: "I will start a petition to have Anna Kournikova declared a hood ornament."

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