Radio station KCBJ has joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers football network - that's KCJB in Minot, N.D., 2,138 miles from Tampa.
In the Tampa area, suddenly there are "Why Not Minot" buttons and "RH Positive - a Bucs Transfusion" T-shirts.
What's happening? Excitement over the cinderella rookie quarterback, Randy Hedberg out of teensy Minot State, who stepped over the bodies of injured Mike Boryla and Gary Huff into a starting assignment and won one for the suffering, 0-14 last year, expansion club last week. For John McKay & Co., 14-0 over Baltimore represents triumphant progress even if it was only an exhibition.
Now Hedberg - "Randy Iceberg." "The Minot Flash," or as teammate Anthony Davis tags him by way of keeping the North Dakotan's head the right size, "Lonesome Polecat" - starts the NFL opener Sunday against Philadelphia. And if things keep on keeping' on, by the time the Redskins invade Tampa for Game 4 on Oct. 9, those buttons will be in profusion.
Wonder who will quarterback the Redskins that day?. . .
Commissioner Bowie Kuhn is out with baseball's postseason playoff schedule (and, indubitably, a sigh of relief that the arclightless Cubs faded out of the picture as usual):
National League championship series: Games 1 and 2, at West winner, 8:15 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 4 and 8:15 Wednesday Oct. 5; rest of best-of-five at East winner, Game 3 Friday Oct. 7 at 3:15 p.m. If necessary, Game 4 Saturday Oct. 8 at 8:15, Game 5 Sunday Oct. 9 at 5 p.m.
American League championship series: Games 1 and 2, at West winner, 3:15 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 5 and 8:15 Thursday Oct. 6: Game 3, at West winner, Friday Oct. 7 at 8:15. If needed, Game 4 Saturday Oct. 8 at 1:15, Game 5 Sunday Oct. 9 at 8:15.
World Series: Games 1 and 2, Tuesday Oct. 11-Wed, Oct. 12, 8:15 p.m. at AL champion's park; to NL city for Game 3, Friday 8:15: Game 4, Saturday 1 p.m. Game 5 (if needed), Sunday 1 p.m.; Games 6 and 7 would be in AL park, Tue.-Wed. Oct. 18-19, 8:15 p.m.