The Bullets land at Baltimore-Washington International Airport at 1:45 p.m. today (Delta flight 420), and in Philadelphia, George McGinnis is priming to land some team-spirited playoff emotion on the 76ers' Eastern Conference final opposition.
McGinnis appologized yesterday for his outburst over lack of playing time in the Sixers' four-game sweep over New York. "Just frustration," team captain McGinnis said after squaring things away with Coach Billy Cunningham.
"I feel I had a good year and I want to have a good playoff, and that's why I got emotional (Sunday in the dressing room), not because I was angry at Billy or anybody else on the team. I was angry more at myself. I want to do better than anyone else for obvious reasons." Those, of course, are memories of his piteous slump against Portland in last year's NBA finals.
"I'll continue to be emotional through the playoffs."
Said Cunningham, running the team through daily workouts until Sunday, earliest the Eastern final can begin, "Everybody's fine . . . everybody's contributing" . . .
The defending champion Blazers' predicament grows direr. Now Lloyd Neal follows Bill . . Walton to the sidelines; the forward's bum knee proved too sore in the current Seattle series and he was removed from Portland's roster yesterday in favor of Willie Norwood. . . .
From The Washington Post of Oct. 19, 1951: "Heartiey (Hunk) Anderson, for 10 years builder of the great Chicago Bears lines, flew into Washington last night eager to take over as head coach of the Redskins this morning . . ."
From The Post of Dec. 20, 1951: "Heartley (Hunk) Anderson, who 'coached' the Washington Redskins for about five hours this season and once was considered a sure bet to lead them next year, announced his football retirement in Chicago yesterday."
The Bears' owner-coach, George Halas had refused to let the Redskins' owner, George Preston Marshall, hire Anderson (on leave of absence but still under contract to Halas) without compensation - preferably tough tackle Paul Lipscomb. No deal, and Anderson retired to devote full time to his job as an account executive for Production Steel Co. of Detroit and Chicago.
Hunk Anderson never did return to football before he died Monday of a respiratory ailment, at 79, in West Palm Beach, Fla., whence he moved 11 years ago.
Mr. Anderson played the line at Notre Dame upder Knute Rockne in the early 1920s, went pro with the Bears, succeeded Rockne as Notre Dame coach after the fatal 1931 plane crash and following a three-year tenure (16-0-2), coached North Carolina State for three years. Then back to work for Halas, as-line coach when the Bears creamed the 'Skins, 73-0, for the 1940 title and, while Halas was in service, cocoach with Luke Johnson for three World World II years including the 1943 NFL championship won at Washington's expense, 41-21 . . .
Upheaval continues at Oklahoma. Jerry Pettibone, recruiting coordinator for eight years, and Gene Hochevar, offensive line coach for nine years, are leaving the university for one-third partnerships in Acme Oil Co. of Oklahoma City. Both said their resignations had nothing to do with reports that defensive coordinator Larry Lacewell quit last month because of a "bitter personal feud" with Coach Barr Switzer. Switzer agreed, but since the Orange Bowl debacle at Arkansas' hands, he's had problems. About the time Maryland basketball's problems with academics were being noised about, Oklahoma was putting football stars Thomas Lott, Kenny King; Reggie Mathis, George Cumby, Daryl Hunt, Greg Roberts core of the team and due back next fall on acadmic probation, sentenced to study hall three nights a week: bring grades up to 2.0 (c) averages spring semester or, goodbye . . . the winter, five footballers dismissed for violating dorm rules, two others arrested for burglary . . .
Maryland didn't have anybody on the Academic All-America basketball team just announced (after placing Jonathan Claiborne and Joe Muffler on football Academic All-America), but Duke's Mike Gminski and Jim Spanarkel represent ACC on 10-man Division I first team. Navy's Kevin Sinnett from St. John's High made second team (3.01 grade average as oceanography major). Duke, on t'other hand, is hoping football quarterback Mike Dunn catches up on his lagging studies to return eligible in fall for his senior season . . .
Sugar Ray Sonles fell through, and the main event on the D.C. Armory May 10 boxing card will pit locals Johnny Gant and Roland Pryor, 12 rounds for the D.C. welterweight championship - first such title . . .
The NL is ahead of last year's record attendance pace, largely due to the 50,000 who turned out on San Francisco bat day. Seems the near move here threw the fear into folks the way San Diego rallied after the Padres' near switch . . . A special state prosecutor has opened investigation into allegations of kickbacks and political corruption in the $54.6 million facelift of Yankee Stadium . . . Football's Rams are listening to proposals to move from L.A. Coliseum to the Big A in Anaheim. . .