George Washington University announced yesterday it is bringing a basketball biggle into Smith Center on GW campus to play the Colonials Jan. 25: defending Metro-Seven champion Florida State.
TV does it again. The Metro 7 arranged the date here for FSU in place of Virginia Tech's scheduled visit to GW so new member Tech can play Cincinnati a league game that date, as part of the conference broadcast package.
Georgetown, which this week sprang basketball blockbuster in dating Indiana for Capital Centre Dec. 6, elbows into the picture again: the Hoyas will tune up Dec. 16 against the People's Republic of China touring men's basketball team, as half of D.C. Armory twin bill. The Maryland women's varsity will play the Chinese women in the other.
Mighty diplomatic of the Hoyas, who two years ago enjoyed a playing tour of the other China - Taiwan. Pollin and Friends
Abe Pollin wins further major recognition for all the good works he does along with running Cap Centre, Bullets, Capitals, etc. etc.: bestow on him its National Humanitarian Award. Pollin will be cited for outstanding community service at the 500,000-member Jewish service organization's Gold Medallion ($135-a-plate) Dinner and Ball Nov. 26 at Washington Hilton. A mighty nice things for Pollin to learn just after returning from the Israel trip with his basketball team . . .
And the new radio play-by-play man for the NBA champions on WTOP-1500 is . . . Mei Proctor, two weeks in gear already as the AM station's sport director. He comes to the Bullets (who don't employ him, WTOP does) from KGMB radio and TV in Honolulu, where he did U. of Hawaii football and basketball and Hawaii Islanders minor league baseball.
The Orioles keep up the Baltimore broadcasting shuffle with announcement that it's goodbye WBAL after 22 years. WFBR-AM-1300 has been awarded th e Bird radio contract the next four years. Oriole GM Hank Peters said WFBR offered "substantially more money," but he also noted the station "has further committed itself to expanding and improving the quality of our radio network which services the out-of-town areas from which we draw so heavily."
And fear not, Chuck Thompson-Bill O'Donnell loyalists: they stay.
The body of Monxa racing victim Ronnie Peterson was flown home to Sweden for burial following an autopsy that confirmed he died of embolisms in the bloodstream - obstructions of fat that invaded the vessels from the crushed bones of his legs. Injured Sunday in a 10-car crash in the Italian Grand prix, Peterson underwent six hours of surgery. Death followed, and bitterness and doubt are rampant among fellow drivers and other observers. For instance, race winnre Niki Lauda said his doctors told him medics in Milan had no business operating on peterson until the shock of his smashup had worn off.
Heading into Saturday's TV game, Woody Hayes had had Ohio State football practices closed for weeks. Bobody knows for certain if Rod Gerald will be at quarterback or switched to wide receiver with frosh flash Art Schlichter throwing for the 0-0 Buckeyes against 2-0 Penn State. Meanwhile, Nittany Lion flinger Chuck Fusina's backup, Northern Virginian Dayle Tate, the former Lee H.S. All-Met who was redshirted last year after cracking his collarbone, was going great guns in the Rutgers game Saturday until . . . fractured clavicle, again.
Bill Veeck is 0 for 33 on protests of games now that American League President Lee MacPhail has turned down as less than vital Minnesota twin Willie Norwood's appearence against Veeck's White Sox in a uniform that didn't bear his name . . . Johnny Bench is down to one for two in the restaurant business. His original Johnny Bench's HOme Plate still thrives in Cincinnati but year-old Johnny Bench's Home Stretch over in Florence, Ky., just folded - a la the Reds in the '78 NL West chase . . . The Post's nancy Scannell, chatting on the phone with Twins owner Calvin Griffith after Minnesota Democrats nominated Bob Short for U.S. Senate: "You're not going to send Short back to us are you?" Ribbed (?) Griffith: "We sure are, and I'm coming with him as his aide." Bottoming Out
The Bottom 10, a regular feature in the Los Angeles Times by Steve Harvey, finds Virginia off to a fast start again, ranked fifth-worst major college football team in the country and, furthermore involved in Harvey's "Crummy game of the Week": Navy-Virginia. But wait, next line in our copy of the Times says, "Rout of the Week: Michigan vs. Virginia." Poor Cavs. Actually it's Illinois that gets thrown to the Wolverines Saturday.