Say what you will about the Campbells and Andersons, there will never be another Jim Brown as a carrier of the football.
Well, there might have been. Listen to the divorced (1972) wife of the Cleveland Brown great talk about Jim Brown Jr. in Atlanta:
"When Jimmy was in junior high, I was watching his team play once from my car. He took a handoff, broke all those tackles and started racing down the sideline. Suddenly, watching his moves, his stride, his build, I thought, 'My God, I'm watching Jim Brown all over again.'"
But then, she said, "Someone made a mistake with him when we first came to Atlanta. When he went out for football an assistant coach compared him to his father. Jimmy has his own reasons for not playing football, and I respect those reasons."
The end? No. He's the senior guard, currently, at undefeated Lakeshore High -- basketball guard, and judging from the rave notices on the 6-2 1/2, 180-pound whiz, you're only hearing the first of him.
"Jimmy's good enough to start for our team right now," says one major-college scout . . .
Two New York state legislators said yesterday they will introduce a bill to require protective headgear and 10-ounce gloves (instead of the present eight-ouncers) in all professional boxing matches. Responds Floyd Patterson, the ex-champ now on the N.Y. State Athletic Commission: "The headgear would take away from the excitement . . . would kill boxing" . . .
Hereabout, light-heavy puncher Biff Cline, having given it "my best shot," has retired from the ring and returned to the U.S. Capitol police force. Meanwhile, papa Chris Cline takes his Washington junior middleweight, Wilson Bell, to Atlantic City to box Teddy Mann on the Leon Spinks-Alfredo Evangelista card in Atlantic City Saturday; Derrik Holmes, the unbeaten feather-weight, goes on the same card in an eight-rounder against Livio Nolasco . . .
"Frank Kush is definitely the man right now. It's up to somebody else to beat him out." So says the Phoenix Gazette of the booted-out Arizona State coach's bid to coach the Baltimore Colts. To which Kush commented, "All I know is that Dick Szymanski (Colt g.m.) told me he had five or six more people to interview" . . .
Al McGuire, Digger Phelps, Dave Gavitt -- all those names bandied about as next coach of the NBA Knicks -- put 'em on the back burner. The M-Square Gardeners passed official word yesterday Red Holzman is staying on at least for 1980-81 season . . .
Two more body blows to the ill-starred CYO-M Club track and field invitational Friday night at Maryland: high jumper Franklin Jacobs and world cross-country champ John Treacy, slated for the two-mile, have bowed out . . .
Sex and drug charges -- and now Bernard King of the Utah Jazz has clearance to leave the state for treatement of alcoholism in a Santa Monica, Claif., hospital . . . At Tennessee, where King used to play, the honest man: Coach Don DeVoe. Lifting the suspension (for sneaking out of a motel room) of his star, Reggie Johnson, and a sub center two days early, just in time to play at Florida tonight, DeVoe said: "I think they've been penalized enough. I don't want to do anything that's going to hinder our chances of winning another important basketball game" . . .
Last word from Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau: "I would never be associated" with a proposal to transfer the Moscow Olympics to Montreal because of the Afghanistan situation.