Captain Airwaves' TV Column in Style (check it out) beat us to the big NBC-ACC-Notre Dame news today, leaving FarFare to dog it with Virginia Coach Terry Holland's real story about the family pet: Yes, she's named Dean, but not for North Carolina Coach Dean Smith.
"We have a neighbor named Dean," Holland said, clearing the pre-final-four air. "The kids wanted to name it. The kids always want to name (our animals) after somebody. They named the turtles after me (if they're plural, are they terrapins and is another one Lefty?), they named the rabbits (they're plural) after Ann (Mrs. Holland)."
Can't catch the Leonard-Bonds cablecast from Syracuse? WOL-AM-1450 will carry after-rounds (maybe not very plural?) descriptive, Rock Newman at the mike. . . Soccer fans responding to the new Dips' ticket ads only to find Ticketron has none: the club cites legal technicalities that should be cleared up soon -- surely before April 11 opening. . .
Larry Cole, so long a Redskin nemesis, announces his retirement in Dallas today. Thirteen years a stalwart on the Cowboy defensive line, he played in a record 25 playoff games. . .
Maury Wills, in his first spring as Seattle Mariner manager, broke out the big broom yesterday; the club released veterans Dave Heaverlo, Rob Dressler, Ted Cox and Willie Norwood outright. It also traded the only Mariner farm product to play in the big leagues, outfielder Rodney Craig, to Cleveland for perennial prospect Wayne Cage. . .
AU's Boo Bowers, despite his 19-game injury absence, is known quality enough to be bound for the coaches' all-star game Sunday, between NCAA tourney sessions, in Philadelphia's Spectrum, and for the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational April 1-4. . . NFL Players Association stages its eighth annual charity awards banquet Saturday, Sheraton Washington; $100 a plate, to raise funds for the union's summer youth development program. . . The 12-man Egyptian Rowing Federation makes a U.S. tour debut Saturday as guests of Georgetown University, racing the Hoyas from Thompson's Boathouse at 11 a.m.
Worthy cause Sunday afternoon for Caps-Islanders plus free hockey stick for every fan: Epilepsy Foundation, if so specified on ticket orders. . . Reminds us, FF fumbled in saying Chico Resch, dealt to Colorado this month, wasn't the Islander goalie who wanted to be traded last spring. Also, regular-season result was Eagles 10, Raiders 7. . . Yeah, and we left the shortstop off Clint Hurdle's all-hot dog team -- and gained a punch line. He used to be the only big leaguer to make more errors than FanFare: now Garry Templeton, says Hurdle, is "known to bounce the ball on the AstroTurf before throwing to first." Purposely.
One more: whichever network(s) should employ Marv Albert next season should let him do an Illinois Wesleyan game. So what if it's Division III: Wesleyan's star is Greg Yess. Yessss!