Did you notice the other day that among the statistics the Jim Goodmon group is citing in a belated bid for an NFL franchise for the Triangle area were population figures?According to the Goodmon figures, there are 4.1 million folks living within 100 miles of the Research Triangle where Goodmon hopes to lead efforts to build a huge sports complex that would include baseball, soccer and football facilities. Those figures also show that there are 5 million people living within 100 miles of Charlotte where the Jerry Richardson group is leading the way for an NFL team as well. By comparison, there are 9.8 million within 100 miles of the Washington Redskins and 5.2 million that close to the Atlanta Falcons.
But Goodmon's figures also indicate that there are 5.1 million within 100 miles of Greensboro. A cool mil more than Raleigh-Durham.
Which makes one wonder why no organized movement has developed here toward the future of sports in the Triad. Maybe I've read all this wrong, but seems to me everybody's impressed with Greensboro as an outstanding center for future sports growth. Everybody except us.
Jack and Muriel Elkins, parents of the Greensboro Elkins sports clan, are in Berlin this week as part of the Kansas City Chiefs traveling party for the NFL exhibition game against the Los Angeles Rams.
There to watch son Mike, former Wake Forest quarterback, start his second professional season as a Chiefs quarterback. But Jack is likely to nudge Muriel when they walk into the old 120,000-seat stadium where the American Bowl is being played and remember back a bit more than four decades when he played in the same stadium as a member of an all-service team in Europe.
Only about 10,000 folks showed up to watch Jack and his team play all those years ago. There'll be more for the Rams-Chiefs game Saturday.
City's PGA future
Don't take it too seriously the next time you hear that the K mart Greater Greensboro Open has a potential new home ready to move into at Bryan Park. The new 18-hole layout designed by Rees Jones at Bryan Park may some day be up to PGA standards, but that day is years away, I am told.
It's no surprise that Saturday night's NFL game between the Redskins and Falcons in Carolina's Kenan Stadium has sold out. This has been Redskin country since Choo Choo Justice wore a burgundy helmet and since the late George Preston Marshall wisely included the Carolinas in his early Redskins television network.
Apparently, though, you can't stamp ``Sold Out' on Kenan Stadium for the Tar Heels' football season. Carolina is back with an advertising campaign invitations to get your tickets before they're all gone.
Back-to-back 1-10 seasons will create a few season-ticket openings.
Maybe now that Carolina football coach Mack Brown has had two recruiting seasons considered outstanding at Chapel Hill, he's in a mood to laugh at the joke that's been making the rounds in these parts the last few months. The one about the guy already having had a highway named for him - U.S. 220. . . Two twenty. . . Two and twenty.
Naw, there is no movement to rename the old thoroughfare 330 this year.
Maybe the College Football Association hasn't gotten the word yet that there's a new emphasis on fewer games. The CFA recently decided to conduct a feasibility study on the establishment of a championship football game for association members to be played after the postseason bowl games have come to an end.
ACC ranks 4th
Attendance figures are in for the recent college basketball season and the Atlantic Coast Conference finished fourth in the nation with an average of 11,036 per game.
The Big Ten was first with an all-time national record of 13,449 per session, followed by the Southeastern Conference at 12,283 and the Big East at 12,120.
But the ACC showed the largest percentage increase - 10.2 - among conferences with attendance totals of a million or more.
You could probably guess which school led the nation. Yep. Syracuse with an average of 29,918 - also a national record - in the huge Carrierdome. Kentucky was second at 22,873 and Carolina third at 19,805. There is no other ACC team in the top 30, with Maryland the next to show up at 35th.
Which means the ACC still plays a lot of games in, by today's standares, relatively small houses - Cameron Indoor Stadium, Reynolds, Alexander, University Hall, etc.
The publicity machine at the University of Virginia already is churning out Heisman hype for Cavalier quarterback Shawn Moore, including this quotation from President George Bush: ``Imagine this; you have the President, the governors and the cabinet all here and still the big man on campus - Shawn Moore.' (Education Summit, UVa campus, September 1989)
They've uncovered a wealth of information on the roots of Springfield College's football program as the school celebrates its gridiron centennial this year. For example, the legendary Amos Alonzo Stagg organized the school's first team in 1890, a year after he was a member of the first-ever Walter Camp All-American team as an end at Yale. And Stagg's Springfield team played Yale in Madison Square Garden in history's first indoor football game.
There's more. Running back on that team was one James Naismith, who a year later started tacking up peach baskets all over the place, thus inventing a new sport.