The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, August 13, 1992, Summer, Page 4, Image 4

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    San Francisco Giants should stay put in California
Has anyone noticed Major League Basebal 1’ s
latest fiasco?
No, it’s not George Steinbrenner’s reinstate
ment into baseball nor the Chicago Cubs’ law
suit against the commissioner.
It’s the San Francisco Giants planned move
to Tampa Bay.
Last week, the Giants were sold for approxi
mately $111 million to a group in Florida who
are planning to move the Giants from Califor
nia to the Sunshine State.
But not only is this a disappointment to the
diehard/insane fans of San Francisco, it’s also
depressing for the baseball purists who believe
baseball is as much a part of the Bay Area as is
earthquakes, violent protests and the Grateful
And who’s to say Tampa Bay wants the
Giants? This is a town that’s already home to
the Buccannecrs, who are the National Football
League’s version of a mix between the Cleve
land Indians and the Three Stooges, and prob
ably doesn’t want another team who will win a
championship next time there’s a frost warning
in hell.
But i f the G iants are going to move to Tampa
Bay, it seems other teams can benefit from
moves to other locations as well.
• The Missouri basketball team. The Tigers
will move into the Columbia city jail in order to
save on travel expenses, as it seems to have
become tradition that each Missouri player gete
to experience time behind bars during their
career as a Tiger.
•TheOklahoma football team. The Sooners
will leave to take up residence in Overland
Park, Kan. in order to save the NCAA the
expense of having to send so many investiga
tors to the Sooner State.
• The Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA’s
Lakers will relocate in Houston so that star
forward James Worthy can use up his remain
ing vouchers at one of the city’s call-girl agen
He’s already used up two of his coupons, but
had them taken away after a police sting.
(James, here’s a hint—next time you’re look
ing for a couple of prostitutes, don’t use the
advertisement that has 911 listed as its num
• 25 of Major League Baseball’s teams. 25
professional baseball teams will all tty to move
to Cleveland because of the high winning per
centage that non-Indian teams have competing
in Cleveland.
The problem is that these teams probably
haven’t realized is that it just might be playing
the Indians gives tnese teams tneir numerous
wins and not the wonderful Cleveland atmo
• The University of Miami football team.
The team would like to move to a city that has
more banks located closer to campus, therefore
making it easier for Hurricane football players
to cash their paychecks from school alumni.
• The University of Nevada at Las Vegas
basketball team. The Running Rebels will take
their name literally and move to anywhere
outside of Las Vegas (where it’s against the law
to bet on the hometown Rebels), so that when
they’re point shaving, they can wager on them
selves in the process.
Through all of this, you have to wonder
what’s going to happen in the future. Is San
Francisco next going to sell the Golden Gate
Bridge to Florida for a bucket of Mackerel?
Singer is a senior news-editorial and political science
major and is the Summer Daily Nebraskan’s copy desk
editor and a senior sports reporter.
Cornhuskers to play Florida State in 1999
LINCOLN (AP) — Nebraska and
Florida State have agreed to play foot
ball in a home-and-away series in
1999 and 2000, according to Semi
nole Athletic Director Bob Goin.
Goin told the Orlando Sentinel that
the two schools would play in Talla
hassee, Fla., in 1999 and in Lincoln in
The Comhuskcrs and Seminoles
last played each other in the 1990
Sunkist Fiesta Bowl, with Florida State
winning 41-17.
The twoschoolspreviously played
a regular season series in 1985 and
1986, with the Scminoles winning the
First game 17-13 and Nebraska re
bounding the following season with a
34-17 victory. Both games were played
at Memorial Stadium.
Beef Club sponsors Osborne scholarship
LINCOLN (AP) — The Board of
Directors of the Nebraska Beef Club
has agreed to endow a football schol
arship at the University of Ncbraska
Lincoln in the name of Nebraska Foot
ball Coach Tom Osborne.
The Beef Club will contribute
$50,000 to the Tom Osborne Endow
ment Fund and plans to contribute
another S100,000 in the next two years
to complete the funding.
Income from the endowment will
be distributed to theAthletic Depart
ment to defray the scholarship ex
penses of a full-time student who has
been awarded a football scholarship.
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18 and Older Night at
The Royal Grove
Lincoln's Rock Palace
Former Nebraska tight end Johnny Mitchell, now with the NFL’s New York Jets, catches
a pass last year against Kansas State.
Former Husker flies high in NFL
By Jeff Singer
Senior Editor
Former Nebraska tight end
Johnny Mitchell is hoping to soar
to new heights with his team in the
National Football League.
Mitchell, this year’s top draft
pick of the NFL’s New York Jets,
is predicting his accomplishments
in professional football will super
sede his achievements as a
The 21-year-old Mitchell, who
earned All-Big Eight honors twice
in his two years at Nebraska, left
t the Husker program after last sea
■ son and was consequently picked
15th overall by the Jets in the NFL’s
amateur draft.
Mitchell said that as he pro
ceeds through training camp, he
should be ready to take over as
starting tight end for New York’s
season opener in September.
“I’ve been trying to leam my job
better and leam the system,” Mitchell
said. “By opening game, I should be
the man.”
Mitchell caught his first pass as a
Sirofessional in last Saturday’s 14-13
et win over the Super Bowl cham
pion Washington Redskins, and had
been instrumental in New York’s 2-0
start in the exhibition season.
The Chicago native said he will
soon be one of the NFL’s best light
ends as long as he continued to im
prove during the prescason.
“The thing that’s going to make
me one of the league’s elite is to
continue to work on my blocking,”
Mitchell said.
The Jets signed Mitchell to an es
timated four-year, $3.5 million con
tract earlier in the summer. He said his
new contract made leaving Nebraska
a little easier.
“To a certain extent, I regret leav
ing Nebraska as far as my education
goes,” Mitchell said. “But if you
look at my income and situation, I
feel great and wouldn’t change a
Mitchell said it is difficult to
please both the New York media
and the Jets fans who expect a lot
out of New York’s players.
“They’ve been pretty tough
here,” Mitchell said. “It’s not like
back home in Nebraska; they’ll
destroy you if you allow them to.”
The Jets finished last year with
an 8-8 record, but Mitchell said his
new team will improve on that
mark this season.
“We’re going to bechallenging
for the AFC title,” Mitchell said.
“If anybody tells you different,
they don’t know much.”
Mitchell said his goals in the
NFL are simple.
“I just want to help the team get
to the Super Bowl as well as be the
best tight end in the game,”
Mitchell said.
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