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April 12, 1997

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) _ Valdosta has more than a winning tradition to make it the ideal spot to build a football hall of fame.

It has location.

``I think it needs to be down here because of the vacation areas around here,″ Valdosta High School head football coach Mike O’Brien said Friday. ``I’m not sure Massillon, Ohio is on line as a vacation spot. ... If Valdosta wasn’t on I-75 headed for Florida, we wouldn’t be a vacation area.″

Valdosta has considered itself the natural spot to become the Mecca of high school football at least since Gov. Zell Miller decreed it should be so in 1994. Miller wasn’t being presumptuous: Valdosta is home to the winningest high school football team in the United States.

But now the town of Massillon _ home to the second-winningest team _ wants to build its own National High School Football Hall of Fame for itself.

Jack Gorius of Massillon _ the city that produced Chris Spielman, the only high school football player ever featured on Wheaties cereal box _ has launched a signature campaign to make the city the home of the prep hall of fame.

Valdosta Mayor James Rainwater says his city has already applied for a copyright on the name ``National High School Football Hall of Fame″ and has worked on the project since 1993.

The town has plenty of support to be the chosen spot because the Valdosta High School Wildcats have won six national championships, the last in 1992.

``A lot of people think this is Valdosta’s little thing, but Georgia has a great history of high-school football, and it needs to be pushed,″ O’Brien said.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Olympics trustees got a sneak preview of the 2002 Winter Games logo and one trustee said the public should be pleased.

``When it came up on the board, my heart skipped a beat,″ said Picabo Street, a Olympic skier and an athlete representative on the board.

Trustees of Salt Lake Organizing Committee approved the logo Thursday during a closed-door presentation by Landor-Evans, the advertising agencies hired to come up with an image for the Olympics.

Utah residents won’t see the logo until fall, and Street hopes it doesn’t leak out until then.

``You want it to be a big, fat surprise,″ Street said, adding that the public’s first look at the image needs to pack a punch. ``Boom! If it sneaks out here and there, the impact is gone.″

Street told reporters that everyone can see themselves in the logo.

``American Indians are going to look at it and say, `There’s something there for me.′ (So will) Generation X,″ she said.


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ More than two months after the Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl win, Mayor Paul Jadin still is waiting to collect on bets he made with his counterparts in Boston and Providence, R.I..

But the mayor does not mind too much.

``There was a great deal of satisfaction in winning those bets that probably far surpassed the pleasure of collecting the goods,″ mayoral assistant Dave Nennig said.

Jadin won from Providence 31 bottles of his counterpart’s own marinara sauce and 31 pounds of Venda Ravioli’s homemade tortellini.

But Jadin hasn’t heard from Mayor Vincent Cianci Jr., and hasn’t called him.

``I didn’t think that was my place,″ Jadin said.

When the Green Bay Press-Gazette called Cianci, his first words were: ``What’s the temperature like over there? 40 below zero?″

He also said he was ready to pay the bet in New Orleans after the Super Bowl.

``I looked for him (Jadin) down there, but I couldn’t find him,″ Cianci said.

So he said he ate 10 jars of the sauce, and gave the rest to the Providence College basketball team.


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ Golf sensation Tiger Woods, tennis great John McEnroe and former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe will be on hand Monday for opening ceremonies at the Official All Star Cafe.

McEnroe and his three-man rock band will perform at 8 p.m. on the Boardwalk in front of Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, where the new restaurant and bar is located.

Also on hand will be actress Whoopi Goldberg, New York Jets receiver Keyshawn Johnson, New York Giants quarterback Dave Brown and the Phillie Phanatic, according to Maureen Siman, a spokeswoman for the Official All Star Cafe.

The restaurant chain, which has cafes in New York, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Cancun, Mexico, is a division of Planet Hollywood, Inc.

The principal shareholders are Woods, Monica Seles, Andre Agassi, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr., Joe Montana and Shaquille O’Neal.

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