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Saturday, April 14, 2012
Marv Levy, Haven Moses make All-Tax Team


As inevitable things go, it's not as bad as death. Is it?

We'll try to make this as little of an imposition as possible. No forms to be filled out here. And we hope it's not as complicated as the directions on that other thing you'll be dealing with this weekend. It's Page 2's All-Tax Team.

Ira Bowman: The longtime pro basketball player, who logged 13 seasons in the NBA and other leagues, attended the University of Pennsylvania, known for its prestigious Wharton School of Business. He therefore knows his first name is shorthand for the Individual Retirement Account, a savings plan with substantial tax benefit.

Marv Levy: The Hall of Fame football coach's last name is a verb that means to impose and collect. But the dreaded day associated with Levy came not in mid-April but in late August, when the final roster cuts came down in the NFL.

Haven Moses: With a first name like that, perhaps the wide receiver should have played for the Dolphins, Seahawks, Cowboys or another team housed in a jurisdiction without state income taxes. Alas, Haven found no tax haven in New York or Colorado between 1968-81, where he resided while playing for the Bills and Broncos.

Spike Owen: As far as we know, no figure in sports history has a last name that resembles "Refund." But there are plenty of Owens. Among them this shortstop, a Texan whose full name is Spike Dee Owen, who played for a bevy of MLB teams from 1983-95.

"Double Duty" Radcliffe: In a taxation sense, this is pretty much what happens to every paycheck you get: The feds and your home state get their cut. In baseball history, Theodore Roosevelt Radcliffe acquired his nickname from legendary writer Damon Runyon, who praised Radcliffe's ability to pitch one game and catch the other in a Negro League World Series doubleheader in 1932. The moniker stuck. Just like the government's insistence on taking its cut.