Austin (Texas) College football Coach Duane Nutt, a deeply religious man, recently urged his players to "go to the Bible in time of need and you'll find something that will help." When Receiver Byron Boston decided to take his coach's advice, he found even more immediate and material help than expected. Between the covers of the Scriptures he discovered $15 that his wife had hidden.
Following his disappointing 1971 performance, New York Giant Wide Receiver Rocky Thompson went home to Bermuda, determined he was going to learn how to hang onto the ball. But how? Well, easy. Just find a small cliff overhanging an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, throw a football up over the water, jump off the cliff after it and catch it on the way down. Rocky climbed his 15-foot cliff throughout the summer and says, "It really was a good way to practice. The idea was to learn to relax while concentrating. And hitting the water was something like being tackled. Sometimes I hit the water pretty hard, but I learned to hold the ball."
Wilt Chamberlain, considering an offer to play the title role in a remake of Robinson Crusoe, has suggested that Chicago Cub Outfielder Rick Monday play his Man Friday. The female lead, naturally, would be Tuesday Weld. After all, it is a beach picture, isn't it?
Canada's final redemptive victory in the hockey series with Russia was announced with something approaching the proper histrionics in, of all places, the National Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford, Ontario. Suspecting that his student audience of 2,000 just might be interested in something besides King Lear, Actor William Hutt bode his time until the famous storm scene. With all the sound-and-light effects crashing about the stage, Hutt finished his lines, paused dramatically, and announced the score: Canada 6, Russia 5. As the students cheered wildly, the thunder and lightning continued to reverberate. What an exit. What revenge!
October 15, 1972
If Indiana Wide Receiver Glenn Scolnik continues to catch passes at the rate he did in the Hoosiers' first games, there might be a mass switch to vegetarianism. Ever since Scolnik stopped eating meat, he has lost pounds and gained yards—exactly 25 pounds and 376 yards (for five touchdowns), which made him the nation's No. 1 receiver. "I have more endurance," Scolnik says. "When I eat meat, it makes me feel bloated." Scolnik admits to being less than a purist vegetarian, though. He eats eggs and occasionally natural food, like gophers and badgers.
Fink, Texas, a hamlet with a few houses and a general store, moved the annual celebration of National Fink Day out of the store and onto the Texas A&M football field to honor the most exalted Fink of them all. King Fink, Army's quarterback. J. Kingsley Fink graciously accepted a plaque and a kiss from her honor the mayor, then—no finkout he—led the Cadets to a 24-14 win.
Sympathetic with visiting ballplayers charged to park at San Diego Stadium, Los Angeles Dodger Willie Davis made a tongue-in-cheek formal complaint to Buzzie Bavasi, the Padre president. "What's wrong, do you need a loan?" Bavasi asked. "No," Davis replied, "but you must."
Prince Hiro, 12-year-old son of Japanese Crown Prince Akihito, matches strides with the class big boy in the 100-meter dash. He also performed royally in a piggyback race, part of the same junior high school athletic meet. But as an intimation of mortality, he lost in both events. Tennis player Rosemary Casals stopped by Puerto Rico to meet her namesake, Cellist Pablo Casals, and compare rackets. "I was pleased and surprised that he had heard of my tennis," Rosemary said. The Casalses agreed that it takes a lot of guts to succeed in either game.
In investments, unlike football, there is no such thing as an automatic safety, Dallas Cowboy Bob Lilly warned fellow players. "Side money can be more dangerous than a blindside block," he said. "Believe me, I've been there. Your "friends' approach you with 'Bob, I'm worried about what you're going to do when you're through playing football. I think we should start looking into your future with some real sound investments....' For years I bordered on bankruptcy because of these deals. One business was set up in a warehouse in Dallas. When we checked on it, we always went in the front offices and were told to stay out of the back because of tight security due to development of a new formula. One night our guys climbed up to the windows in back to look in. The place was bare. The moral to this story is: take a look at the back of the warehouse first."