The Canadian Football League's player of the week for the second time in a month, British Columbia quarterback Doug Flutie, after passing for 369 yards and three touchdowns in the Lions' 52-41 win over the Toronto Argonauts. In only his second season up north, Flutie has become one of the league's most popular players. Before a recent Lion home game, 10,000 plastic "Flutie flutes" were handed out to fans. Last week, the Calgary Stampeders offered to buy Flutie dinner if he made the rounds of Calgary TV talk shows. Flutie accepted, but only after the offer was extended to include seven Lion offensive linemen.
A world-outdoor-record height of 20'¼" in the pole vault, by Sergei Bubka, at the iDag Galan track meet, in Malm‚Äö√†√∂‚Äö√†√á, Sweden. Bubka, who is the first man to break the 20-foot barrier outdoors, had complained of leg pains early in the competition and did not decide to attempt a record-breaking height until the crowd began shouting, "Bubka, Bubka!" Only legendary Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi set more world track and field marks than Bubka's 28.
By ABC television, to serve as studio analyst for its 1991 college football broadcasts, Detroit Tiger president and former Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler. The once volatile Schembechler, who had a 194-48-5 record in 21 years on the Michigan sideline, will make his debut on Sept. 14 when the Wolverines host Notre Dame.
By former NBA guard John Lucas, the Miami Tropics of the U.S. Basketball League. Lucas has run a Houston drug treatment center for the past two years, and he intends to use the Tropics as an aftercare program for basketball players from his center who aren't good enough to make the NBA. Last June, former Cleveland State coach and Lucas Center patient Kevin Mackey took over as coach of the Tropics and led them to seven wins in their last eight regular-season games and to the USBL final, which they lost to Philadelphia 110-108.
August 18, 1991
Seventeen days late to the Atlanta Falcon training camp, cornerback Deion Sanders, who spent most of that time playing leftfield for the Atlanta Braves. In his three seasons with the Falcons, Sanders has amassed $68,000 in fines for missing portions of mandatory camps. Sanders, who spent his last three days before camp fishing in Florida, brought a rowboat to practice, and during extended breaks he paddled out to the middle of a small lake across from the field and cast his line. Said teammate Andre Rison, "I guess we ought to call him Downhomeboy."
Cincinnati Reds mascot Schottzie, 9; in Cincinnati. The 160-pound St. Bernard was humanely destroyed after she was found to have incurable bone cancer in her right front shoulder, and she was buried, wearing a Reds baseball cap, in the rose garden at team owner Marge Schott's home. There has been some speculation that Schottzie will be succeeded as mascot by her four-year-old son, Siegie, but wags say Siegie is not all that fond of Riverfront Stadium.