An even greater Channel Challenge may be British quarantine laws, which would detain Umbra in kennels in England for six months before she could dip a paw into the surf. Erikson threatens to "sidestroke" the rule by starting from France and, 21 miles later, whisking Umbra back out to sea before immigration officials can impound her.
M.L. Carr, the Boston Celtics' new chief of basketball operations, has barely been on the job long enough to have business cards printed, yet he has already pepped up the team's moribund roster. Since taking over in June, Carr has signed free-agent forward Dominique Wilkins and traded with Milwaukee for forwards Blue Edwards and Derek Strong, and at week's end he landed free-agent center Pervis Ellison. But Carr's boldest move came last week when he offered the Chicago Bulls a future first-round draft pick for the rights to talk to Double A outfielder Michael Jordan. Carr is confident he could persuade Jordan to come to Boston. "I wouldn't let him sleep until he said yes," Carr says.
Alas, the Bulls resisted Carr's sales pitch. But give the guy credit for a nice try. He's a throwback to a time when Boston had the most aggressive, creative front office in the league. The Celtics are back in the game again, even though they'll have to play it without Jordan.
Rudy, Rudy, Rudy
Nearly 20 years ago a Notre Dame tackling dummy named Rudy Ruettiger got his 15 minutes—well, make that 27 seconds—of fame when he was put in for the final play of a Fighting Irish rout of Georgia Tech and sacked the quarterback. An indefatigable self-promoter, Ruettiger got Hollywood to stretch those 27 seconds into last year's Rudy, a cloying 93-minute paean to persistence. Now he has gone back to that shallow well and hauled out Rudy's Rules, a 153-page "game plan for winning at life," in which he offers such original homespun homilies as "everyone should dream" and "don't be afraid to fail." His greatest discovery, however, may be in identifying the "Rudy" in all of us—in everyone from Vincent Van Gogh to Michael Jordan to Bill Clinton. Very few people, asserts Ruettiger, make it in life without a struggle. "The rest of us are Rudys," says Rudy. "And you know what? Being a Rudy is good enough."
And sometimes enough is enough.