Notre Dame's intramural outdoor Bookstore Basketball Tournament (SI, May 15, 1978) has become famous for its uncompromising no-substitution, no-rain-out policy and for team names (e.g., Roman Polanski's Babysitting Service; Bernie Goetz and the Subway Alumni) that often skirt the boundaries of good taste. Even before 1979, when the heartless NCAA ruled that varsity basketball players couldn't participate in the five-on-five proceedings, success in the month-long single-elimination roundball revel was ceded largely to moonlighting Irish football players, quarterbacks in particular. With a couple of linemen stationed under the boards, Tom Clements led his team to titles in 1973 and '75, and was MVP of the '75 tournament, scoring eight of his team's 21 baskets in the final as a typhoon raged around him. Joe Montana, who had been offered a basketball scholarship by North Carolina State, won a Bookstore crown in '77 before adding four Super Bowl rings. Rusty Lisch reached the title game in each of his four years as a Golden Domer, winning it all in '78, '79 and '80. Steve Beuerlein finished second in '84 and won in '86. And Tony Rice placed second in '89 and '90.
Current Irish quarterback Ron Powlus didn't fare quite as well as his predecessors in the latest edition of the tournament, which concluded on Sunday. Not even the help of Clements's son Scott could get Powlus and his team—Ezekiel 25:17, named after the Bible passage popularized by the character played by Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction—past the round of 32. But Powlus, who's only a redshirt freshman, will have three more opportunities to take a place in the Bookstore tournament field and, true to Scripture, try to execute great vengeance upon it.
Nita-nee, that legendary 18th-century Indian princess from Pennsylvania's Happy Valley, probably won't be turning subterranean cartwheels at the news, but Penn State did exact some revenge for its questionable second-place finish behind Nebraska in the final college football polls. The Nittany Lions and the Cornhuskers may not have met on the gridiron last fall, but they did face off six other times this year. The Lions lost to the Huskers in wrestling and at the NCAA men's gymnastics championships but beat them at the women's gymnastics NCAAs, in their men's gymnastics dual meet, in women's volleyball and in their second-round NIT meeting. That may be small solace for Penn State diehards, but they can at least renew the football debate with incoming president Graham Spanier. He's currently chancellor at Nebraska.
Elvis and Doc
When boxing promoter Rick (Elvis) Parker was found dead Friday night, shot eight times in a hotel room in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., he may have become part of a murder story, but it was no murder mystery. Authorities found Tim (Doc) Anderson, formerly a fighter in Parker's stable, outside the room. Police say he turned over a .38-caliber handgun and confessed to the shooting of the man who had promoted some of George Foreman's early comeback fights, including one against Anderson in 1987.
Parker and Anderson have quite a history. As SI has previously reported (Oct. 4, 1993), Parker promoted a June 1992 fight between Anderson and former NFL lineman Mark Gastineau that, Anderson told SI, Parker tried to get him to tank in exchange for a $500,000 cut of a future Gastineau-Foreman bout. Anderson refused, flooring Gastineau in the fourth round before winning a decision.
To hear Anderson tell it, Parker struck back by slipping him an LSD mickey when Anderson and Gastineau fought a rematch the following December. In the third round Anderson began feeling sick; shortly after being knocked out in the sixth, he collapsed in his dressing room and was rushed to a hospital.
Parker denied Anderson's contentions, telling SI in September 1993 that "Tim Anderson has a weak jaw and a weak mind." Maybe, maybe not. But he apparently has a weak kidney and a weak liver, and it was with the intention of raising that issue with Parker, who he believed had poisoned him, that Anderson pressed their final, fatal meeting. Anderson will now likely finish in prison the book he's writing about the fight game. The working title is said to be Liars, Beggars, Cheaters and Whores.
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