Indeed, Delach says he has received several calls from parents who admitted putting their sons on crash diets and also giving them pills without any suggestion from a coach. In a recent story in the Daily Southtown, an area newspaper, a mother who would not reveal her name said she gave full cooperation to her 12-year-old son's losing 12 pounds before a weigh-in. She also said that the boy wrapped himself in plastic and used bathroom steam to sweat off three pounds. "I don't see anything wrong with that," she said. "It's a decision between the parents and the kid."
It sounds more like child abuse. Both the Illinois child welfare agency and the Palos Hills police department are looking into the use of Lasix in the Palos program. The state's department of professional regulation is investigating the doctor from whom Trench, according to Delach, gets Lasix. As of Monday no charges had been filed against Trench.
"The lessons of this are dreadful," says Delach. " 'It's O.K. to be deceitful. It's O.K. to take drugs and abuse your body.' And it's all so parents and coaches can live vicariously through the kids. This is nothing less than heartbreaking."
Attention, Baseball Stat Freaks
As New York Yankee reliever Bob Wickman entered Sunday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the bottom of the fifth inning, MSG Network happyman Jim Kaat proclaimed, "Wickman has a shot at back-to-back positive experiences here." The major league record for PEs is believed to be 56, set by New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio in 1941.
Home Is Where the Wicket Is
One might expect pitching pennies and pickup hoops to be games of choice at a homeless encampment. But for a clutch of destitute men in Los Angeles, cricket is the ticket. The L.A. Krickets, who live in a prefabricated "dome village" adjacent to the Harbor Freeway, south of downtown L.A., just completed a four-match tour of England. It included an afternoon in the rare air of Hambledon, where the Krickets bowed to an amateur side at Broadhalfpenny Down, one of England's most beautiful and storied pitches, which was founded around 1750.
The Krickets, largely ex-cons and recovering addicts, were formed last winter by local homeless advocate Ted Hayes and British-born real estate broker David Sentance. During the spring a group of British businessmen observed the Krickets honing their wicket skills on L.A. pitches, and shortly afterward the trip across the pond was organized. The Krickets received letters of welcome from Prince Edward and Prime Minister John Major.
Clad in shorts and T-shirts in lieu of regulation whiles, the Homeless XI, as they were dubbed by the British press, distinguished themselves with two wins and a draw. Though Sentance hopes the good play was only icing on the crumpet—"[Cricket] is a gentleman's skill," he says. "If we pass these social skills on to people, then perhaps they can travel more fluidly within society"—his goals may be a bit ambitious. When the Krickets returned home on Sept. 27, police were waiting at Los Angeles International Airport to arrest team member Roger Simon, 28, on drug and robbery charges. Though he hadn't battled the bobbies in Britain, Simon hadn't done much to commend himself on the pitch either. "He wasn't very good with the bat," said Sentance. "Still, we were very surprised when he was arrested."
Tabloid Wars: Round One
One of New York's tabloids, the Daily News, recently announced plans to "save the world" from boxing politics by awarding a championship belt to the winner of the Nov. 4 fight between Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield. Excepting Holyfield's No. 4 rating by the WBC, neither fighter is ranked by any of the major sanctioning bodies (WBC, WBA and IBF) and Holyfield declined to fight for Bowe's chimerical WBO belt.