However well the Cincinnati Reds fare in the postseason, they'll remain dogged by the raspy voice of owner Marge Schott. The penny-pinching, pooch-praising, race-baiting foe of facial hair was in Dodger Stadium before the Reds' playoff opener last week, watching the California Angels and the Seattle Mariners play on Diamond Vision and holding court for the media.
Schott's assessment of Mariner pitcher Randy Johnson ("Will you look at that hair? He could never pitch for us") was almost funny. Her reaction to an ape that appeared in a commercial was not. "Which team is this gorilla on?" she asked. What would have been an innocuous question coming from most people was unsettling coming from Schott. This is a woman, after all, who was suspended from baseball in 1993, partly for saying that she would rather employ a "trained monkey" than a black person.
Tempering the Cornhuskers
In the aftermath of Lawrence Phillips's assault of his former girlfriend (SI, Sept. 18 et seq.), comes the news that Nebraska football players have been tutored in anger control by actor turned lay psychologist Tom Laughlin. Film buffs may be scratching their heads. Laughlin is best known for his portrayals of Billy Jack, the "mysterious half-breed Green Beret" who, in two 1970s' films, made the world safe for flower power by chopping, kicking and shooting his way through waves of rednecks. "When [people] tell me I have to control my violent temper, I try, I really try," he tells a group of toughs in Billy Jack. But sometimes, he adds wearily, "I just go berserk!" Which he proceeds to do in graphic and bloody fashion. Now, about that Dom DeLuise appetite-control seminar....
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