Tea Time in England
Rotten Cricket Sandwiches
A cricket team in England has disbanded over what London's Daily Telegraph calls the team's "overwhelming culinary failure." Until 1993 the Stoke Canon Cricket Club had provided the traditional treat for visiting teams, a spread of sandwiches, cakes and jams over afternoon tea. Then club caterer and cofounder Vi Dolling retired. "We tried all the wives and girlfriends," says wicketkeeper and team skipper Tim Keehner, "but they got bored, and in the end it was down to us players."
Stoke Canon's efforts, including curried-egg sandwiches and Marmite (concentrated yeast paste) mixed with peanut butter, drew howls of protest from opponents. "Some players made terrible sandwiches—it was not a pretty sight," admits Keehner, who bagged the teas, scuttled the team and used the club's last �200 to take the blokes out for a night on the town.
IOC Bashing Pays Off
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In February, SI's Rick Reilly called on Olympic sponsors, including Time Inc., SI's parent company, to close their checkbooks until the IOC addressed the rampant corruption in its ranks (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Feb. 22). One reader, U.S. Representative Henry Waxman, took Reilly's column to heart. Last week Waxman (D., Calif.) introduced a bill with Representative Rick Lazio (R., N.Y.) that would ban payments from American corporations and individuals to the IOC unless the organization adopts reforms drafted by a commission chaired by former U.S. Senator George Mitchell. "What crystallized this idea was Rick Reilly's column in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED," says Waxman. "Unless we put pressure on the IOC, they won't enact the reforms necessary to show they are dedicated to changing their ways."
Says Reilly, "That's fine and all, but when is Congress going to do something about John Tesh?"
Another NHL Hero
Late in his team's final regular-season game on Sunday, Pavol Demitra of the St. Louis Blues carried the puck into the Los Angeles Kings' zone. L.A., trailing 3-2, had pulled its goalie, and Demitra needed one point to reach 90 for the season and trigger a $500,000 incentive clause in his contract. But he knew that his teammate Scott Young was one goal short of the 25 he needed to earn a $300,000 bonus. So Demitra passed up the open net and slid the puck to Young, whose shot was blocked by a Kings defenseman as time ran out Asked how he could pass up a certain half million, Demitra said, "Scott needed a goal."