Toxic radiation levels, perhaps?
"The water has been tested," Hannifin says. Still, before plunging into the silo's depths, participants must sign a waiver acknowledging "the specific additional hazards and dangers attendant to diving...in an abandoned, salvaged missile silo."
Not Teed-Off at South Carolina
Among the teams and leagues that have decided recently to follow the NAACP-led tourism boycott of South Carolina are the New York Knicks, who have trained for the playoffs at the College of Charleston since 1992, and the Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which moved its conference basketball tournament earlier last month from Orangeburg, S.C., to Charlotte. Among others who have taken less decisive stands against the state's flying of the Confederate battle flag: the Harlem Globetrotters, who played in six South Carolina cities last month but donated $50,000 to the state's NAACP office, and the Penn State baseball team, which played three games in the state last month wearing red armbands of protest. Both the 'Trotters and the Nittany Lions have vowed not to return to the state until the flag comes down.
But basketball and baseball take a backseat to golf in South Carolina, which offers some of the most idyllic settings in the country. The PGA will get over its Augusta hangover at the aptly named Heritage of Golf in Hilton Head April 13-16. The event will take place three days after David Duval and Ernie Els square off in a made-for- ESPN match play event at Cherokee Plantation in Yemassee, S.C. The LPGA is sponsoring the City of Hope Myrtle Beach Classic in June. Asked if moving the tournament to honor the boycott was ever discussed, an LPGA spokesperson asked, "What boycott?"
While there are costs associated with moving an event on short notice, professional golfers should be aware of some of the smaller-budget fish who have chosen to jump ponds to honor the boycott: the Baltimore Post Office Rod and Reel Club, the Pensacola ( Fla.) Progressive Bowling Senate and, not to be overlooked, the Sunday Brunch Golfers of Marietta, Ga.