CAN'T TELL THE PLAYERS WITHOUT...
A tip of our tweed deerstalker cap to Williams College student radio announcers Dave Paulsen and Jamey Gallop for their inventive broadcast of the Williams-Bowdoin football game last month in Brunswick, Maine. When Paulsen and Gallop, both seniors, showed up at Bowdoin's Whittier Field on game day they discovered that no game programs had arrived from the printers. Working from an alphabetical list of Bowdoin players, the two WCFM announcers found it impossible to match numbers and names fast enough. Then they got an idea.
Paulsen had received an L.L. Bean catalog in the mail the previous day, and he and Gallop had been joking about the proximity of Bowdoin to the Bean store, eight miles away in Freeport. They decided to use the catalog as their scorecard. "I guess I did it first," says Paulsen. "I said. That was a tackle by'—and I'm running my finger down the roster—'by Joe Chamois Shirt.' " Bowdoin substitutes became "Dick Thermal Underwear" and "Bean Boots." When penalties were called against the Polar Bears, Paulsen and Gallop said they were caused by such fictional infractions as failure to wear proper duck-hunting attire.
Williams won, 28-7, in a game rather dull but for the announcing. "When we broadcast a game we try to do as good a job as we can in telling what happens, but it is a college radio station," says Paulsen. "We like to throw in a little humor whenever possible."
A JOB ACTION IN LINCOLN?
For two years Dick DeVenzio, a freelance writer who played basketball at Duke from 1969 to '71, has crusaded against what he considers the economic exploitation of college athletes. He wrote a book on the subject, Rip-Off U., and is the founder of the Revenue Producing Major College Players Association (RPMCPA). "I'm not trying to pretend the organization is any more substantial than it is," DeVenzio says. "Basically it's a person with a cause and a pen."
Actually, a word processor. From his home in Charlotte, N.C., DeVenzio churns out pamphlets and mails them to basketball and football players throughout the country. The materials detail one central assertion: That athletes in big-money sports are making big money for everyone else—coaches, schools, TV networks—and should have an economic incentive for their efforts. DeVenzio would like schools to tie payments to academic progress. "The system right now amounts to robbery," he says.
To dramatize his complaint, DeVenzio has recently been trying to organize the RPMCPA's first job action. He has sent letters to all the players on the Oklahoma and Nebraska football teams, urging them to delay the start of Saturday's same between the two teams in Lincoln for half an hour. "I am asking you to consider delaying the game," DeVenzio wrote, "to send a message loud and clear across the nation that a new arrangement is coming, that negotiations with players must begin to take place." DeVenzio says the players he has contacted are "interested" but "fearful."
Oklahoma halfback Spencer Tillman told SI's Brooks Clark, "There has been a lot of talk about [the protest] among the players, and the coaches sympathize with our position, although it would be nothing short of a miracle to expect them to support it openly. I share the feelings of our whole football team: It's something that needs to be changed, but like any planned social change, it takes time." Tillman said he didn't expect the game to be delayed, but added that the team was discussing the possibility of wearing arm bands as a show of solidarity.
A MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR LINEUP