Here's Stephen Conway's dream team: Archie Griffin, Mickey Mantle, Bob Cousy, Bill Walton, Roberto Clemente and Terry Bradshaw. Strong lineup, but what's the game?
The game was California's Lotto 649, and Conway, a sports fanatic from Rohnert Park, played what he thought were the jersey numbers of his All-Stars (45-7-5-32-21-12) to win a jackpot worth $10.87 million. He was wrong on one: Cousy wore No. 14. Lucky Stephen! His payoff is more than any one of his players made in his entire career.
THE BANISHMENT OF BOBBY AND DANNY
The press box was the penalty box during Saturday's Bad Boy Bowl at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. For raging vigorously and vulgarly at officials during last year's game against Maryland, Clemson coach Danny Ford was spanked by the ACC: He received a year's probation and was told that he couldn't be on the field when the two teams met this season. And because he grabbed a referee after the 32-30 loss to North Carolina two weeks ago, Maryland coach Bobby Ross received a similar scolding: The ACC said he must not be on the sideline the next time the Terps played a league opponent. So, for the first time in college football history, both coaches were banished before the opening kickoff.
Ford suffered his penance in higher style. Shunning his customary orange baseball cap—what gentleman would wear a hat indoors?—he sported a natty tweed blazer and a bemused smile. "It's kind of funny," he said of his situation. Ross, bedecked in his usual Maryland sweater, was more solemn. When Maryland's acting athletic director, Charles Sturtz, called Ross's rampage "an embarrassment to the university," the coach shot back that the criticism was "unwarranted." Clemson wide receiver Ray Williams voiced the opinion of all the players when he said he would miss his coach "if I run the kickoff all the way back. But if I get a penalty or make a stupid mistake, then I'd rather have him up in the press box."
The press boxes—Ford's on the 30-yard line and Ross's on the 50—took on the look of mission control, with wires and headsets everywhere. Seven lieutenants surrounded Ford, and five kept Ross company. But life in the bunker did not make General Ford bold. On the last play of the game, with the ball on the Maryland four, the Tigers opted to kick a field goal that gave them a 17-17 tie and sewed up the ACC title.