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Former Maryland basketball coach Lefty Driesell uttered some unwise nonsense at a June 5 conference on drugs in sports at the University of Rhode Island. Driesell said, "I'm a firm believer that, if you know how to use cocaine and use it properly, it can make you play better.... I really believe cocaine can be performance-enhancing." Driesell later recanted, saying, "I shouldn't have said that; there is no proper way to use cocaine. That word properly was my mistake."
Driesell's mistake may have cost him a chance at the coaching job of the new NBA franchise in Charlotte, N.C.—right now, the feeling in Charlotte is that he is too hot to handle. As an antidote to his words, we offer you a poem on Len Bias, the Maryland player who died of a drug overdose last year. It was written by Sam Kennedy, an eighth-grader from the Lincoln School in Brookline. Mass.:
Slowly slipping into a world of evil,
BRINGING IN THE SHEAVES
The Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League have set up a farm system—for their fans. The club has entered into an agreement with the United Grain Growers of Saskatchewan so that farmers can purchase season tickets, regularly priced at $185 (Canadian) each, with grain deliveries of anything from rapeseed ($250 a ton) to oats ($60 a ton). Three tons of oats might prove a bit cumbersome to take to the Roughrider ticket office, so the farmer can simply deliver his grain to one of the 150 UGG grain elevators in the province, where he can exchange the load for ticket vouchers.
The grain-for-games concept was devised this year because the Rough-riders, who have been in business for 77 years, are in financial trouble; in fact, they're in about as much trouble as the economically depressed farmers are. "We really think this will help the spirits of both the team and the growers," says John Clark of the UGG. "We've already had a lot of response. The Roughriders are a provincial team, not a city team, and the farmers really want to help out a friend in need."
BELTING 'EM OUT
SI's Amy Lennard went to the Battle of the Singing Heavyweights at the Sands Hotel in Atlantic City on Saturday night and filed this dispatch: