Fair enough, but the question arises: What if the fox had scampered over to the 6th green and dropped the ball into the cup?
BETWEEN WYSONG AND YAIK
Joe Xavier, a second baseman in the Oakland Athletics' farm system, has been hitting around .300 for Class AA Huntsville and has been among the Southern League leaders in doubles, triples and runs scored. We're rooting for Xavier—who is, incidentally, the nephew of Atlanta Braves general manager Bobby Cox—to make the majors. If he does, he will become the only player in the long and illustrious history of major league baseball whose last name begins with X.
A TEENY-WEENY FOOTBALL GAME
Watching the first official arena football game last Friday night, between the Pittsburgh Gladiators and the Washington Commandos, was like taking a trip to Lilliput. Or the bargain basement of a department store. Everything was reduced. The field was half the size of a standard field, kickoffs were from the goal line, and goalposts were half as wide (though the crossbar was higher). There were only eight men on a side, and a miniature blimp, with HARDEE'S on it, hovered three feet off the field. "That's our Goodyear blimp," said Jim Foster, who created Arena Football.
Most of the 12,117 fans who showed up at Pittsburgh's Civic Arena for the Gladiators' 48-46 victory over Washington (the other members of the four-team professional league, the Denver Dynamite and the Chicago Bruisers, met the next night in Chicago, where Denver won 52-44) said they liked the game, although they were skeptical about the league's chances for success. Who wants to sit indoors on a summer night? But Foster says surveys show that football fans will watch their favorite sport in summer, even indoors, and he hopes to average 6,000 to 7,000 a game during this six-week preview season.
Pittsburgh scored its winning touchdown after missing a field goal. Under AF rules, the ball remained in play after rebounding off the high wire fence behind the end zone, and a Gladiator pounced on it for the winning score. ESPN broadcaster Beano Cook later shook his head and said he wouldn't be surprised if Arena Football succeeded. "After that kid landed a plane in Red Square," Beano said, "anything can happen."