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Edited by Sarah Ballard
October 12, 1987
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October 12, 1987


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The seeds of the present trouble were sown a couple of seasons back when Pritikin and some other fans in the bleachers tossed a Frisbee around with visiting Mets pitchers Ron Darling and Roger McDowell, who were standing in the outfield. Since then, when the Mets have come to Wrigley, McDowell always spots Pritikin in the crowd and asks, "Where's your Frisbee?"

That's what happened on Sept. 22, two hours before a Cubs-Mets game was scheduled to begin. It was raining, but as usual Pritikin was already in his seat. McDowell came out to rightfield and asked Pritikin the usual question. This time, though, Pritikin had come prepared. He took his Frisbee out of a bag and was about to throw it to McDowell when an usher said, "Don't throw it." Maybe the devil made him do it, maybe not, but Pritikin threw the Frisbee anyway. The usher expelled him from the park, breaking Pritikin's 75-game attendance streak. The Cubs beat the Mets 6-2, but it was small comfort to Pritikin, sitting on a bench outside the ballpark.

The Preacher finished up the season by attending the Cubs' next five home games, but things, he says, will never be the same. His T-shirt now reads: THIS SPACE FOR RENT.


Skip Chappelle, the basketball coach at the University of Maine, is a Down-Easter born and bred, with all the admirable frugality of that breed. Two years ago Chappelle was allocated $72,000 in athletic scholarship money with which to go player-shopping. He spent almost all of it but then set about getting as much of it back as he could. By doing a little research in the student aid office, he found enough academic scholarships, financial need scholarships and foreign tuition waivers—his Black Bears include players from Senegal—for which his players qualified that he was able to return $29,000 to the athletic department. This year's savings are not totaled yet.

In 1986 Chappelle's research in the student aid office uncovered a National Energy Engineering scholarship that the engineering department didn't know existed. Not only that, the basketball player who applied for it, Dean Smith, got it. "It was the first ever awarded a University of Maine student." said mechanical engineering professor Richard Hill.

In celebration of a 27-0 win over St. Peters of New Jersey that snapped a 27-game losing streak, the Iona College (N.Y.) Gaels doused their coach with Gatorade. During all the jubilation, senior defensive back Dave Rattiner twisted his knee and is out for the season. "We just didn't know how to celebrate," said Iona sports information director Ray Cella.


When Jim Walden took over as football coach at Iowa State this year, he had his work cut out for him. The Cyclones had had only one winning season since 1980. and only eight of last year's starters were back to try again. Four games into the season the Cyclones still are not winning—they lost 56-3 to Oklahoma on Saturday—but Walden has become an Iowa celebrity, and a four-year decline in season ticket sales has been halted. That's largely because of a promotion inspired by those two lovable hucksters of wine coolers, Frank Bartles and Ed ("We thank you for your support"') Jaymes.

Casting about for something to boost sales, Iowa State's ticket manager, Larry McLaine, hit upon a series of four posters pairing newcomer Walden with the Cyclones' popular basketball coach, Johnny Orr, in Bartles-and-Jaymesian poses and situations. Fifteen thousand free copies of the first poster were snapped up. Then 3,000 of the other three posters were sold for $1 each. "We've had a rise in season ticket sales for the first time in several years, and we have sold 1,000 more student tickets than last year," McLaine says.

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