Officials of Memorial Stadium in Baltimore conducted an experiment during the Penn State-Maryland football game on Nov. 7. The only beer served by stadium vendors contained no alcohol, and fans were prohibited from bringing their own intoxicating beverages into the stadium.
The results were impressive: Only two arrests were made in the sellout crowd of 62,500, and both of those were not related to drinking. By comparison, when Maryland played at Memorial Stadium against Miami in 1985, there were 36 arrests, most of them alcohol-related. "I didn't see or feel the tension you often find in crowds where alcohol is allowed," said Ralph Chase, the stadium manager.
From an economic perspective, the stadium took a bath. The concessionaires sold only $2,300 worth of the no-alcohol beer. During that Miami-Maryland game, the beer sales were more than $100,000. "In time, beer without alcohol will gain acceptance," said Lou Grasmick, a commissioner with the parks department.
For many fans, though, the restrictions enhanced enjoyment of the game. "The last time I went to a Maryland game at the stadium, I was disgusted by the behavior and the drinking of the people around me," said Mark Hummel, a 31-year-old banker from Baltimore. "This time I was able to enjoy the game without those distractions. It was a real pleasure."
BECAUSE IT'S THERE
An adventurous, some say reckless, group of runners is in the Himalayas preparing for the first Everest Marathon. The only traditional thing about the race will be the distance: 26 miles, 385 yards. It will start in Nepal on Nov. 27 at Gorak Shep—a flat area 17,000 feet above sea level—go over two uphill stretches, pass the Dhangboche Buddhist monastery and wind down to 11,500 feet in the Sherpa capital of Namche Bajar.
That may sound like a romantic run for the 36 foreign entrants, ages 25 to 61, but along with the normal travails of a marathon, they will face subfreezing temperatures and "acute mountain sickness," a potentially fatal condition that can be caused by strenuous exercise at high altitudes. Chris Jenner, the head of a team of doctors overseeing the race, told The Daily Telegraph of London, "I would not want anyone to think I am overstating the case, but people die at altitude, whether they are running a marathon or not. It is a very risky business." So risky that competitors are reminded in a pamphlet that "in the event of death, repatriation of bodies will be impractical."
WE GOT YOU, BABE
Baseball fans must be cringing at a scene in the popular new movie Suspect. The movie is about a murder trial, and at one point the defense attorney, played by Cher, tries to demonstrate to the jury that her client is lefthanded. So she throws her keys at him suddenly, and when he catches them in his left hand, we are supposed to believe that proves he's a southpaw. Don't these movie people know that a righthanded baseball player catches with his left hand?
The Colonel James H. Bishop Award is annually given by the United States Tennis Association to the U.S. Junior Davis Cup squad member who best exemplifies the highest standards of character, conduct, sportsmanship, appearance and tennis accomplishment. The recipient of this year's award was Stanford University senior Patrick McEnroe, who is John's younger sibling.