Business is so good that the Traberts will begin selling Clean and Lean franchises on Jan. 1, so look for one coming to your neighborhood. And if not a Clean and Lean, maybe a Wash and Squash.
A few days before the Nov. 21 Breeders' Cup at Hollywood Park, Joseph Bollero, the 77-year-old trainer of Ms. Margi, who was entered (and would finish fifth) in the $1 million Distaff, was asked if he felt any pressure. "Pressure?" replied Bollero. "Ask me about pressure. When I was a jockey, I rode horses for Al Capone. Now that's pressure."
Bollero wasn't exaggerating. "The horses weren't in Mr. Capone's name," he said. "The first time I won on one of his horses, at Hawthorne Race Course [ Cicero, Ill.], Mr. Capone came up to me afterward, peeled five new $100 bills from a wad and handed them to me.
"Telling you this stuff can't get me killed. I'm too old now."
DID YOU KNOW?
Steve Kazor, the special teams and tight ends coach of the Chicago Bears, is the great-grandson of a cousin of Pope John Paul II's mother.
Washington and Jefferson College defeated host Allegheny 23-17 on Nov. 21 in overtime of an NCAA Division III South Regional semifinal that recalled the heyday of their 90-year-old rivalry. In fact baseball owes a debt of gratitude to the enmity between these two football teams.
Once upon a time—for two seasons, 1904 and '05—the football coach at Allegheny was Wesley Branch Rickey, a baseball catcher with major league aspirations. According to a recent article by John Hanners, a professor at Allegheny, in The Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, Rickey was a popular coach, as well as a Shakespeare teacher in the college's preparatory school. He worked hard at both fund-raising and recruiting, and his preseason football camps presaged his innovative Vero Beach training complex for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
His prize catch of the '05 season was a 215-pound fullback named Marvin Orestus Bridges, and Bridges made the Methodists—as they were known back then—a team to be reckoned with. In those days it was not uncommon for a player to be paid, and Bridges was remunerated, but not well enough. In late October, Washington and Jefferson stole Bridges out from under Allegheny and Rickey by offering him more money. The defection so disillusioned Rickey that he quit holding practice for the rest of the season, and a month later he resigned.