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SCORECARD
Edited by Steve Wulf
December 14, 1987
SHAME AT YONKERS
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December 14, 1987

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Olwine was 0-1 with a 5.01 ERA last season—yes, he was shelled a few times—and he pitched only 23? innings. With a lot of spare time on his hands in the bullpen, he started thinking about what he would do in the off-season, and his old dream of vending returned.

During a recent Hawks game, Olwine heard a potential customer cry, "Hey, popcorn!" and when he went to the source, he found teammate and fellow pitcher David Palmer. "Ed was busy," said Palmer, "so he didn't have much time to talk." Added Palmer admiringly, "He looked like a natural out there."

QUARTERBACK SNAP

Fans of the 7-5 Pittsburgh Steelers have been complaining all year that quarterback Mark Malone, the lowest-rated passer in the NFL, is driving them crazy. Well, last Thursday, Tony Morelli, 30, of Wintersville, Ohio, drove his car through a set of gates at Three Rivers Stadium, knocked down several vats of nacho cheese and drove up interior ramps before coming to a halt on the third level. He left his car, ran down to the playing field and kicked imaginary field goals until he was apprehended by police.

Said the arresting officer, Frank Vetere, "He just said he was tired of Mark Malone's passing."

A NEW TACK

In a surprise announcement last week, the San Diego Yacht Club said it would not appeal the controversial New York State Supreme Court interpretation of the America's Cup Deed of Gift (SI, Dec. 7) and that it would accept New Zealand's challenge next summer in boats twice as large as the traditional 12-meter yachts.

This doesn't mean, however, that the defenders of the Cup have become accommodating. To the contrary, the SDYC further announced it would not accept any other foreign challengers. Some club officials even suggested privately that next summer's competition not be called the America's Cup, but simply the 27th Challenge.

The SDYC might also take full advantage of two other potential loopholes in the deed. Aware that the New Zealand syndicate has almost finished building a 125-foot boat with a 17-story mast designed for San Diego's light breezes, the Americans indicated that they might change the venue to the rougher seas off Hawaii. In addition, Sail America might show up with a catamaran or trimaran that would render New Zealand's boat obsolete.

Ben Lexcen, the design genius behind Australia's 1983 America's Cup victory, is outraged that Sail America has taken such an attitude. "The United States, this once-great nation and land of the free, is chickenhearted," says Lexcen. "The American emblem, the bald eagle, should be changed to a spastic canary."

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