CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Pete Rose isn't the only sporting legend to come in for harsh discipline in recent days. On Sunday veteran race driver A. J. Foyt was fined $5,000 and suspended from the NASCAR circuit for six months after he nearly hit several race officials while driving his car out of the pits during the Winston 500 at the Alabama International Motor Speedway. By contrast, on Friday the NHL suspended Edmonton enforcer Marty McSorley for three games for viciously spearing Calgary's Mike Bullard during an April 23 playoff game (SI, May 2). Isn't it curious that while their sports were throwing the book at the illustrious Rose and Foyt, the NHL was being lenient with McSorley, a journeyman with a history of creating mayhem on the ice?
ONE FOR THE ROSES
SI's William Nack forecasts the 1988 Kentucky Derby:
Forget the nonsense you have been hearing about Saturday's Derby being wide open. This is a three-horse Derby, and the three are Private Terms, Risen Star and Winning Colors. Private Terms, undefeated in seven starts and bred to stay the distance, won the nine-furlong Wood Memorial decisively. Risen Star, a son of Secretariat out of a stakes-winning mare, was caught in traffic twice in Keeneland's Lexington Stakes, but ran down Forty Niner, last year's 2-year-old champion.
Then there's the lone filly in the Derby, Winning Colors, owned by Gene Klein (page 98). The fast track was to her advantage in her front-running triumph in the Santa Anita Derby, but there is no denying the electricity of her performance. And she is bred for distance. The Derby is a lot to ask of a filly—only two, Regret (1915) and Genuine Risk (1980), have won it—and victory seldom goes to a front-runner. But this big filly comes to Kentucky with an effortless gait and a certain aura. The guess here is that Winning Colors will win it wire to wire.
A BURNT OFFERING
Phil McKiverkin, a pitcher for Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., had lost seven games in a row, so he decided to do something about it. "I had bought this new glove, a Bret Saberhagen model, back in the fall, but I just couldn't win with it," says McKiverkin. "The only answer was exorcism."
Before a home game with Columbia on April 19, McKiverkin doused the glove with alcohol and set it afire along the foul line in left. Teammates gathered around the burning glove and gave various incantations—some in Hebrew, some in Italian.
The next day McKiverkin relieved against Brooklyn College, wearing a borrowed glove, and got credit for the 26-14 win. "I'm grateful to my teammates," he says. "They could have burned my right arm instead."