Jim Lynam, who took over as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in midseason, last week was given a three-year contract. That was good news for Lynam but bad news for the reporters covering the club, because he's a man of few words. In fact, when he was coach of the San Diego- Los Angeles Clippers a few years ago, a writer once asked him to stop replying to questions with one-word answers, whereupon Lynam said, "Why?"
When a Philadelphia writer recently asked him if that actually happened, Lynam said, "True."
A CERTAIN SAMENESS
There were two rather confusing golf pairings in last week's Grand Prix of Europe Match Play Championship in Chepstow, Wales: Gordon Brand vs. Gordon Brand and David Russell vs. David Russell. In case you're wondering, Gordon J. Brand of England defeated Gordon Brand Jr. of Scotland 2 and 1, and David J. Russell of England beat his countryman David A. Russell one up.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
The official logo for the 114th running of the Kentucky Derby was a striking picture of two galloping horses, jockeys up, with Churchill Downs in the background. Something was amiss, however. The lead horse seemed to have five legs.
Mike Schuh, a reporter for Louisville's WLKY-TV, first got wind of the anatomical error on April 30 in a casual conversation with an employee of All Pro Championships, the licensing company for the Triple Crown races. Schuh did a piece on the air in which he asked people to count the legs. An overwhelming majority said five. All Pro vice-president Sandra Prew disagreed, saying, "I see four. I can't stop people from seeing five...any more than I can stop them from seeing little green Martians."
But Marti Long, the graphic artist whose design for the logo was chosen in a contest sponsored by All Pro and Churchill Downs, says that the horse now has five legs, although she didn't intend it that way. "My original design was a little ambiguous [in that it was hard to discern which legs belong to the first horse and which to the second]. But the color separations appear to have been joined in final reproduction. How could they not see they were putting five legs on a horse? I didn't notice until last week when someone who saw my Derby pin said, 'That horse has five legs.' "
The five-legged horse is also entered, so to speak, in the Preakness; its logo is based on Long's design. However, the Belmont logo, also a derivation of Long's concept, has been corrected.