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Edited by Craig Neff
November 14, 1988
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November 14, 1988


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The award for the best costume of the Halloween season goes to NHL president John Ziegler as the Invisible Man. Even as his league has been beset by a spate of high-sticking and fighting incidents, Ziegler has been nowhere in sight. His assistant, NHL executive vice-president Brian O'Neill, is the man charged with handing out suspensions, but you would think O'Neill wouldn't be left alone to try to argue—in the face of an avalanche of negative publicity—that the league is committed to eliminating intentional stick fouls. Someone should tell Ziegler that his sport needs real leadership and that Halloween is over.


In October, Pomona and Pitzer colleges in Claremont, Calif., hosted the 1988 Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association Rolex Southern California Small College Regional Men's Singles Championship.

That's a hard name to top, but somebody already has. A three-on-three basketball tournament this weekend will be called The 1st Annual One and Only Gus Macker 'fer Sure, All- Hollywood, All-Sandblaster, All-Corey, All-Joe, All-Maz, All-World, All-Galaxy, All-Universe Invitational Takin' It to the Colonel's Bucket Three-On-Three Outdoor Backyard-Style Call Your Own on the Beautiful Campus of Long Beach State Charity Basketball Tournament.

Don't ask us to translate.

Notre Dame defeated Rice 54-11 last week to remain No. 1 in the nation. Even more impressively, the Irish received the College Football Association's Academic Achievement Award for the fourth time in the eight years it has been conferred. The award is given to the CFA school that graduates the highest percentage of its scholarship football players within five years of their matriculation. Notre Dame not only won—Penn State, Kentucky, Duke and Virginia were the runners-up—but it also turned in the first perfect record in the history of the award: All 24 football players who entered Notre Dame in the fall of 1982 had graduated by last June.


Which is more educational: 1) listening to a science lecture, or 2) driving an Olympic bobsled, climbing across a 20-foot-wide man-made cliff, judging five Olympic sports against an expert in the field and running a 10-meter dash against top Canadian sprinter Angella Issajenko? Please don't say the lecture.

Education is the essence of the $3 million sports exhibition on display through next October at the Ontario Science Center in Toronto. All the athletic challenges listed above—and others—are offered. The visitor sits in an actual bobsled in front of a large screen and takes a simulated run with wind in his face to learn about aerodynamics; he gets a sense of Olympian sprint speed by racing next to a life-sized image of Issajenko moving along a wall.

There's humor to be found, too: An exhibit on the materials used to make sports equipment compares the gear of a hockey goalie with a suit of armor worn by a medieval jouster. Suffice it to say that goalies have no reason to gripe about how uncomfortable their protective outfits are.

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