The first one? Yes, after St. Mary's routed St. Joseph's 34-0, Foley's teammates insisted that he swallow a lizard before the next game too. Foley agreed, and the Gaels beat Humboldt State 36-10. Foley then said he was full, thanks, and handed over the reptile repasts to his teammates. At least one player downed a lizard before each of St. Mary's eight remaining games, and the Gaels won them all to finish 10-0. Conveniently, the grounds around St. Mary's athletic fields are crawling with fence lizards.
Assistant coach Gordie Finn, who's also a high school biology teacher, assured the players that their ritual is not medically dangerous. Says Foley, "He said that after the lizard hits your stomach, it's gone."
CHAMPS AND MORE CHAMPS
Sugar Ray Leonard's decision to give up the WBC light heavyweight (175-pound limit) crown he earned by knocking out Donny Lalonde in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 suggests how little world boxing titles mean these days. Leonard was also willing to vacate the super middleweight (168) title he won against Lalonde, but was persuaded to keep it by WBC president Jos� Sulaim�n.
In case you've lost track, boxing now has four title-sanctioning bodies and 52 "official" world professional titles in 17 different weight divisions.
Basketball writer Filip Bondy of the New York Daily News notes that if Atlanta Hawks guard Spud Webb ever gets traded to the Hornets, he'll become Charlotte's Webb.
FATHER AND SON
On Saturday at Churchill Downs, Alysheba, the 4-year-old colt who has won more money than any other horse in racing history ($6,679,242), was paraded before the crowd of 13,841 in honor of his retirement. Alysheba ended his racing career three weeks ago with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic on the same track. He will be put to stud at Lane's End Farm, near Lexington, Ky.
Alysheba will be near his 13-year-old father, Alydar, who stands at Calumet Farm in Lexington and who was also in the news last week. Calumet's five owners, most of whom are the descendants of the farm's founder, Warren Wright Sr., said they will donate one of Alydar's stud fees for each of the next four years—a projected total of at least $1 million—to the Kentucky Special Olympics. The gift will be the largest by any individual or family in the 20-year history of the Special Olympics.
IN THE FUTURE, IT'S BACK TO THE SURFACE