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Calgary Flame goalie Mike Vernon hardly expected to see a fan in a Canadiens jersey jump out of the stands; after all, this was staid and stately Montreal Forum. But in the first period of the Canadiens-Flames game on Oct. 18, just such a fan ran up the ice toward Vernon and slapped a puck past him into the net with a miniature hockey stick. The crowd roared.
The weirdness at the rink had just begun. Montreal radio station CKMF was sponsoring an outrageous-stunt contest, in which the prize was $21,000, and for some reason all the hockey-minded crazies tried their stunts at this one game. In the second period another fan ran around the ice with a banner that read CKMF. In the third, a guy in a devil costume started climbing over the boards. Referee Andy van Hellemond rushed over and pushed him back into the stands. Get the devil out of here!
Finally, late in the third period, two mountaineers who had climbed to the rafters rappelled down to the ice on ropes and unfurled a CKMF banner. At week's end, CKMF hadn't announced the contest winner, and Calgary coach Terry Crisp, whose team lost 2-1, was still steaming. He griped that van Hellemond had missed a key Montreal penalty while wrestling with the devil. "Everyone needs a little humor," said Crisp, "but, jeez, didn't it get a little ridiculous?"
University of Utah basketball coach Rick Majerus is known for his 300-pound girth and zinging one-liners, but his mouth went out of control the other day on a radio talk show in Milwaukee. Majerus was describing the lack of attention paid to women's college sports: "You know, with women's athletics, my experience has been that there's a great deal of, um—and I'll be frank with you here—there's a great deal of irregular sexual behavior, let me say. And you know, that's never been brought to the forefront. If that were that prevalent in men's athletics... SPORTS ILLUSTRATED [and] TIME magazine would have exposes from now ad infinity [sic]."
Sister Maria Pares, the Marquette women's basketball coach, zinged Majerus in reply when told of his remarks. "I have no idea where he gets his information," said Pares. "I have been coaching for more than 20 years, and nun or no nun, it has been my experience that what he seems to be alluding to is minuscule. If he's talking about the cases of young men who have been brought to trial and indicted for sexual harassment or rape, then perhaps there is irregular sexual behavior."
Majerus later downplayed his comments. "I'm a flippant guy," he said. "I said a hundred things, kidding around. I made a joke about sheep in Wyoming. I said something about passing the microphone and catching a communicable disease. The other night at the roast for [ Milwaukee Bucks coach] Del Harris, I'm talking about Del's underwear. What does that mean?"
We probably don't want to know.
BACK FOR ANOTHER FIGHT
George Foreman and Gerry Cooney aren't the only comeback stories in boxing these days. One of the sport's most venerable institutions, The Ring magazine, which earlier this year appeared to be down for the count after 67 years, is back on its feet.