With the score tied 1-1, Shack sun-fished through the Detroit line, picked up a rebound and slapped the puck past the Detroit goaler for a tie-breaking score. Then he skated full tilt for Adams' seat, paused dramatically, and said:
"You spell that S-C-O-R-E."
THE INSIDE TRACK
? Elgin Baylor, top scorer for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association, has been given a five-week reprieve from reporting to active duty with the Army. This allows Baylor to play in 23 more games than did his original departure time of Nov. 26. Laker officials estimate that if Baylor had left on the earlier date the team would have lost 60,000 people in attendance and revenue up to $200,000.
? Utah State, unbeaten and once tied this season, is really anxious to get a bowl bid. A representative of State flew to Houston to show the Bluebonnet Bowl selection committee films of State's 1961 games.
?The move of the Los Angeles Dodgers to their new Chavez Ravine park for the 1962 season has inspired the biggest advance sale in baseball history. Walter O'Malley already has orders for more than 12,000 box seats, thus assuring the Dodgers a gate of one million.
THE HOT POTATO
It is no longer big news when an owner of a team in the National Basketball Association fires a coach, and it is not news at all when Ben Kerner of the St. Louis Hawks fires one. Two weeks ago Kerner fired Paul Seymour and promptly replaced him with Fuzzy Levane. Seymour thus became the 17th coach that Kerner has fired in the past 15 seasons. On the surface it would seem that Seymour was fired because the Hawks, heavy favorites to win the Western Division of the NBA, could win only five of their first 14 games. But below the surface is a murky situation involving St. Louis' three superstars—Bob Pettit, Clyde Lovellette and Cliff Hagan.
These three Hawks averaged 71.6 points per game last year and Seymour felt that he could get even more points from them this season (and from the rest of the team as well) by adding rookie backcourtman Cleo Hill to the Hawk starting lineup. The big three, however, didn't care much for this addition. "I took my stand on Hill," says Seymour, "but they were too strong for me. I warned them once [to play along with Hill] during the exhibition season. I told them, 'Now look, the kid is staying,' and they went into their shells."
Apparently Pettit, Lovellette and Hagan believe that Hill, the Hawks' first draft choice, was getting too much publicity. According to both Seymour and Hill, the big three failed to rebound and hustle aggressively when Hill was playing. Cleo Hill, not surprisingly, is a bit confused by this attitude. Last week he said, "I'm not particularly interested in the St. Louis Hawks. I believe I'm on my way out—there's a deal coming up. I'm a hot potato."