Ice hockey teams like to toughen up their goalies with rugged drills. Teammates pepper the harried man in the net with every kind of shot, from the blue line to point-blank. The national teams of Czechoslovakia and Russia (SI, Jan. 3) used such drills in Colorado Springs, Colo. recently in preparation for that city's International Hockey Week, then startled spectators with an added bit of mayhem.
All players but the goalies left the ice and the coaches, armed with handfuls of pucks, stood 10 to 12 feet away facing the centers of the cages. They began throwing the hard-rubber discs with Koufax-like speed, sometimes aiming at the corners to test reflexes and sometimes right at the goalies' heads. Coaches and targets gave out with great bear grunts during the 10-minute mano a mano drill, but all left the ice smiling.
Not surprisingly, Russia's goalie, Victor Konovalenko, was superb that night in helping his team beat Canada 6-2.
CASH AND CARRY FOR PORTER
Recently SCORECARD (SI, Jan. 3), reporting that a relatively unknown football player was getting exactly as large a bonus as rumor had it, suggested that the immensely coveted Donny Anderson would still be collecting bonus payments in the year 2000. Had he signed with Houston, it now appears, he literally could have collected into the 1990s.
Oilers' President Bud Adams, called "the Largest Mouth West of the Mississippi" by no less an authority than old George Halas, claims he offered Texas Tech's Anderson the following deal:
A sum equaling 11% of $887,000, to be paid immediately.
A sum equaling 24% of $887,000, to be paid over the next three years.
Over the 10 years after that, 30% more.
A sum equaling 20% of $887,000, to be paid over a 15-year period after he quit playing.