Notre Dame supporters going to Miami this weekend to see the Irish play the Hurricanes are being offered a sporting proposition by the Roney Plaza hotel. The going rate for rooms is $10 a day, but if Miami loses to Notre Dame the visitors will only have to pay $5.
The hotel has offered similar deals for Miami's other home games, and so far it has not been an unprofitable gamble. Miami's only loss at home was to Penn State.
Unfortunately, the hotel got carried away with local fervor and thought the AFL Miami Dolphins were a good bet, too. "We started off the season with the same cut-rate policy for the Dolphins," Hotel Manager Sandy Slater says, "but they lost their first exhibition game, and 30 or 40 guests got out for half price." Not only that, Slater saw what kind of team the Dolphins were. "I decided to withdraw the offer," he says. A little dabbling in gambling water is O.K., but no hotelman likes to take a bath.
A Canadian chemical firm is marketing a body spray for deer hunters. The product, called G66 Deer Lure, makes a man smell like an apple or, rather, like an orchard. A deer is able to pick up the scent two miles away.
Colonel George Wigg, who has been the watchdog for scandals and security leaks in Harold Wilson's government and a close confidant of the Prime Minister (he helped win the election for the Socialists by exposing Profumo), became the No. 1 man in British racing last week. On taking over as chairman of the Horserace Betting Levy Board, Wigg declared, "I have a profound hatred of new brooms, and I honestly see my job as a member of a team." But by the end of the first week it was obvious that Wigg had intentions of setting England's horseracing house in order. Wigg had said, among other things, that "the Jockey Club's discipline is so soft that the rules are ignored and derided;" that "jockeys have developed the business of "covering up' or disguising an attempt to lose into something close to an art;" that "bookmakers, as a profession, are not very intelligent—neither was the dinosaurus and the dinosaurus got stuffed; if they are not careful so will the bookmakers, for the same reason;" and that jockeys "are not as fully developed as the average young male of the same age, so it is quite likely that if their bodies are not fully developed, then their IQs will not be very high, either."
Indignant jockeys and horsemen demanded a retraction, but George Wigg was taking back little that he had said. "If I have wounded anyone in anyway," he told reporters, "on grounds of courtesy alone, I am sorry."
Lawrence Zeidel's new book won't make the movies. The book is too short (10 pages) and the title too long for the marquee. Nevertheless, a Resum� with References and Testimonials of Larry Zeidel, Professional Hockey Player, Sales Promotion and Public Relations Executive appears to be a bestseller of sorts. It landed Zeidel a job with the Philadelphia Flyers in the expanded National Hockey League. "When expansion came I figured I'd better let people know I was available," says Zeidel, who has spent most of his 16 years as a pro playing in minor league rinks from Seattle to Hershey, Pa. So last summer he got out his scrapbooks and newspaper clippings and sat down to write his autobiography. He included pictures, too. "The one of me sitting behind the desk was to improve my image," he says. "Too many people had the idea I was a bad guy who got a lot of penalties."
Zeidel had his work printed (for $150) and mailed a copy to each of the 12 teams in the NHL, informing them that he was available.