Boxers, says Rush, show the slowest reflexes. Baseball players are faster, but basketball players are fastest. His two most formidable opponents over the years have been Baylor and Jerry West, while the best of the ballplayers is Harrelson. But none is as fast as Rush.
"I have a pretty good thing going," he says cheerfully. "Unless, of course, I have to shell out for a $300 suit. But there really isn't any chance of that happening. No one alive can beat me."
Fishermen have known for some time that pop tops from beer and soft-drink cans have a fatal attraction for fish. Would-be conservationists who carefully keep empty cans in their boats until they can get ashore to a trash can blithefully toss the shiny twists of metal overboard. As they slowly sink in the water, fish strike at them and then slowly die from the internal damage they suffer.
Concerned fishermen asked the pop-top manufacturers to see if they could do something about the problem, and the can companies were properly horrified. But not just about the fish. It seems that large amounts of money have already been spent to redesign the tops because, it was reported, thousands of law-abiding American citizens have discovered that the pop tops can be used in place of dimes in parking meters and other coin-slot devices.
STAND ON YOUR OWN TWO FEET
Edina High School annually has one of the best high school football teams in Minnesota, but because of a teacher boycott of extracurricular duties during a salary dispute the Edina team had no coaches before its game with St. Cloud Tech. Determined to play the game as scheduled, the principal of the school said he would act as coach and the athletic director would be his assistant. Half a dozen alumni volunteered to serve as spotters and sideline aides.
However, neither the "coach" nor the "assistant coach" took an active role—they let the boys run the game themselves—and when the eager alumni sent in plays they were generally ignored. "We said we didn't want them," declared Co-captain Bruce Carlson. He and Co-captain Dennis Boyle ran things, and to the consternation of football traditionalists ran them rather well. Edina clobbered St. Cloud 22-7.
"People at school were saying we couldn't possibly win without coaches," Carlson said afterward. "For a while, we believed it ourselves."
Of course, when the boycott ended and the teachers resumed their extracurricular assignments, Edina went right on winning—five straight at last report—despite the handicap of coaches.