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Somewhat unnoticed in the pro football news last week was Quarterback Terry Hanratty's debut with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hanratty will certainly have better days, but he will never have a more memorable one.
He came into the game in the last period. His first pass was incomplete His second pass was intercepted. His third was intercepted—and run back for a touchdown. His fourth was incomplete. The next time he tried to pass he was thrown for a 10-yard loss. On the next play he was trapped again but scrambled loose and ran for a 31-yard gain. Then he was dumped again, this time for a six-yard loss.
He finally got his fifth pass into the air and completed it for a 32-yard gain and a first down. His sixth pass was intercepted. His seventh was complete for 15 yards and a touchdown. His eighth was another completion, good for 41 yards and a first down. Then, with 27 seconds left, he threw his last three passes, the first for 18 yards and a first down, the second for 11 and another first down and the third, on the last play of the game, for 15 yards and a touchdown. In 14 plays he threw 11 passes, completed six for 132 yards, including four first downs and two touchdowns, was intercepted three times, once for a touchdown, was dumped for losses twice and scrambled once for 31 yards.
Welcome to the NFL, Terry.
SON OF KINSEY REPORT
It has long been said that being an outstanding athlete, like being a famous actor or entertainer, is like living in a goldfish bowl. There is little privacy. Now there threatens to be none. John Justin Smith, associate sports editor of the Chicago Daily News, recently wrote a memo that said, in part: "It is a fond hope that we can put together a series of articles on Sex and the Pro Athlete. The sex life of guys in sport is an interesting and valid story—if it has bearing on their performances. And it must. We will not, of course, hurt any man's (or woman's) reputation where he or she has not publicly hurt that reputation. We will not tell stories for the purpose of being lascivious.
"But we sure are entitled to tell about sexual activities, as far as these activities affect their lives as athletes. For example, does travel put a strain on family ties? Wives are left home alone. The guys go from city to city, deprived of the comfort of board and bed. What does this do to them? To their families?
"Every sport has its female hangers-on, the girls who cluster in ball parks or in and around stadia and hotels. Do the guys avoid these girls? Or use them?
"Are athletes lousy lovers or great ones? It would seem that physical fitness would result in physical sexuality. Does it? Or is all of this lost because most athletes are young and lack the experience to be great lovers?
"Do athletes refrain from sexual activity before engaging in a game? Do team members tend to put the brakes on sexy fellow team members? Or do they work it the other way, encouraging sexual activity?