CREDIT WHERE DUE
Tom Dempsey, the New Orleans Saints' placekicker, is still getting recognition for his 63-yard field goal. The Dallas Bonehead Club presented him with its Bonehead of the Year trophy last week in commemoration of the feat. The kick beat Detroit, all right, but the victory also booted the Saints out of a shot at pro football's No. 1 draft pick. The Saints thus became only the second worst team in the National Football League, behind Boston.
TIPS FROM THE TOP
The Impington ( England) Village College of Further Education, which is near Cambridge University but not much like it, has started a seven-week course on beating the races. About 40 students are in rapt attendance, learning how to judge such matters as breeding and conformation, the odds and jockeys. First lecture, on breeding and form, was given by Geoffrey Sale, editor of the book Hunters, Chasers and Point-to-Pointers.
Advertisements for the course were posted in betting shops in and around Cambridge, but it has attracted students from as far as 40 miles away.
Scholars are awaiting climactic lectures by representatives of Tote Investors, Ltd. and Ladbroke's, two prominent bookmaking houses, whose representatives, presumably, will tell the class how to beat the bookies.
California's duck-hunting season was drawing to a close, the state legislature was in session and Assemblyman Robert E. Badham was itching to get in one last fling at the sport he loves best.
But the Assembly has a rule that an excuse must be given to play hooky from a legislative session, or else $30 per diem is forfeited. So Badham wrote his excuse:
My Dear Mr. Speaker—
I hereby request that I be excused on legislative business today as I will be away from the Capitol with a group of conservationists conducting an ecological tour of the northeast quadrant of the San Joaquin Valley assessing habitat and feeding conditions of migratory waterfowl.
Robert E. Badham, Assemblyman,
Speaker Bob Moretti, no duck huntter, approved the excuse. Assemblyman Badham got his limit.