Now for the news from Credibility Gap, Colorado—
Here is Bill Ringsby, the trucking tycoon and owner of Denver's ABA Rockets, responding to rumors that he is about to hire NBA Coach Alex Hannum: "He wanted to hire out as our coach and general manager. I wouldn't hire him because I frankly believe I can get a better man. Any man who can't make the playoffs with a super-player like Elvin Hayes isn't much of a coach in my book."
And here is Ringsby, next day, after hiring Hannum as club president, general manager and coach: "We've courted Hannum for two years and we finally landed him...we want to win a championship and, given a reasonable length of time, he'll do it. He's a champion."
Well, it is always nice to know where one stands. Lots of luck out there, Coach Alex. If that was Ringsby's idea of a two-year courtship it ought to be one heck of a marriage.
Question: Who is this creature?
Answer: This is Bruin Goalie Gerry Cheevers.
Answer: Perfectly simple, really. Gerry has been painting those stitches on his mask to represent all the actual sewing-up he would have needed if he had not been wearing it every time he was whapped in the head by an incoming shot.
Question: Boy, he's smart, huh?
Answer: Sure he's smart. You thought he was just another pretty face?