A rookie tight end of the Dallas Cowboys who never played football in college, John Nelson has become a kind of star in Cowboy practice sessions. He loosens up by jumping over automobiles, taking them at a single bound, just like Superman.
Nelson began by jumping over the hoods of small foreign cars. Then he graduated to the hoods of Lincoln Continentals. His finest achievement so far has been to clear the top, not just the hood, of a Chevrolet Malibu.
The secret of clearing automobiles, says Nelson, is "getting your feet high enough." The logic is inescapable.
Ever since World War II the Michigan-Michigan State football game has been a sellout, seen either by 101,001 at Michigan or 76,000 at Michigan State. This is State's year to play host, and all tickets are now long gone. But ticket holders may not know what the kickoff time will be until two days before the game.
It's all because ABC-TV cannot tell the teams right now what time to play this traditional game. It will start at either 11:50 a.m. or 1:50 p.m., depending on just how the Oakland Athletics are doing. The A's could either be representing the American League in the World Series or be out of action entirely. If the A's are in the Series, the football game would start at 11:50, before the Series game from the West Coast. Otherwise, it will be the later time.
And ABC, which does football, doesn't even do the baseball. NBC does. What is wagging what?
THEY DON'T EVEN YELL FORE
Water hazards are one thing, but what has been happening at the Fort Dupont golf course in Washington, D.C. is ridiculous. The course is about to be closed down because so many golfers are being held up and robbed. The 9th green is especially popular with the muggers, who got three Washington policemen there in 1969.
SIBLING RIVALRY AGAIN
It is the ambition of Billie Jean King to become the first woman athlete to earn $100,000 in purses in one year. Though she is now within $33,000 of the goal after taking $11,000 in the Virginia Slims International at Houston, she still is not sure she can make it. It would mean winning all the remaining domestic tournaments. She has won 10 of the 15 in which she has appeared this year.