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"If you replace water alone you'll never get in trouble. We are encouraging athletes to eat salt—after practice. We want them to salt food heavily and to use the electrolyte solutions ( Gatorade and the like) to replenish salt. But in terms of preventing heatstroke, the important thing is to drink plenty of water before and during practice and I do mean plenty. Ten years ago we used to give players sips of water during practice and in time-outs during games. Now at Ohio State we average 100 gallons of ice water per practice.
"Coaches have told their players not to drink water because it makes you sick—and that's a lot of hooey."
THE WIDE WORLD OF MUNICH
The American Broadcasting Company, which likes to think of itself as "the innovative network," is distributing to its clients a guidebook entitled Munich and the Summer Olympics as Covered Exclusively by the ABC Television Network.
It is a good guidebook and includes such helps to the Olympic spectator as a complete program of the Games, a map, a brief dissertation on the city and lists of hotels, bars, beer halls, restaurants and nightclubs—even a glossary which advises that Eierfrucht means eggplant, Huhn is chicken and Rauchspeck is bacon. There is also a section entitled "Where to Meet Munich's Girls," and a warning against clip joints.
All very useful, no doubt. But then, as what might be considered a work of supererogation, there is a brief section headed "Ladies of the Evening," with directions on how to get to, for instance, "The IMEX House on Hohenzollern-strasse, two blocks west of Belgrad-strasse, on the right hand side, going out of town."
THE TIDE TURNS FOR SAM
The Hollywood-inspired view of the prizefight business is that it is a cutthroat racket without honor. In some times and places it has been just that—but not always or everywhere.
It has been a long time between big scores for Sad Sam Silverman, 59, who promoted 32 of Rocky Marciano's fights. And big scores came in only a few of the Marciano matches since 29 of them were put on in New England cities. Sam did make between $40,000 and $50,000 on one of the Sugar Ray Robinson- Paul Pender middleweight championship bouts in Boston in 1960. His last championship match was in 1962 when Pender and Terry Downes went at it in Boston. He almost had the Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston bout in Boston, too, but Ali developed a hernia, and the fight drifted farther north to that one-punch show in Lewiston, Maine.
Now on Oct. 11 in Boston Garden, Sam looks to have another big score when George Foreman and Oscar Bonavena met for something called the Pan-American heavyweight championship. Sports Action made the match, and the reason it ended up in Boston with Sam cut in on a promoter's share goes back a few years.