SEA CHANGE IN PHILLY
A year ago Philadelphia's Board of Education, in an effort to pry money out of state and city treasuries, threatened to wipe out all 1971-72 school year varsity sports in order to balance its budget. Money came through and the high school athletes got to play, though the football season started a week late.
Now Philadelphia is on its way to becoming the sportingest city in the nation by way of celebrating 1976, the country's bicentennial year. It has been awarded the 1976 finals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament, as well as the All-Star games of the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association and major league baseball.
Now, if Pete Rozelle is listening, Philly would like a shot at the Super Bowl. Br-r-r-r.
THE SAINTS MARCH OUT
Among the eight contemporary figures immortalized in the stained-glass windows of the Spaghetti Emporium, a Harvard Square eating place for students, are Joe Namath and Bobby Orr. Another is Spiro Agnew, who is shown as St. John the Baptist, his index finger pointing skyward and a GOP banner in the folds of his sleeve.
Orr guards his flock with a hockey stick instead of a crosier and, in place of a Bible, holds a Boston Bruins program. Namath, grinning like a bear, wears a green and white uniform, reminiscent of St. Patrick, and has a miniature football encrusted on his crosier.
Christy Rufo, an artist who specializes in stained glass, remade the designs from windows in a 60-year-old church. He took out the religious symbols and replaced the heads.
"I make stained-glass windows for a living," he explained, "but I prefer to concentrate on the whimsical and tongue in cheek, even for church windows. They're too impersonal and removed."
HORSEY SETS, ANYONE?