Very disheartening. Especially in view of Blaney's most successful promotions of the year, which were freebie nights. Blaney would sell all the seats in the ball park to a business concern for $1,500 and the business would hand out the complimentary tickets to customers. The six on-the-cuff nights brought crowds ranging from 7,269 all the way up to 10,197. Well, it's an old human trait, isn't it? Give me something for nothing, and I'll love you.
PUCKS ACROSS THE SEA
The Canadian-Russian hockey confrontation may be the harbinger of regular transatlantic hockey competition. Bruce Norris, owner of the Detroit Red Wings, has been working for almost a year to set up a professional hockey league in Europe. The league expects to begin play next year with clubs in Britain, West Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Finland and it hopes to add teams from the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia.
Norris will own the British entry and says he will build an arena in London to seat between 18,000 and 20,000. The future—at least the future as envisioned by publicists for the league—is also expected to include an annual showdown between the European champion and the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup winner.
On the grounds that without a qualm TV ratings project national tastes based on a sampling of only 1,200 homes, or roughly 3/100,000 of the population, we give you the Boston report on the sports preferences of the three million people living in and near that fair city. It is based on a telephone survey of 29 bars. The survey took place on a night when local TV stations were showing: 1) the Olympic Games, 2) a first-place battle between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees and 3) Team Canada playing the Soviet Union in hockey. The envelope, please. Ready? One set was tuned into the Olympics, seven the Sawx and Yanks, 21 the hockey game. And in September, with the ponds in Maine hardly frozen at all.
Tennis elbow, the classic ailment that is becoming almost epidemic as the sport grows, is the result of a weakness in the forearm, says an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Robert P. Nirschl of Arlington, Va., who—as you might suspect—is a tennis player himself, says that all too often the muscle in the forearm is not strong enough to withstand the stress placed upon it, particularly when you hit a backhand and more particularly when you hit a bad backhand. When a ball is poorly hit an acute strain runs along the muscle mass to the elbow joint. Result: scar tissue, painful nerve endings and an elbow that keep you awake at night.
Severe cases of tennis elbow may need injections of novocain, cortisone or Butazolidin, or even casts to ensure immobility. In extreme instances, surgery may be necessary. Generally though, ice and aspirin can relieve much of the pain.
Dr. Nirschl, who likes to measure forearms, says those of world-class tennis players average 11� inches around, compared to 11? inches for the average male player and 9? inches for the average female. Grip power is 105 pounds for the star, but only 80 and 50 for the mixed-doubles team on your friendly neighborhood court. "Despite this disparity in muscle mass and power," says Dr. Nirschl, "all players tend to use the same size and weight racket." Because it is often difficult for the average player to find a racket suited to a relatively puny musculature, Dr. Nirschl recommends a series of exercises to strengthen the forearm. He also thinks you should try to improve your backhand but warns, "This generally requires formal professional instruction."
In other words, take two aspirin and call your pro.