Over a seven-year period Seattle's player salaries total about $6.6 million, yet the payroll is said to be second in the National Basketball Association to that of the New York Knicks. Even so, says Coach Russell, "Compared to other people and other things, some of our players are underpaid."
BUSY, BUSY, BUSY
Now that Secretariat is about to turn his attention from good healthy exercise to sex, a look at the up-to-date list of those in the syndicate that owns him seems in order. The syndicate members, each holding one $190,000 share in the stallion, are: E. V. Benjamin Jr., agent; David Brooks; J. B. Faulconer, agent; Chance Hill Farm (Bertram Firestone); Mr. and Mrs. Milton J. Dance Jr.; F. Eugene Dixon Jr.; Marubeni America Corporation; Mrs. Richard C. duPont; William S. Farish III; Fontainebleu Farm (Zenya Yoshida, Japan's leading owner); Gilman Paper Company (Howard Gilman, president); Walter Haefner (owner of Ireland's Moyglare Stud); Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hexter; Jonathan Irwin (of Ireland's British Bloodstock Agency Ltd.); Warner L. Jones Jr.; Howard B. Keck; Dan R. Lasater; Pierre Levesque of Canada; Dr. William W. Lockridge; Paul Mellon; Mereworth Farm; Alfred G. Vanderbilt; George Strawbridge Jr.; Ogden Phipps; Capt. A. D. D. Rogers (of Ireland's Airlie Stud); Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Stokes; Tartan Farms; and E. P. Taylor of Canada. If Secretariat proves fertile, each of these 28 shareholders—several of whom are professional front men for investors who prefer to remain anonymous—is entitled to send one mare to him next year. In addition Mrs. Penny Tweedy, Secretariat's owner during his racing career, retains four shares, two for the estate of C. T. Chenery and two for the family-owned Chenery Corporation; Claiborne Farm, which put together the syndicate and where Secretariat will stand at stud, gets three shares; and Lucien Laurin, the colt's trainer, gets one. That's a maximum of 36 shares, or 36 mares that Secretariat may be asked to service in his first year at stud. At Claiborne his stall is the one formerly occupied by his late sire, Bold Ruler, and before that by his grandsire, Nasrullah.
If Secretariat performs satisfactorily, says Seth Hancock of Claiborne, he will probably be bred as an experienced stallion to a full book of 42 to 44 mares in his second year. These extra "seasons" will be awarded to syndicate members by lot. "I'll drop the names in a hat," says Hancock, "and pull out the number of extra seasons I decide on. The ones whose names are pulled out get the extra seasons. They can breed another mare to him or sell the season to another breeder. The following year I'll put the remaining names in a hat and draw again, and we will go through the same process year by year until everybody has had an extra season."
BLOOD AND SNOW
"I haven't seen anything like that since the VD slides they showed us in the Navy," said a middle-aged man. He was one of 260 ski enthusiasts gathered at the first session of "Skicon 73," a three-hour course given by doctors, all avid skiers themselves, at the Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nev. They showed slow-motion color films of arms, legs, necks and pelvises in the process of being contused, cracked and shattered. They showed slides of X-rays of fractures and the great amount of hardware sometimes needed to put things together again. They showed pictures of open, bloody wounds and told what can go wrong with cardiovascular, respiratory and skeletal systems of skiers who approach the slopes without respect and preparation.
The gory point made, the doctors gave advice on how to get into condition, how to prevent accidents, how to ski safely. Local ski shops and manufacturers' representatives showed how to use and maintain bindings, boots and skis.
Because the neighboring Sierra Nevada is said to contain more facilities than any ski area of comparable size in the world, local hospitals are overburdened with disabled skiers every winter. The medical center hopes that "Skicon 73" will help to reduce the casualty list. The first class was such a success that 250 more fought their way through wind, rain and snow to pay the $1 fee for a second session, and dozens have already enrolled for a third session. The more now, the doctors figure, the fewer later.
SQUASH THIS ONE
Doctors were less blunt in Scotland. An antismoking poster showing a young man lying dead on a squash court was captioned, "A lot of young men stop smoking suddenly." Squash players were furious. Doctors at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where the poster was displayed, asked that it be removed on the grounds that it was misleading and could stop people from playing squash and other games. "We were disturbed to see sudden death and physical exercise linked in this dramatic form," said one doctor. It would have been more sensible, the doctors argued, to show the young man at a bus stop, or in a restaurant or slumped over a steering wheel.