Finally, last week, the Rev. Akaka went back to the stadium site to lift the curse. "The folks have been relocated," he said. "I feel the problem has been resolved. We are now ready to complete the blessing." With that, he sprinkled salt and water from a hallowed Hawaiian koa wood bowl onto the future 50-yard line. The workers returned to the job. Hopefully, Honolulu will have its new stadium by next autumn.
As cross-country skiing becomes more and more popular, the problem of keeping up strength on long treks becomes more acute. Alpine skiers do not have the same problem; their sport requires skill, grace and coordination, but even the longest downhill run does not last very long and there are always mechanical lifts to take the skier back to the top again. Cross-country skiing, on the other hand, is physically exhausting even for the expert. Because this is so, Randy Fort of the YMCA Community College in Chicago, who teaches a course in cross-country skiing and winter camping, tells his charges that a continuing supply of food is vital. In other words, they must eat early and often. He tells them to carry oatmeal in envelopes, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, M&M candies, heavily salted chicken soup, things like that. "I begin eating lunch shortly after breakfast," Fort says. "The whole idea is to nibble your way along the trail."
ANYTHING YOU CAN DO
The National Hockey League, which generally is quite healthy at the box office, is not as successful on TV, at least not when it goes head to head with basketball. In an effort to hype interest in the ice telecasts, NHL stars are being readied for drop-in-and-chat appearances on talk shows such as Johnny Carson's, and NBC, the network that telecasts the Sunday afternoon hockey games, has decided to ape the one-on-one competition that pro basketball had on ABC last season (and which was dropped, much to the players' disgust, when CBS took over the telecasts this season). Between periods of the hockey games, top forwards will take shots at top goalies and—well, you know how it works.
NBC has also moved the time of the games forward in an effort to get them on the air before the basketball telecasts. The obvious move for CBS is to start its basketball games (sorry, the NBA's basketball games) even earlier. If NBC responds in kind, pretty soon we will be enjoying big-league sport with the breakfast Granola.
YOUR AVERAGE BIG TEN TEAM
As the argument raged last week over whether Ohio State (with no passing attack) or Michigan (with a second-string passing attack) was "the most representative team" for the Big Ten to send to the Rose Bowl, a bemused Chicagoan suggested the conference turn instead to Northwestern. Not only did Northwestern have the best passing attack in the Big Ten, he argued, it was as representative as a team could get; it finished in a four-way tie for fourth place and thus finished ahead of three teams, behind three teams and in a tie with three teams.
The continuing dilemma of television's impact on sport, both good and bad, came to a head this fall in Kentucky, when it was announced that the University of Kentucky, perennially one of the top college basketball teams in the country, was awaiting a Southeastern Conference O. K. to televise four important road games over a statewide network. The university had signed contracts for the telecasts with TV stations in Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green, Hazard, Paducah, and Evansville, Ind., and other schools around the state screamed in protest. They said the proposed telecasts would be in direct conflict with 10 Ohio Valley Conference games, two Kentucky Wesleyan home games, and one home game each of Bellarmine and Transylvania. Because interest in Kentucky's renowned team is always high around the state, the others said the telecasts would have a devastating effect on attendance. Folks in their towns would stay home and watch the Wildcats for free, they argued, instead of coming out to watch the local team.
"This is contrary to guidelines established by the NCAA," Dr. Dero Downing, president of Western Kentucky, told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "I hope the local TV station will not carry live games that conflict with our schedule." His athletic director, Johnny Oldham, said, "I wouldn't think you could sell advertising time to local businessmen when Western is playing a home game. I don't think there are any such people living here."
But the general manager of the local TV station said he had many requests for the Kentucky telecasts. He did say he would delay the UK games and show them later on tape—if Western Kentucky would let him telecast the conflicting games live. Then, of course, Western Kentucky would be competing with itself.