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December 24, 1973
The ultimate put-on: Frenchy Fuqua, Pittsburgh Steeler running back and the flashiest dresser in football (if not the whole world). To underline his lavender jumpsuits, floor-length capes and Cavalier hats, he has ordered a pair of glass-heeled shoes, each heel to be filled with water and contain a live tropical fish selected from his aquarium to match the color of the day's outfit.
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December 24, 1973

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The ultimate put-on: Frenchy Fuqua, Pittsburgh Steeler running back and the flashiest dresser in football (if not the whole world). To underline his lavender jumpsuits, floor-length capes and Cavalier hats, he has ordered a pair of glass-heeled shoes, each heel to be filled with water and contain a live tropical fish selected from his aquarium to match the color of the day's outfit.

Best matched sets: The tennis whizzes, Jimmy Connors, co-No. 1 among the nation's men, and Chris Evert, No. 2 among the women. Strong runners-up were Equestrians Mark and Anne Phillips, Schick-shucksters Mark and Suzy Spitz, Weight Watchers Chris and Lynne Taylor and Designated Switchers Fritz & Sue and Mike & Marilyn. Or was it Fritz & Marilyn and Mike & Sue?

Most incongruous change of occupation: World flyweight boxing champion Chartchai Chionoi of Thailand, winner of the title three times in the last seven years. Bored with boxing, he will give it up in favor of raising lotus flowers.

Worst overstatement: Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler. After learning the Big Ten's decision to send Ohio State to the Rose Bowl, he said, "This is why kids are losing respect for America."

Worst likeness: Runner Jim Ryun, trying to resemble a baseball player in another episode of Superstars competition on ABC. He missed by a mile and failed to qualify for the finals this spring.

Subliminalist sub: Bob Lurtsema, understudy to the Minnesota Vikings' four Norsemen and a virtual unknown until he began appearing in a TV ad campaign as Benchwarmer Bob. An instant folk celebrity—and richer—he allowed that he would prefer to be parted from the bench more often, "but now I'm worried it might damage my image."

Cloudiest crystal ball: It belongs to Horse Trainer Art Warner, who said of Jockey Sandy Hawley, "He's the worst rider at the track." Hawley went on to break Willie Shoemaker's season record of 485 winners and Saturday passed the 500 mark.

Best likeness: Actor Ernest Borgnine running to klieg light as the late Vince Lombardi in television's Portrait: Legend in Granite.

Most improved bettor: Senator Charles Mathias of Maryland, who wagered a basket of Chesapeake Bay oysters against Senator Herman Talmadge's bushel of Georgia peaches on the outcome of the Peach Bowl game. The last time Mathias made such a bet he lost, and had to pony up an elephant.

Most trusted: Stan Musial, who scored first in a poll aimed at finding the most believable sportsman. On a list of 192, Joe Namath ranked 156th, Muhammad Ali 190th.

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