SI Vault
Edited by Andrew Crichton
September 30, 1974
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September 30, 1974


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Professional football now has its first eight-mile man. He is George Reed, the 34-year-old running back for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (SI, Aug. 13, 1973). With 101 yards in a game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last week, his sixth over 100 in 11 games this season and the 54th of his 12-year career, he exceeded 14,100 yards in rushing.

Reed passed Jim Brown's career rushing mark, which fell eight yards short of seven miles, at the start of last season. Now he is within 56 yards of his 10th 1,000-yard season. Brown had seven. With five more 100-yard games Reed will top Brown's record of 58.

Running is not George Reed's only distinction. He is also the president of the Canadian Football League Players Association. It struck and picketed the CFL this summer and won substantial concessions from team owners in a new contract. In marked contrast to the NFL's disparagement of its player union leaders—to date 11 player representatives or union officers and two alternate representatives from the 26 teams have left their teams—the CFL is boasting of Reed's accomplishments. He remains the most respected man in Canadian football.

To finance construction of its new field house, the University of Nebraska received from the state 5� on each package of cigarettes sold. There will be no smoking in the arena.

There are signs that some people are carrying conservation too far. Unwilling to toss away the pull-tab on their soda or beer can or put it in their pockets, they drop it through the slot before drinking. Dandy idea, except deep drafters tend to suck the tab up and, oolugh, it gets lodged in the esophagus, polluting, so to speak, the alimentary canal. The accident happens often enough that doctors at a recent X-ray forum listed "pull-tab ingestion" among athletic injuries.


Computation has its own hazards. What, Rice Football Coach Al Conover asked the university's computer before his team's opening game against Houston, were Cougar tendencies on third down close to their own goal? Never, said the electronic wizard, do they pitch out.

So on third and two Houston pitched out and went 91 yards for its first of three touchdowns against scoreless Rice.

"You just can't trust those things," said Conover. "We're going over there to the computer center and beat hell out of that machine."


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