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The practice had been going on—and hardly causing a stir—since the mid-1960s in certain Louisville high schools until Jim Bolus and Larry Barnes broke the story in the Courier-Journal. Reaction was immediate, and heated.
To embarrass boys who quit their football teams, the schools instituted a "Hall of Shame." At Trinity High, a quitter's name tape was taken off his locker and pasted on a Hall of Shame board and team members were strongly encouraged to give him the big go-by socially. This season, one boy who quit the St. Xavier High team finally transferred to another school because of the harassment.
Jim Kennedy, now an assistant at the University of Louisville but coach at Trinity when the first H of S board was raised, termed the treatment of the reluctant players "negative motivation," and credited this with being one of the reasons why Trinity rose from being an also-ran to one of the state's leading high school powers. Opposed parents and educators are positive the same results could have been obtained by eliminating the negative. We're with them.
While Muhammad Ali stirs up the Za�rian countryside for support in his upcoming fight in Kinshasa, a startling defection has occurred in his own camp. His wife Belinda is wearing a George Foreman button on her purse, and has sent the heavyweight champion an autographed picture of herself addressed to "Sweet Brother." Foreman turns out to be very high on her list of idols, which includes, by her count, Jim Brown, Roberta Flack, Sammy Davis Jr., Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Temptations, Bruce Lee and Jim Kelly, who is a black karate champion. Ali himself does not qualify for the list.
"You can't put a husband on a list like that," Belinda says. "It's only for idols."
"Does Ali approve of your carrying around a Foreman button?"
"No. But if he can have his idols—Sugar Ray Robinson and Jack Johnson and the others—then I can have mine. I don't like George only as a fighter. As a person he's tops. I met him for five minutes in the Midtown Motel in New York while he was talking boxing with Ali."
"Whom will you root for at the fight?"