Never mind the stories about violence in hockey. The NHL security office reports that, except for a boyish tendency to pound one another's heads on the ice, hockey players do nothing sinful.
"I know of no homosexuals in the NHL," says Security Director Frank Torpey, apparently alluding to a recent disclosure by a former pro football player. "We are remarkably free of that stuff, thank God."
As for drugs, the National Football League has a convicted cocaine seller but, says Torpey's aide, Al Wiseman, "There is no evidence of any drug use in our league, and I'm talking about all drugs."
Wiseman also said no evidence of gambling has been discovered—the poor old NFL has suspended players for a year for betting—and that "I haven't seen a lush yet. From our standpoint, there are no alcoholics."
No aberrant sex, no drugs (presumably not even marijuana), no gambling, no drunks—the purity is overwhelming. Why, in the Western Canada Hockey League, President Ed Chynoweth made Coach Ernie McLean of the New Westminster Bruins post a $5,000 personal performance bond after McLean reached over the boards and pulled a toupee off the head of a linesman. "There is no way our league can condone this," declared Chynoweth.
In such a heady moral atmosphere it is probably gilding the lily to suggest that hockey go a teensy step further and get the boys to cut down a little on the practice of jamming hockey sticks into opponents' teeth.
BIG BANG-BANG THEORY
When the jogging craze hit several years ago, it was suspect as perhaps just another fad. It has shown remarkable staying power. But for such a simple activity, it continues to stir a variety of views.
Many people jog a mile or more a day. But Dr. Paul Lessack, director of adult fitness and cardiac rehabilitation at the Rutgers Medical School in Green Brook, N.J., says, "Don't go out and jog a mile. Jog for a minute and walk for a minute. Repeat that five or six times, three times a week. That's all you need." Short, intense exercise like this, Lessack says, is more healthful than prolonged, uninterrupted jogging.
But Dr. Don Lannin, the physician for the Minnesota Vikings, thinks people shouldn't jog at all. He favors bike riding. Why? Lannin says there's too much "bang-bang" in jogging, which is particularly damaging to the hip.