And at the University of Wisconsin, Jeff Peirce, who is completing work on his doctorate, is concerned about where a person jogs. Jog upwind, he urges, and at least a block from any street, if possible, to avoid inhaling auto exhaust. Every extra meter you put between the road and yourself helps.
For those of you who have been jogging along roadways for several miles every day, never thinking about downwind or upwind, but always about what good things you are doing for your health, this item is designed to ruin your day.
"Game called on account of cleats," the announcement could have said. When Pitcher Bill Butler of the Tacoma Twins went to the mound last Friday night to face the Hawaii Islanders in a Pacific Coast League game in Honolulu, he was wearing metal cleats. This violated a rule that is in force at Aloha Stadium, Hawaii's new 50,000-seat showcase. "We want this AstroTurf to last 10 or 12 years," says stadium Manager Mackay Yanagisawa, who effectively stopped Butler from walking on the rug by turning off the ball park's lights.
Jack Quinn, president of the Islanders, pleaded with Yanagisawa to turn the lights back on, but Yanagisawa was adamant. Nor could Manager Cal Ermer of the Twins be persuaded to have Butler put on acceptable shoes. "Every pitcher in our organization is required to wear metal cleats, no matter what the surface is," Ermer said. "I got my orders."
The impasse continued. After 30 minutes Umpire Bill Lawson called the game, awarding it to Tacoma on a forfeit. "I have to go by the rule book," he said, "and the rule book states that the home team is responsible for playing conditions."
Maybe the defeat did it, but in any case Yanagisawa got a phone call the next day from Hawaii Governor George Ariyoshi. The governor decreed that metal cleats be allowed, at least for the time being, and Saturday night's game was played. Tacoma won that one, too.
HARD AS NAILS
Football coaches like to complain about tough schedules—see Frank Broyles' comment over there in "They Said It"—but it isn't always easy to tell if a schedule is as hard as the coach says it is, in college ball. Pro football is easier to analyze, and the figures give Bill Arnsparger of the New York Giants a prima facie argument that his 1976 schedule is a back breaker. In a rating based on the total number of victories each team's 1976 opponents achieved last year, the Giants will have far and away the toughest slate in pro football next fall. The Giants' rivals had a total of 115 wins last year, compared to a piddling 74 for those facing the Oakland Raiders, whose schedule is the easiest in the league.
Closest to the Giants in the dread-things-to-come category are the San Diego Chargers (103 opponent victories), the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears (each at 102, although the Bears would like you to note that in mid-season they play five consecutive games against teams that made the playoffs last season), the Cincinnati Bengals (101) and the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots (100 each). Other teams' schedules range from 96 to 80, except for the Denver Broncos who, at 75, have almost as soft a schedule as the Raiders.