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Exceptional winning streaks by teams at relatively obscure high schools or colleges are not uncommon, but even so we feel an obligation to report that the girls' volleyball team at Dayville High School in eastern Oregon ran off a string of 65 victories before losing a week or so ago. What makes this streak so appealing is that Dayville High has only 29 students, 11 of whom are boys. Of the 18 girls, 16 are on the volleyball squad and a 17th keeps score.
Although Dayville is one of the smallest Class B high schools in the state, it has won the Class A volleyball championship the past two years. Part of its success must be due to its unbridled optimism. The letter that brought word of the winning streak said that after the defeat, "The team rebounded and has a winning streak of one."
WORLD SERIES SHARES
Although the polls say the Presidential election is a toss-up, seers studying baseball auguries say that the Cincinnati Reds' victory in the World Series has to bring joy to the Carter camp. For more than half a century, with only three exceptions, when a National League team won the World Series in an election year, the Democratic candidate won the Presidency; when the American League won, so did the Republicans. Here's the electoral rundown:
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DON AND BUM
Pro football is risky enough on the field, yet the Houston Oilers, already beset by injuries, almost lost both their quarterback and their coach in non-football accidents that occurred only hours apart last week. Dan Pastorini racked up his camper at 3:45 a.m. when he veered off the road and crashed into a clump of trees. And Bum Phillips' 60-foot-high steel observation tower toppled over only moments after he had climbed down from it during an Oiler practice session. Pastorini suffered cuts and a concussion and stayed overnight in a hospital, but Phillips came away from his disaster undamaged, except for his nerves. "When the damn thing fell," he shuddered, "I hadn't walked 10 steps away."
Pastorini, a free spirit who races power boats and who managed to break a foot playing tennis last summer, cheerfully recounted his bad luck. "It was a little scary," he said, "especially when my engine came up and joined me in the front seat. Let's see, since I've been with the Oilers I've had one car stolen, one wrecked by a buddy of mine, one run into by a lady who ran a stop sign—and now this."
Because of the late hour and implications that Pastorini had not been exercising the kind of sound, clear-thinking judgment one expects from a star quarterback, Phillips was asked if he would take disciplinary action against the player.