There's this man on a train in England, see? And he notices this girl, and he decides to put a little move on her. Well, let the lady tell it. Perhaps you should first be told that her name is Janis Kerr and that she is the English women's shot-put champion, and that she is six feet tall and weighs a little over 200 pounds. She was sitting alone on the train, reading, when the man approached her, leering.
"He stood over me and his intentions seemed quite clear," says Kerr, "so I had a go. He really did not know what hit him. It was a beauty."
The go lasted four minutes, while Ken-struggled to hang on to the man—his interest in her suddenly having waned—until the train stopped at a station. "I was determined to hold him for the police," she said, and did.
Her husband, Andy Kerr, a 6'2", 260-pound weight lifter, said approvingly, "She fights like a wild animal. When we had play fights I soon discovered she could handle herself."
Mrs. Kerr had a previous bout with a masher on a train. "That time," she said, "I was sitting alone when a guy put his hand on my knee. I told him to stop it immediately. But he persisted, so I whapped him one."
Of her latest encounter, she said, "I think I scored one for every woman who has found herself being molested in this sort of situation. It happens far too often these days. Something has got to be done to stop it."
Like whapping them one.
Having two players with the rare skills of George McGinnis and Julius Erving on the same team may not necessarily guarantee the Philadelphia 76ers the NBA championship, but it does make for some breathtaking moments. One such, reported by The Washington Post, came in a game between the 76ers and the Bullets when McGinnis, heading toward the basket on a breakaway with only Dave Bing to beat, saw out of the corner of his eye that Erving was trailing on the play. Instead of going in over Bing, or pulling up for a jumper or trying one of his sleight-of-hand hesitation moves, McGinnis suddenly stopped and lobbed the ball underhand straight up in the air. Erving, reacting instantly, took off from the free-throw line, grabbed the ball as it sat there in midair waiting for him and laid it in for the score.
TO BE SPECIFIC
Erving's spectacular layup may have been esthetically satisfying, but it did nothing for his slam-dunk average. Slam-dunk average? That's just the latest in a multitude of basketball minutiae kept by Harvey Pollack, the 76ers' director of publicity and the NBA's undisputed Sultan of Stats. Pollack likes to keep track of such things, but it isn't always easy. When in an official play-by-play report of a 76er game in Houston he found seven entries saying " Erving, layup," he didn't believe it. He fired off memos to every publicity man in the league imploring them to "be sure your play-by-play man knows the difference between a layup and a dunk."