Two managers and seven coaches from one of the most bizarre collections of players in major league history. Surely, that's one for the book.
Last year about this time (SCORECARD, Nov. 17, 1975) we reported on the penchant of Indianapolis' Cathedral High football team for upsetting opponents with terrific winning streaks. The Irish snapped, among other things, skeins of 60 and 24 victories. This season Cathedral continued to be a spoiler, knocking off rivals who had won six, seven, eight and 11 in a row.
A Cathedral supporter who supplied us with this information added, nervously, "Someday we are going to get our own medicine fed back to us." His words proved prophetic. When Cathedral met Merrillville for the Indiana state AAA title last Friday night, it had stretched its own win streak to 20. The Irish lost that championship game in the last two minutes 28-24 and, we imagine, swallowed hard.
LOUSING THINGS UP?
The proposed Dickey-Lincoln dam system on the St. John River in northern Maine may not be built because a rare species of wild snapdragon called Furbish lousewort has been found growing in the area that would be flooded. Environmentalists say the plant may come under the Endangered Species Act, which bars Federal funds from projects that would damage or destroy the habitat of plants or animals in danger of extinction.
Richard Dyer, the botanist who revealed the existence of the lousewort, says there is nothing special about the plant, other than its rarity, and that it is ludicrous to imagine its existence alone could halt a multimillion-dollar project. But he says it symbolizes the change in the environment the damming of the St. John would cause, with its drowning of 88,000 acres of forest land.
Opinion in Maine appears divided on whether the vast hydroelectric project, said to be larger than Egypt's Aswan Dam, should go ahead or be stopped. The Portland Press Herald, suggesting that the plants might be moved, wrote facetiously, "While we bow to no man in our delight at the news that Furbish lousewort is not, as we had feared, extinct, we would modestly submit that an accommodation may be yet achieved. There is no gainsaying the wisdom of legislation designed to protect and preserve, among other things, Furbish lousewort. Yet, having said that, is it not possible to safely transplant this botanical Lazarus to another nearby location? Mind you, we're just asking."
The Bangor Daily News took the opposite stand. "Three cheers for the Furbish lousewort," it wrote. "May it long grace the banks and adjacent lowlands of the St. John River.... As we view it, the Dickey dam issue is just now beginning to take focus. The spotlight is on [the] Furbish lousewort and all it stands for—including a beautiful free-flowing river."
THE SMELL OF MONEY