"Resolved, That said sportscasters be required to remove themselves from the announcing booth...and spend said stipend...on sufficient quantities of peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs and other foodstuffs to keep their mouths full and occupied for the duration of all marching band performances...."
GRAND THEFT PRINTOUT
A shoe company computer has predicted that the night of July 21 will mark a milestone for baseball. On that date, says an electronic forecast for the Converse Co., the Cardinals' Lou Brock will steal his 893rd base, thereby breaking the all-time record of 892 held by Ty Cobb. The computer's projection is based on Brock's career average of one stolen base per 2.61 games.
While Brock may be viewing the 21st with anticipation, Joe Ferguson of the Houston Astros may be viewing it with trepidation. St. Louis plays Houston that Thursday night, and Ferguson is the Astros' catcher.
ALL THREE FOR THE MONEY
At a congress of the International Ski Federation in Argentina last week, one of the first items discussed was the paradox that in recent years the men's overall World Cup champion has not been an overall skier, but a specialist. The last time the overall World Cup champion in the men's events was a good all-round skier, i.e., one who competed successfully in all three alpine events—downhill, slalom and giant slalom—was in 1970, when Austria's Karl Schranz won the cup. Since then, Italy's slalom and giant-slalom specialists, Gustavo Thoeni and Piero Gros, who rarely do well in the downhill, and, for the last two seasons, Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark, who does not ski downhill at all, had the highest point totals. Throughout the 1976-77 season Stenmark was challenged most strongly by Austria's Franz Klammer, who has but one specialty, the downhill.
The FIS Technical Committee passed a modification which requires World Cup skiers to take part in all three events if they want to compete for the overall title. Serge Lang, the Swiss journalist who founded the World Cup, said that now the future champion would "come out of the sum total of the three best results in the three specialties. If he does not take part in all three, he will see his chances decline."
With Austria backing the move, it has a good chance of winning the vote of the full congress. Meanwhile, the Swedish delegates are up in arms. Unless Stenmark puts in a lot of overtime in downhill training, he does not stand a chance to win the cup a third time.
Last winter, when Klammer was Stenmark's main competition, Stenmark said, "It would not be right for someone who excels in one event to win the World Cup." It seems that excelling in two events does not make a world champion, either. The new system may produce a champion who doesn't excel in anything.