SI Vault
Edited by Douglas S. Looney
August 01, 1977
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August 01, 1977


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Deer are notoriously bad readers, witness the futility of the DEER CROSSING signs, which seldom seem to be where deer cross. It remains to be seen if deer show any more interest in looking at bright lights in mirrors. Meanwhile, deer that decide to go jaybounding in daylight remain strictly on their own.


Five former University of Southern California running backs gathered the other day on campus for a photo session. It was a starry group: Clarence Davis, a hero of Oakland's Super Bowl win over Minnesota; O.J. Simpson, NFL single-season rushing leader; Ricky Bell, first draft choice of Tampa Bay; Anthony Davis, alltime career rushing leader at USC, and Sam Cunningham, last season's top rusher for New England.

O.J. had his big dog with him and Cunningham took to making enormous fun of the beast. O.J. countered by criticizing Sam's little dog—11 inches tall and four pounds. "Why don't you get a bigger dog?" laughed Simpson. Sniffed the 6'3", 224-pound Cunningham, "I don't need a bigger dog."


David R. Foster, chairman of the board of the Colgate-Palmolive Co., thinks that the men's pro golf tour events are becoming boring because of their sameness. He includes in this criticism the one his company will sponsor in late August, the Colgate-Hall of Fame Golf Classic at Pinehurst, N.C.

For this tournament, Foster had wanted to make it match play instead of the conventional stroke play. Phooey, said PGA Commissioner Dean Beman.

Undaunted, Foster says he'll spring another idea on Beman at Pinehurst—for next year. Foster wants four tournaments to be run concurrently—men pros, women pros (total prize money: $350,000), men amateurs, women amateurs. And he wants the playing groups to be mixed, so that Jack Nicklaus and Judy Rankin and an unknown amateur or two might play the final round together, although not competing against one another. "Golf," says Foster, "desperately needs something new."

Whether golf will agree that this is the something new it needs is questionable. Even Foster thinks the chances his idea will be accepted are only 50-50. He says: "Men pros don't like to play with women, especially women amateurs. But I think that if you're a pro, you would welcome the chance to prove yourself, not only over all types of courses but in all kinds of circumstances."


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