BAD NEWS EAGLES
The high school football team at Mayflower, which is a bit north of Little Rock, Ark., near the old Toad Suck Ferry, recently beat Cotton Plant, which is near Dixie and Little Dixie, 18-0. And to think that Gene King, the coach of the Mayflower Eagles, almost called Cotton Plant to forfeit because of a player shortage. "We added two players Friday, and we went on the field with 12," King says. "We had 11 men and one lady." The Mayflower lady, Anita Terrell, who weighs only 118 pounds, hadn't practiced much, but, says King, "When one of the boys got hurt she went in and played. She'll hit you. We had a girl before, but when she hit you it didn't hurt. This girl will hurt you."
TOO GOOD FOR HIS OWN GOOD
John Naber, the world-record backstroker, was in Grand Bahama for TV's Superstars, and he and four friends, three of them female, went for a boatride. A mile at sea, the battery went dead. Naber swam to a nearby craft for help, but its engine was blown. So he swam to shore, presumably not on his back. Said Naber, "I wish the other guy was the good swimmer so I could have stayed with the girls."
In England, the name of Don Revie has been one to revere. He is the Casey Stengel or Vince Lombardi of soccer, and perhaps you could place him even higher. Until 1974, when Revie became manager of England's national soccer team, he managed prestigious Leeds United, the dominant English team.
Suddenly, in July, Revie pulled a switch. Without notice, he threw in his England job and announced that henceforth, for a consideration of around $600,000, he would coach soccer in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Well now, certainly England has not been faring well in the World Cup preliminaries, and Revie has been heavily criticized for this. And while $600,000 can buy a lot of air-conditioning to cope with Dubai's summer temperature of 120�, still his departure did appear somewhat abrupt.
Until early this month, that is, when the London Daily Mirror announced that for four months it had been investigating what it called "a series of astonishing revelations." In short, the Mirror claimed Revie had tried to fix games while he was manager of Leeds.
The main allegation dates back five years, to an end-of-season game that Leeds had merely to tie to win the rarely achieved double of English soccer—the Knock-out Cup competition and the league title. That night, Leeds' opponent was the Wolverhampton Wanderers (the Wolves) and the Mirror alleges that the middleman in the attempted fix was a Mike O'Grady who had played on both teams in the past. As Revie's agent, O'Grady approached in particular a young Wolves defender with the resounding name of Bernard Shaw.
It was a bad choice. "They picked the wrong man," Shaw told the Mirror. "They forgot that I was brought up in Sheffield around the corner from Tony Kay...." (Kay was a player who went to jail in a soccer bribery case in 1964. His father committed suicide.) Like other members of the Wolves who had been sounded out, Shaw played the game of his life. His team won 2-1 and Leeds lost the double.
Day by day the Mirror has been adding similar cases to its Revie dossier. What they seem to have in common is the lack of success of the bribery attempts. The affidavits the paper has accumulated have, naturally enough, all come from players who righteously resisted temptation.