The results were San Diego 23, Kansas City 7; Dallas 41, New York 21; St. Louis 16, Chicago 13; Oakland 16, Pittsburgh 7; Los Angeles 20, Philadelphia 0; Miami 19, San Francisco 15. This gave Sinatra four wins, a loss and a push. Making 65% against the spread is considered very good indeed; doing it his way was 15% better.
BLUES ON THE GREENS
The Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department is distressed. "People can walk onto some of our golf courses at 10 or 11 on a Saturday or Sunday morning and tee off," says Phil Jackson, director of golf for the county. "With no reservations, they used to have at least a two-hour wait."
A recent survey requested by department supervisor Kenneth Hahn determined that play on 10 of the county's 18 public courses had dropped by as much as 79,556 rounds in the first seven months of 1977 as compared to the same period in 1976, a decrease of 13.42%. The courses in question are in top shape, not badly affected by the drought. They are multimillion-dollar facilities, with concessionaires suffering proportional decreases in revenue, and the department is baffled. "We don't know why play is down," says Jim Okimoto, head of budget and management services. "We don't know whether golfers have transferred to tennis, racquetball or some other recreation or what."
One possible answer seemed to lie in the county's increase in greens fees; on Oct. 1 last year they went up a dollar a round. But Okimoto points out that course use was already down 7.9% before the hike. That may have accelerated the falloff, but is inadequate to explain it.
Not wanting to miss out on a possible national trend, SI checked around the U.S. Was play off precipitously in, for example, Dallas? In Baltimore? In Columbus, Ohio? Overland Park, Kans.? No, it turned out, Play was up.
So the defections, if any, are pretty much a Southern California phenomenon. Either that or golfers have been sneaking out of the state to play in Dallas, Baltimore, Columbus, Ohio and Overland Park, Kans.
Tickets go on sale throughout the Northwest this week for the first annual Kingbowl. This is the brainchild of Seattle promoter Michael Campbell, whose answer to the mud, rain and wind that ordinarily attend the Washington State high school football championships was to propose that all four games be played on a single Saturday in Seattle's Kingdome. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association went for it, and the schedule for Saturday, Dec. 3, is as follows:
B championship game 10 a.m.
A championship game 1 p.m.
AA championship game 4 p.m.
Pregame show 7 p.m.
AAA championship game 8 p.m.