DUMPING IRON Award—To Trans World International and CBS for the hokiest piece of trashsport so far, The World's Strongest Men, which included tire-throwing, refrigerator-carrying and girl-lifting events.
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE—Buzz Ringe of NFL films, who must produce a 24-minute highlight show about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who scored nine touchdowns in 52 quarters of play.
PERFECT MARRIAGE OF FILM AND MUSIC Award—To CBS and NFL Today for showing film clips of Walter Payton's outstanding runs while Carly Simon sang Nobody Does It Better.
LET ME MAKE ONE THING PERFECTLY CLEAR Award—To Lindsey Nelson of CBS for the best question yet about football played on artificial surfaces in bad weather: "What happens if you run a deep pattern and collide with the sweeper?"
MAY WE PLAY THROUGH Award—To CBS, for cutting away from the decisive NBA championship game without interviewing the Portland Trail Blazers, so that the world could hear sponsor James S. Kemper Jr. extol the virtues of his Kemper Open.
ONE MORE TIME AND I'LL SCREAM Award—To the theme music from Rocky and Star Wars; Bruce Jenner; the fighting Spinks brothers; "almost blocked, almost caught, almost intercepted"; the Goodyear blimp; Don King's tuxedoes; Don King's trick hair; Don King; "the Jugs Radar Speed Gun timed that pitch at 90.2 miles per hour"; Jimmy the Greek; NCAA promos for the NCAA; "a nose for the ball"; Heywood Hale Broun's madras jacket; Heywood Hale Broun's other jackets; the "gusto" commercials; "there's time-out down on the field"; and Howard Cosell's didactic and dilatory dissertations on the old Brooklyn Dodgers.
LEGGETT'S TOP TEN (ranked by personal preference)—Final game of National League baseball playoffs ( NBC) for knowledge of performers, use of stats, sharp replays and excellent camera work showing that the game should have been postponed because of rain; the Muhammad Ali-Alfredo Evangelista fight ( ABC) because Howard Cosell broke accepted announcing rules by calling the bout a farce before, during and after the telecast that his network paid a reported $3 million to carry; the NCAA basketball championship ( NBC) for capturing the drama of Marquette Coach Al McGuire's final game; Mixed Team Golf ( CBS) for bringing us the joys, frustrations and talents of male-female players without hype; CBS Reports: The Baseball Business for a documentary focusing on Yankee owner George Steinbrenner's attempt to win the world championship; MacNeil/Lehrer Report (PBS) for carefully examining the U.S. soccer boom; Michigan-Ohio State football game ( ABC), with full marks to producer Chuck Howard and announcer Keith Jackson for showing restraint when Woody Hayes attacked cameraman Mike Freedman on the sidelines; To the Top of the World: Assault on Mount Everest ( CBS); Something for Joey ( CBS), a made-for-TV film that brought out the compassion of former Penn State star John Cappelletti; Monday Night Football ( ABC) for the Miami-Baltimore game during which announcers were nicely subdued, the camera work was splendid and no dancing bears appeared in the broadcast booth at half-time.
HANG IN THERE Award—To Bud Greenspan of Cappy Productions, whose The Glory of Their Times was well received on PBS. The commercial networks had rejected the show for seven years.
THE ODD COUPLING—Ed Ames and Frankie Laine vs. Joe Campanella and Rose Marie on Celebrity Bowling.
FOR WHOM THE BELLE TOILS—Though other networks were asking after her at contract time, Phyllis George (NFL Today) decided to stay with CBS, which sweetened the pot with the promise that soon she will be able to expand from sports into other roles, probably dramatic, a la Don Meredith and O.J. Simpson.