DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE Award—To Roone Arledge, promoted to head up both sports and news at ABC, which means that we can hear plugs for the news on sports as well as plugs for sports on the news.
HI, MOM Award—To Reggie Jackson, for happily miming the words into the camera after each of his three homers in the final game of the World Series.
'LO, MOM—To every mother everywhere for suffering those endless sideline shots showing Gloria Connors watching son Jimmy play.
THANKS FOR THE USE OF THE HALL Award—To the Houston Astrodome for lending itself to the movie Murder at the World Series ( ABC), in which a pitcher's wife is kidnapped; to Sun Valley for lending its slopes to The Deadly Triangle ( NBC), in which an aspiring Olympian is murdered while training for the biathlon; the Los Angeles Forum for The Deadliest Season ( CBS), in which one hockey player injures another with his stick; and the Superdome in New Orleans for functioning as the final resting place of The Savage Bees ( NBC) after they had stung just about the whole world to death.
EQUAL RIGHTS—When do they televise the 14-year-old male gymnasts?
BRENT, WHY ARE YOU CRYING?—A special award to Billy Cunningham, now the coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, who was the NBA analyst for CBS when he carried on the following conversation with announcer Brent Musburger:
Brent: Billy, how hard is it to play with two great offensive forwards like George McGinnis and Julius Erving?
Billy: The big problem is that both of them need the ball to score. When Doug Collins is in the game it's better because he doesn't need the ball to score.