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Speaking of soccer violence, British Rail recently ran a special train to carry people away from London during Britain's own Cup Final in Wembley Stadium. Four hundred non-fans went on a 480-mile round trip between London and a remote Yorkshire hamlet, with the excursion taking up 23 hours of circuitous travel on little-used tracks. British Rail billed the trip as "the perfect antidote to the Cup Final in that the train leaves before the morning papers are delivered and gets back after the television has closed down."
The passengers included a honeymoon bride whose husband stayed behind to watch the game, an ex-referee, a group of busmen who had been roughed up by soccer hooligans and a soccer hooligan who had been released from jail the previous day and who was observed in his compartment quietly reading a book called The Gentlemanly Art of Cricket.
So might run a job-wanted ad placed by the Olympic Job Opportunity Program organized by Howard C. Miller, the go-getter president of the Canteen Corporation and the U.S. Olympic Committee. After watching Soviet, East German and other state-subsidized athletes excel in the 1976 Olympics, Miller wondered why U.S. business couldn't do its share by hiring Olympic hopefuls as full-time employees, but giving them paid time off to train and participate in qualifying meets, as well as in the Games if they made them. He put the idea to the USOC, and the job program came into being.
The USOC approves all genuine applicants and then forwards their applications, giving educational background and type of job desired, to Canteen, where the job seekers are matched up with a job provided by an interested company. So far, 23 companies, including Montgomery Ward, Samsonite, Hilton International, Wilson Sporting Goods and the Continental Bank of Chicago, have hired 23 prospective Olympians full time, and by 1980 about 150 are expected to have been placed. As yet, however, no athlete seeking a job in California has found one. Besides shotputter Seidler, at least eight other athletes are looking. Interested companies should get in touch with Hal Berge at Canteen: 312-751-7676.
THE SHORT END
Carle Jackson, the voice of reason on the Maryland Thoroughbred Racing Commission, has resigned. In his record 19 years on the board, Jackson steadfastly voted against the use of the medication phenylbutazone, or Bute, and fought for aid to horsemen and tracks. "I simply feel frustrated," says Jackson. " Maryland racing is in very bad shape, and nobody is doing anything about it. I can't live with this kind of thing. The breeders need help, some of the tracks need help, but they can't get anyplace with Annapolis [the General Assembly]. It looks like nothing is ever going to be done in the way of relief. Nor is anything going to be done on this medication thing that has gotten out of hand."
A horseman himself, Jackson was irked by the legislature's recent passage of a bill to raise purses more than $20,000 a day starting next month by increasing the percentage of the takeout. "The purse raise was needed, so on that account the bill was fine," he says, "but all the money is coming out of the pockets of the public, the bettors. The fans seem to get the short end every time."