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SHAKE-UP IN THE TEMPLE
Teddy Brenner, matchmaker at Madison Square Garden for the last 20 years, has gotten the bounce from Garden chairman Sonny Werblin. Brenner's position became shaky two months ago after Werblin arranged for Don King to co-promote fights at the Garden. King and Brenner have been rivals, and after a recent riot at the Garden, Brenner was quoted as saying he would not be surprised if King had arranged for fans to throw bottles to make him look bad.
Werblin has named fight manager Gil Clancy as matchmaker, but Brenner has no doubt that King is really in charge. Says Teddy, " King's ambition has always been to get into the temple of boxing so he could be the high priest."
Let's hear it for pollution, which has its centennial this month. Exactly 100 years ago, the Spirit of the Times, a prominent publication of the day, noted, "Like rumbling sounds of distant thunder, an occasional report came to the office of the Spirit, to inform us that the gas factories were ruining the quality of eels and bottom-biting fish throughout the East River. But as the great body of anglers made no complaint, we made no note of the subject. But within the past year a more serious injury to the fishery around Manhattan has presented itself, the waters having become impregnated by the refuse from the kerosene refining factories to such an offensive degree, as to have not only deteriorated all bottom-feeding fishes, but the striped bass as well have become so permeated by the offensive refuse as to be unfit for the table. This is a great damage, for there are many who made bass fishing near New York their only recreation."
To be precise, the Spirit of the Times' story appeared on Sept. 28, 1878, but we thought fishermen might like to know ahead of time so they can get ready to celebrate the big day.
Workaholic George Allen is now working NFL games on CBS, but on the first day of the season the recently fired Ram coach spent his first game day with his family since he began coaching in 1948. SI correspondent Jack Tobin, who dropped by the Allen home overlooking the Pacific in Palos Verdes, reports on this unique occurrence: