Fixx, who did not plan to run in the race because of a pulled muscle, is baffled by the furor. "They quoted me as if I'm against sugar," he says. "I'm not against sugar at all. I had the biggest piece of chocolate cake that you ever saw at dinner last night. Carbohydrates, including sugar, are the main source of energy for endurance running. But you don't draw upon it until 12 to 18 hours after you eat it. A lot of runners eat sugar, including Bill Rodgers, the best in the world."
Furthermore, adds Fixx, Quaker Oats does not pay him for running, but for endorsements and hosting. An AAU member for the last decade, Fixx says he is breaking no rules because he is capitalizing on his reputation as an author, not on his ability as a runner. "A close friend tells me I have no running ability," says Fixx. "I'm lucky to break 40 minutes for 10,000 meters, and that's terrible."
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Frank Merriwell would be aghast. Dear old Yale is beset by budget problems, and Frank Ryan, the ex- Cleveland Brown quarterback who became athletic director little more than a year ago, is trimming the sports program. One of the most extensive in the country, the varsity program has 32 full-time coaches and numerous part-timers, and Ryan would like to have more of the latter. Recently Ryan told Don Tonry, who has served 16 years as the men's gymnastics coach, that he would become a part-timer next year. Tonry decided that Ryan couldn't do that without notice. He took his case to a university grievance committee and won.
Temporarily, it turned out. Within the week, Associate Provost Radley H. Daly overruled the committee. The Yale Daily News, which had chided Ryan for tightening up on the athletic department "even if morale suffers," noted in an editorial, "A part-time job is an empty offer to a person who must earn a living. Ryan and Daly should find full-time work for Tonry in the athletic department, for which his skills are best suited."
Undergraduate and graduate students on the Users Committee on Athletics, which presented Ryan with a petition signed by more than 1,200 students demanding fair treatment for Tonry, have been meeting with the athletic director to discuss the case and other issues, such as the possible dismissal of Judo Coach Insoo Hwang, the lack of a baseball coach, and sports priorities. The issues have yet to be resolved, but Lisa Hamlin, '80, acting committee head, says of Ryan, "I think he is finally realizing the importance of consulting more people in his decision-making process, people who are close to the issues, such as students and coaches."
What cities have the most knowledgeable baseball fans? What city has the most unfriendly football fans? Bob McMahon of Ridley Park, Pa., a former economics professor turned stockbroker, polled 172 professional baseball, football, hockey and basketball players to find the answers to these and other questions. The players included Pete Rose, Mark Fidrych, Julius Erving, Dave Cowens, Fran Tarkenton, O. J. Simpson, Brad Park and Pete Mahovlich. The envelopes, please.
In the National League, Philadelphia was voted as having both the most enthusiastic and the most unfriendly fans, while Chicago fans were considered most knowledgeable. In the American League, Boston had the most enthusiastic fans, while New York had both the most knowledgeable and the most unfriendly.
In the NFL, Denver had by far the most enthusiastic fans, Dallas the most knowledgeable and Oakland the most unfriendly. In the NBA, Portland had the most enthusiastic fans, New York the most knowledgeable and San Antonio the most unfriendly.