Miami and Notre Dame are expected to receive about $200,000 each for their Mirage Bowl appearances, and perhaps as much as $250,000 more per school from television rights. Naturally, all expenses will be paid, and those will run high in a land where a cup of coffee costs $1.25 and a Coke $1.
Japan's sports boom continues merrily on; the initiation fee at Koganei Club, one of the country's top golf courses, now runs to $175,000, and greens and caddie fees at others are as high as $80.
Recently the Cincinnati Reds played 17 games in Japan before an average of 32,000 spectators so Notre Dame playing in Tokyo certainly seems to make sense. Lou Saban, the coach at Miami, says, "It's a great trip and an opportunity for our kids to see parts of the world they'll probably never see again. It is also a kind of status symbol and will certainly help our recruiting." Football fans should prepare themselves for a wildcard team from Japan making it into the NFL playoffs. Probably call itself the Kamikaze Pilots.
BELIEVE IN WORMS
Until two weeks ago Texas and Baylor had met 61 times in college football, with Texas winning 44 games. Ah, but their 62nd meeting will become the stuff of legend. Texas entered the game with a 7-2 record; Baylor was 2-8 but seemingly snake-bitten, having lost its first five games to Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio State, Houston and SMU by a total of 21 points. Oddsmakers established Texas a 12�-point favorite. But in one of 1978's biggest upsets, Baylor won 38-14.
A strange story has now been unearthed about Baylor's win. Coach Grant Teaff, whose autobiography is titled I Believe, started his game day by driving around Waco searching for a worm. He finally located some in a bait store and "chose one about half as big around as my little finger and four or five inches long." Teaff "washed the worm up real good, then put the worm in a vase and put the vase in my pocket." During warmups Teaff looked into the vase, and discovered "the rascal died on me."
Five minutes before Baylor took the field, Teaff told his players a story about two men fishing. One was catching a lot of fish, the other none. Why? Well, the good fisherman explained to his buddy, "I keep the worms warm in my mouth."
Teaff then pulled the worm from the vase and held it up before his players, saying, "I'll be the toughest coach on the field! I'll be keeping the worm warm!" With that he put the worm in his mouth. His team raced onto the field. Before arriving at the sidelines himself, Teaff spat the dead worm out.
Thus far Teaff has not indicated that he will use his worm trick next season, but should he decide to do so, somebody in the English department might remind him of William Spooner's reason for expelling a student: "You have deliberately tasted two worms...and you can leave Oxford by the next town drain."
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