A typical entry might read: "3:40—Smith, 20-foot jumper; left of key. 51-49."
But the running account of the Long Beach State vs. Cal State-Fullerton game has set a new standard by including this comment: "16:05—[Coach] Bobby Dye took off his coat."
TIME AND A HALF
The Continental Basketball Association falls far short of the NBA in all respects except all-star games. In contrast to the NBA game played Sunday in Detroit, last month's CBA contest may have been the longest all-star game in professional sports history.
The game matched the Rochester Zeniths against an all-star squad from the CBA's seven other teams. At the half, with the score 68-59 Rochester, a power failure halted play. The next day the game was continued, but although the two teams picked up where they had left off, at least insofar as the score was concerned, they decided to play a full regulation game, or four 12-minute quarters. This they managed without incident, the Zeniths winning the six-quarter affair 182-168. Rochester's Andre McCarter, who had 42 points, 25 assists and seven steals, was the game's MVP; Ron Davis led the All-Stars with 47 points.
RELIEF IN SIGHT
Even though the Chicago White Sox no longer schedule Ladies' Days, owner Bill Veeck says that women are coming to the ball park in greater numbers than ever. Thirty-six percent of the million and a half fans attending Comiskey Park last year were women. "Not only that," says Veeck, "we've found that they drink beer." As a consequence, Veeck has announced the opening of a new ladies' room behind the leftfield stands.
THAT OLD GANG OF MINE
The United States Golf Association runs 10 national championships each year. Eight of them are for amateurs only; two, the U.S. men's and women's Opens, are "open" to anybody who is good enough to qualify, which means mostly pros. Now the USGA has decided to add one more open championship to its schedule beginning in 1980: a senior open, a national championship for senior golfers, both pro and amateur, men and women, who have reached the age of 55. The prize money for the pros has been set at $100,000, and a handicap of eight or lower will be required of the amateurs.
A USGA Senior Amateur has existed since 1955, and for 34 years there has been a PGA Senior championship, which Sam Snead has won six times. But the new event could eventually bring together many golfers who have had parallel careers but rarely have played together. For instance, Lew Oehmig, 62, the 1976 Senior Amateur champion, has never played in the same field with Snead, 66. Arnold Palmer, who turns 50 this year, will be eligible in 1985, while Snead, Tommy Bolt, Julius Boros, Art Wall and others qualify right away. Most notable among the amateurs is Bill Campbell, the 55-year-old Huntington, W. Va. insurance broker who won the 1964 U.S. Amateur, played on eight Walker Cup teams with a singles match record of 7-0-1, and has played in 15 U.S. Opens and 18 Masters tournaments.
With a great old course to play it on—say Pine Valley or Shinnecock Hills—and proper TV attention, both of which the USGA can provide, the Senior Open should be a winner going in.