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Gardner says that seven-power glasses, which provide sufficient magnification as well as a wide field of vision, are ideal for watching football. He adds, however, that more powerful lenses may be necessary for desired closeups of cheerleaders. For the well-rounded football-goer interested in the game and the cheerleaders, Gardner recommends a zoom lens that can alter magnification as needed—from, say, eight to 16 power.
After quitting last week as manager of the Chicago Cubs, Herman Franks discussed his former players in an interview with the Chicago Tribune's Dave Nightingale. Franks called slugger Dave Kingman "a little flaky," complained that Ted Size-more, who was sold to the Red Sox in August, "turned out to be more trouble than he was worth," and said of Catcher Barry Foote, "I just got sick and damned tired of his telling me 'how we did it on the Phillies.' " Of First Baseman Bill Buckner, Franks said, "He's nuts. He doesn't care about anything except getting a hit. All he cares about is Bill Buckner." And he called Outfielder Mike Vail a "constant whiner," adding, "He made me sick. I just got tired of being around him. There isn't enough money in the world to pay me to manage if I have to look at that face every day."
What was surprising about Franks' outburst was that he had seldom told writers anything worth quoting during his three years as the Cubs' manager. But at least he sometimes spoke to them—which brings up something else Franks complained about. He criticized several of the Cubs for snubbing writers, saying, "It's silly things like this that get you fed up." That's putting it mildly.
ESTABLISHING SOME RIGHTS
Judging by their popularity over the years with colleges, high schools and kids' teams, it might be assumed that such nicknames as the Eagles, Lions and Cardinals have long since settled into the public domain. The NFL reckons otherwise, an opinion its marketing arm, NFL Properties Inc., recently outlined in a letter to some of football's minor leagues, the 20-odd scattered and mostly struggling conferences that have no official association with the NFL.
NFL Properties asked that teams like the Frederick (Md.) Falcons and the Chambersburg (Pa.) Cardinals change their names and offered to aid in any such "transition," presumably by helping pay for new stationery, jerseys and the like. John Paul Reiner, an NFL attorney, explained that the intent was to end "confusion" over whether there was an official connection between NFL franchises and minor league clubs bearing the same nicknames. In Reiner's view the NFL had "established rights" to the names in question.
But the NFL may have stirred up a hornet's nest. Although most minor league clubs are shoestring operations, some have surprisingly proud traditions. They may also smell a chance for cash settlements with the NFL. At any rate, Jim Sears, owner of the 10-year-old Baltimore Eagles, says, "We're not changing our name." And the Ohio Football League politely informed the NFL that one of its teams, the Tuscarawas County Vikings, can trace its existence—and its nickname—back to the 1950s. NFL officials were surprised to learn that, and Reiner was saying last week in a conciliatory tone that he wanted to avoid a legal confrontation. As well he might. The NFL's Minnesota Vikings didn't come into existence until 1961.
THE 300-WIN CLUB
When 40-year-old Gaylord Perry, who had amassed 279 victories in his major league pitching career (with a 12-11 record in 1979), quit the San Diego Padres last month and demanded to be traded, it halted, at least temporarily, his drive to be the first pitcher to win 300 games since Early Wynn became the 14th to do so in 1963. In the ensuing 16 years the number of batters with 3,000 career hits has increased from eight to 15, Lou Brock and Carl Yastrzemski being the latest. So what's wrong with the pitchers?