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Edited by Franz Lidz
April 08, 1985
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As Hines sees it, the race committee arbitrarily set up rules that exploited women for television glamour. "I was tricked," she says. "The Race Across America just romanced women cyclists to have them be part of ABC's cast of characters." Race officials have nevertheless invited Hines back for this year's competition. They've also divided the event into two divisions so that women will have their own champion.


Last week in Iowa City a jury awarded Jim Bain, a veteran Big Ten basketball official, $12,230 from a local couple who made and sold T shirts depicting him with a noose around his neck and bearing the words JIM BAIN FAN CLUB.

Three years ago Bain had called a charging foul on Iowa near the end of a game with Purdue. A Boilermaker made the free throw, which won the game. But replays indicated that Bain had blown the call. The Hawkeye coach at the time, Lute Olson, fumed that Bain and his crew "deserve to be in jail."

John and Karen Gillispie, owners of Hawkeye John's Trading Post in Iowa City, soon were selling T shirts with a puffy, red-nosed caricature of Bain, his neck encircled by a hangman's noose. Bain was pained. He got an injunction preventing the sale of more shirts and sued for invasion of privacy.

The Gillispies sued him back, claiming "referee malpractice." They alleged the foul had cost Hawkeye John's potential sales of Iowa memorabilia, but state courts dismissed their case. "It is bad enough when Iowa loses," said District Court Judge Ansel Chapman, "without transforming a loss into a litigation field day for Monday morning quarterbacks."

Bain had promised to quit officiating if he lost his suit. Though he hasn't worked a game in Iowa City since that call, he still hears cries of "Hang Jim Bain" around the conference. Of course, these fans may be jumping to conclusions. The Gillispies maintained that the likeness of Bain that graced their T shirts wasn't Bain hanging, just choking.

Passing time the other day, Dodger manager Tom Lasorda got to musing, for some reason, about what kind of salad ingredients some of his players would make. Herewith are Lasorda's fanciful conclusions: " Pedro Guerrero is the lettuce. Mike Marshall is the dressing. Mike Scioscia is the radish. Al Oliver is the anchovy. Ken Landreaux is the garlic." Lasorda's listeners chuckled politely, and the conversation rambled elsewhere. But when Landreaux heard he had been named the Designated Garlic, he complained to Lasorda that there was a bad odor to the whole thing. Lasorda, who is nothing if not flexible, cheerfully announced the next day that Landreaux had been shifted from the garlic position. He would now play the olive.


Richard Curry delivers his opinions hard but not especially fast. In the first inning of a contest to decide whether the Cubs can install lights at Wrigley Field, the Cook County circuit court judge took 89 days to retire the team, major league baseball and commissioner Peter Ueberroth in order. Curry refused to overturn state and local laws which ensure that the Cubs play their home games in the light of day.

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