Of course, Webster's reasoning is a little self-serving. With Bol obstructing the basket, Bridgeport was 26-6 and won a conference championship. But most NBA scouts aren't that high on his chances. Marty Blake, the league's head scout, figures Bol's about 50 pounds shy of holding his own against the likes of Moses Malone. Another who doesn't think Bol quite sizes up is Arn Tellem, vice-president of the Los Angeles Clippers. His team picked Bol sight unseen in the fifth round of the 1983 draft. This go-round, Tellem says he'd sooner pick Andre the Giant. "Of course," he adds, "if the rule book is ever rewritten to allow goaltending, we might reconsider."
HIT OR MISS
Bases loaded, his team trailing Ohio's Colerain High 2-0, Gary Hood stepped gingerly into the batter's box. Nobody expected much. After all, the Princeton High junior had struck out to end the previous game and had fanned once already in this one. Whiffing seemed second nature to Hood, who was hitting .000 with seven K's in eight at bats.
He vented his frustration on a fastball, walloping it over the Colerain centerfielder's head to the parking-lot fence. Racing home well ahead of the throw, Hood whipped off his helmet triumphantly just before crossing the plate. Sadly, this gleeful act violated the Ohio high school rule requiring base runners to wear their helmets during play. Hood was called out. He was credited with a triple and three RBIs—including the game-winner in the Vikings' 8-2 win. Only with the victory secured did Hood, in his last time up in the game, allow himself the luxury of an eighth strikeout.
SMART MOVE, ASTROS
The Houston Astros have wisely chosen not to identify their new Class-A farm team in Kissimmee, Fla. too closely with that town. They're calling the club the Osceola [County] Astros instead of the Kissimmee Astros.
JUDGMENT AT HIALEAH
Two weeks ago Chief's Crown, last year's 2-year-old champion, beat Proud Truth by a length to win the Flamingo Stakes at Hialeah. But after viewing tapes of the stretch run, track stewards ruled that, appearances to the contrary. Chief's Crown had drifted into Proud Truth's path. The order of finish of the two horses was reversed. Last week, after an appeal, the outcome was reversed again, and Chief's Crown was reinstated as the winner.
Appeals were filed by Andrew Rosen's Star Crown Stable, owner of Chief's Crown, and Henryk de Kwiatkowski, owner of Stephan's Odyssey, who came in third at the Flamingo. De Kwiatkowski claimed Proud Truth had fouled his colt and should have been placed third, not first. Agreeing to a review, Robert Rosenberg, who heads pari-mutuel racing in Florida, appointed three retired stewards to hear testimony and look at films of the race. They concluded that Chief's Crown had been clear of Proud Truth and thus was the rightful winner.
The panel's ruling was the correct one, but it sets quite a dubious precedent. Not long ago race stewards in Florida had sovereign authority over protests. Now the gates appear to be open for appeals, and the state may have to endure the pleas of many other disgruntled owners.
Let's just hope they don't emulate the conduct of de Kwiatkowski, who had made a boorish spectacle of himself after the disputed race by flying off into a fist-shaking tantrum, rushing into the stewards' stand and screaming at them. As if to prove that not all owners are tiresome blowhards, John W. Galbreath, owner of Proud Truth, went along with the review, knowing it could lead to a reversal. If justice was ultimately served, at Galbreath's expense, so too was sportsmanship, to his credit.