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INSIDE SLANT
Rick Reilly
September 04, 1985
Opinionated observations on everything from underrated and overrated rivalries to seemly and unseemly stadiums to some dandy Daddy Warbuckses
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September 04, 1985

Inside Slant

Opinionated observations on everything from underrated and overrated rivalries to seemly and unseemly stadiums to some dandy Daddy Warbuckses

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IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE
At Cincinnati, running back Leonard Cry wound up with a large lump on his head this spring when a helmet slid off a shelf in the locker room and conked him. Cry was luckier than Wisconsin safety Robb Johnston, who underwent surgery in June to remove bone spurs in his left foot, only to find that the doctor had operated on his right. After the surgeon fixed Johnston's left foot, the patient laughed and said, "I got a two-for-one special."

WHY YOUR BOY SHOULD PLAY FOR ARIZONA'S LARRY SMITH

1) Any player celebrating a birthday on a Thursday gets to pick five people—coaches included—and let them have it with a cream pie.

2) Once, to help his team bounce back from a tough loss, Smith chartered a helicopter, flew over the practice field and dropped 125 tennis balls. Each player was told he had better come up with a ball, or else. Total retrieve took 15 seconds.

3) At the end of any rainy or muddy practice, players can grab the nearest available mudslinging sportswriter and roll him in the mire. This is what is called good, clean fun.

SEVEN GUYS YOU MAKE SURE GET A SEAT ON THE TEAM PLANE

1) Fred Anschutz, Kansas. A Denver millionaire, Anschutz gave $1.5 million to build the Jayhawks a sports pavilion, which included a 90-yard indoor practice facility.

2) Robert L. Rice, Utah. Ingratitude for his contributions, Utah renamed Ute Stadium, Rice Stadium. And well the school did. He kicked in $1 million to enlarge the place.

3) Al Davis, Syracuse. Helped pay for dressing rooms at the Carrier Dome. Has been known to dabble in pro football.

4) Palmer (Butch) Strickler, Wisconsin. A retired sausage maker, he grosses $200,000 each year at Butch's Badger Bologna Benefit. Outgives even Oscar Mayer, one of the Badgers' leading summer-job suppliers.

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