THE BRIDESMAID GETS THE RING
One can only grimace at the folly of NASCAR's Winston Cup point system, which purports to determine the year's top stock-car driver. The problem is that the system favors those who most often place in races, not those who actually win. Clearly, this year's No. 1 driver was Bill Elliott, winner of a record 11 super-speedway races and more than $2 million (SI, Sept. 9). Yet Elliott finished second in Winston Cup points behind Darrell Waltrip, who won three races all year but, because of a lot of strong also-ran finishes, was able to take the point title by placing seventh in Sunday's season-ending Western 500 in Riverside, Calif. Elliott, who had gearshift trouble at Riverside, finished 31st.
"I still think it's a bad system," said Waltrip, who also won the points title in 1981 and '82. "I'd be hypocritical if I said I liked it now. I've expressed my feelings for six years now, and nothing has been done about changing it."
NASCAR, are you listening?
IF THEY COULD ONLY PLAY LIKE THEY WEIGH
The Refrigerator's going to have to make room—if that's possible—for a host of other major appliances currently on display in the nation's high schools. At Crenshaw High in Los Angeles a warehouse of William Perry weigh-alikes lined up before last Friday's season-ender, a 19-13 win over Fremont. Moving clockwise from bottom are Anthony Usher (6 feet, 320 pounds), Francis Hines (5'11", 316), Mike Grimble (6'2", 320), Patrick Jackson (6'3", 305) and Larry Netherly (6'3", 350), tackles all. For all its tonnage, Crenshaw was light on wins this season—only two in nine games—but another team 2,000 miles away proved that thinking big can lead to winning big. The twin tackles for Albion ( N.Y.) High's jayvees are Jim Smith (6'1", 303) and Kevin O'Shaughnessy (6 feet, 301). They helped their team to an 8-0 record and a 348-44 scoring edge. So dominant was Albion that in its last two games coach Gary Manella called for a stall. After building a large lead in each game, he inserted a Perry-inspired "T-bone backfield" of O'Shaughnessy and Smith to slow things down.