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Edited by Jerry Kirshenbaum
September 05, 1983
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September 05, 1983


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Bloomington ( Ind.) North High School's football team went into its season opener against Indianapolis Washington two weeks ago with an improbable pair of losing streaks: The Cougars had lost not only 21 straight games but also, amazingly, every pregame coin toss over the same span. North proceeded to lose its 22nd straight game, 58-0, the worst defeat in the school's history, but not before finally winning a coin flip. Which goes to show, we suppose, that it's a whole lot easier to change one's luck than one's skill.

Edwin Moses last week regained the distinction of being the only track and field athlete to have the top performance in his specialty for each day of the week. That's the word from Jed Brickner, a Los Angeles lawyer who keeps tabs on performances in the sport on the basis of the days on which they're set (SCORECARD, March 10, 1980, et seq.). Moses' world record in the 400-meter hurdles of 47.13 was set on July 3, 1980—a Thursday—and he also has the "records" for Sunday (47.43), Monday (47.90), Tuesday (47.14), Friday (47.17) and Saturday (47.45). Until last week, though, Moses' best for a Wednesday had been a 47.64, a shade slower than the 47.48 that West Germany's Harald Schmid clocked on Sept. 8, 1982. But as Brickner notes, Moses' time of 47.37 in Zurich last Wednesday eclipsed Schmid's mark and restores the American's mantle as the sport's only "seven-day wonder."


As a general rule, winning teams benefit more than losing teams from ticket and concession sales and TV revenues. Now comes Paul Mooney, president of both the Boston Bruins and the Boston Garden, to say that winning teams also save money in vandalism costs. Totting up losses from damage to the Garden after Bruin and Celtic games, including signs torn off walls, toilets plugged up by foreign objects and the like, Mooney estimates that the cost of vandalism after a win typically amounts to about $500 while the cost after losses soars to $5,000. After a Bruin tie, the bill, Mooney said, comes to $800 to $900.

"When the Bruins or Celtics lose a game in which there are high expectations the other way, the building bears the brunt of fan dissatisfaction," Mooney says. "A game between the Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers, for instance, would have a higher intensity than one between the Bruins and the Los Angeles Kings. When there's a higher expectation level and the game winds up a disappointment, there's a higher level of damage to the building."

Mooney says there's little difference between Celtic and Bruin games in the amount of damage but that the night of the week can make a difference. "A Sunday night audience is far more sedate generally than a Friday night audience," he says. "On Sunday the fans are intent on getting ready to start the work week the next day. On a Friday, in contrast, it's the start of a weekend, and the fans whoop it up more."


Seattle Seahawk Quarterback Jim Zorn is a product of Cal Poly-Pomona, which dropped football a year ago. Backup Quarterback Dave Krieg comes from Milton ( Wis.) College, which didn't just drop football; last year the whole school went out of business. And rookie Steve Wray, who made the Seahawks as the third signal-caller, played at Franklin ( Ind.) College, which belongs to the Heartland Conference and has a 600-member student body.

Who says you have to go to a big-time football school to make it as an NFL quarterback?


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