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BEST COVERAGE—The Summer Olympics (ABC), 180 hours that lived up to the hype. Cameramen on motorcycles, on catamarans and underwater. Shots so close you could see the designs on Florence Griffith's fingernails.
THE FIRST AND, WE HOPE, LAST BAD LANGUAGE AWARD—Both John McEnroe and Bernie Kosar uttered the word on the sidelines of CBS telecasts. Totally uncivilized. The worst thing Heidi ever said was "Du liebe Zeit!"
BEST REPLAYS—1) Nebraska's "Fumblerooski" deception in the Orange Bowl (George Finkel, NBC). 2) Myrella Moses hiding her face in her hands as her husband, Edwin, ran the high hurdles at L.A. (Chuck Howard, ABC).
THE NEW LET'S PRETEND AWARD—To John Denver for lip-synching his way through the Winter Games (ABC).
BEST EDITED TELECAST—The Paris-Roubaix bicycle race in July ( CBS). Producer David Michaels (Al's kid brother) caught the race's flavor and told us something important about the value of perseverance.
HEIDI NURSERY SCHOOL PRIZE—Jim Wacker for his TCU coach's show. Wacker has his players count the score in the locker room after each game. Example: "How many points did we get today, guys?" "Twenty-seven," the players will answer. Then they count to 27.
BEST COMMENTARY—Marty Liquori (ABC). When Gabriela Andersen-Schiess staggered home in the Olympic women's marathon, he correctly called for someone to come to her aid. He also was honest enough to change his earlier opinion and absolve Zola Budd of blame in the Mary Decker tripping incident.