WORST INTERVIEW—1) Masters chairman Hord Hardin with '85 winner Bernhard Langer ( CBS). Opening question: "Well, Bernhard, do you pronounce your last name LANG-er or LONG-er?" Langer: "LONG-er." Hardin: "Long may you wave." 2) Pete Axthelm's fawning talk with Cosell on NBC's Great Communicators of Sports.
BEST COMMENTARY—Joe Garagiola ( NBC) for his season-long work on baseball. He has made a remarkable about-face from being loud, verbose and overbearing.
OUR FIRST MORE TRUTH, LESS FIBBING CITATION—To former outfielder Bobby Bonds for claiming in a beer commercial that he stole 681 bases in his 14-year career. The correct number is 461.
BEST INNOVATION—1) The field-level "pickoff camera" showing the base runner leading off first and the pitcher in the background ( Coyle, NBC); 2) The Corner Story, a videotape collage run after championship bouts that shows how the fighters' cornermen reacted between rounds ( Bob Levy, NBC).
Finally, a special SID SACCHARINE AWARD for the cloying way announcers sign off the air, thanking their capable cameramen, sharp-eyed spotters, hardworking stats crews and, of course, all the people in the truck.
So there we have them, the Heidis for '85. In closing, I'd like to thank my reporter, Nicholas Dawidoff, for the superb job he did providing the research for these awards; my editor, John Papanek, for his invaluable guidance; the men with the blue and red pencils for their wisdom; the gang in the copy department—nice catches, folks—and also the maid who comes by at 4 a.m. to clean the office.