As for the appropriateness of their trafficking in a commodity used as an aphrodisiac, the Boy Scouts and their leaders apparently find comfort in the fact that elk antlers are also reputed to be rich in iron and various vitamins. Whatever, the Boy Scouts have already harvested this year's crop in preparation for the auction on May 17, during which they hope to take in $60,000. Says the mother of one Scout, "It beats selling Girl Scout cookies."
DIAL SWITCHERS' DILEMMA
As expected, Boston Marathon officials last week nullified Rosie Ruiz' disputed victory in the women's division of that race, naming runner-up Jacqueline Gareau as the winner. Two days earlier taped highlights of the marathon, a race Ruiz is accused of sneaking into just half a mile from the finish line, were shown during a one-hour TV special on San Francisco's Channel 9. At precisely the same time Bay Area viewers could watch, on Channel 36, a 1968 movie about an eccentric millionairess who did her road racing in a Ferrari in everyday city traffic while attired in helmet and goggles and whose children were plotting to have her declared insane. The movie, which had been scheduled for that time slot long before the Ruiz controversy, starred Rosalind Russell and was called Rosie!
ABRUPT & BIZARRE
Rosie Ruiz isn't the only one accused of trying to rig a sports event. In Miami Beach Kenneth Harper, a 19-year-old welterweight, claims that before his professional debut on April 15, his manager changed Harper's name to Jimmy Clark in the pre-fight publicity, altered his amateur record—from 4-5 to 13-2—and asked him to lose to his opponent, Rocky Scarfone, explaining that Scarfone was "a ticket seller."
Harper leveled his accusations against his manager, Emmet Sullivan, after a fight that ended abruptly and bizarrely. Notwithstanding his claim that Sullivan had instructed him to lose, Harper broke Scarfone's nose and cut his mouth in the first two rounds. This made it all the more startling when the ringside doctor, Robert LaVey, entering the ring to examine the battered Scarfone at the end of the second round, suddenly detoured and examined Harper instead. The doctor found that two of Harper's teeth had been broken and the fight was stopped, resulting in a TKO for Scarfone.
LaVey said that Sullivan had called him over to look at Harper's broken teeth, whereupon, "The kid quit. He asked me to stop it. He told me, 'I got enough. I don't want no more.' " But Harper said, "Why would I say anything like that? I would have had the guy in the next round." He insisted that the fight had been stopped against his will.
Although he admitted changing Harper's name and amateur record, Sullivan denied asking him to lose. The promoter of the fight, Chris Dundee, who virtually runs boxing in Miami Beach, also disclaimed knowledge of any such request. Dan Roth, chairman of the Miami Beach Boxing Commission, said last week he didn't plan to investigate Harper's allegations, which had been prominently carried in The Miami News. "There's nothing for us to investigate," Roth said. "It was just a newspaper story. You read all kinds of stories."
A SLIGHT CHILL
While pushing successfully for a U.S. boycott of the Moscow Olympics, President Carter stopped well short of opposing all sporting contacts with the Soviet Union. As a result, not only were Soviet athletes allowed to compete in the Winter Games in Lake Placid, but a number of other competitions with the U.S.S.R. have also taken place as scheduled. Last week the Soviet junior basketball team began a nine-game U.S. tour and four Soviet athletes competed in The Lite Invitational track meet in Houston. Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau has followed a tack similar to Carter's. Although supporting an Olympic boycott, he says, "We are not condemning all contacts with Russian athletes.... We are condemning the Moscow Games."
Nevertheless, the campaign aimed at the Moscow Olympics appears to be creating a boycott mentality that's spreading a chill through international sport. Despite the distinctions Trudeau tried to draw, the Canadian Olympic Association made it clear when it voted two weeks ago to boycott the Moscow Games that it considered it grossly unfair that Canada's amateur athletes were asked to make such a sacrifice even as their country was preparing to welcome a Soviet team to compete in the Canada Cup, a six-nation hockey tournament scheduled to be held in several Canadian cities next September. Many NHL players, from whose ranks Canada's team in the tournament was to be selected, agreed, and last week the 1980 Canada Cup was canceled.