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Besides preventing costly and game-delaying damage to rims and backboards, the devices are credited by some enthusiasts with improving play. Possibly because it contains more metal than a standard goal, and thus is less likely to vibrate ("If you want a better hamburger, you put more meat in it," says one of the inventors, Ken Mahoney), the Toss Back goal may contribute to more accurate shooting, or so Mauro Panaggio, coach of the CBA-champion Rochester Zeniths, believes. "It seemed that more of the missed shots that hit the rim ended up falling, because the rebound didn't come off as abruptly," he says.
Panaggio also likes the fact that the Snap Back goal has done away with the two braces found on either side of a conventional rim. "Their elimination allows for extra concentration," he says. "Some of my players felt the [Snap-Back] rim stood out more and was easier to shoot at." As for the Slam-Dunk goal, it stays an unusually bright orange, thanks to a newfangled technique by which a flake-resistant paint is electrically applied and sealed by heat. The durable, bright hue supposedly provides a more riveting target for shooters, which may or may not explain why six of the Pac-10 teams improved their field-goal percentage last season over the year before.
In any case, Joe Axelson, the NBA's director of operations, is hoping that the term "collapsible" soon will be pass�. Perhaps because the word sounds slightly ominous, Axelson prefers this mouthful: "Pressure-release safety rim."
IF THE SHOE FITS
Everyone complains about the high cost of running a football program, but Baylor Coach Grant Teaff has done something about it. Teaff has two promising freshman kickers on his squad, Marty Jimmerson from Houston and Ben Perry from Texas City. Both kick barefooted, Jimmerson from the right side, Perry from the left. Both wear the same size 10 football shoe.
"I think this shows prudent planning and foresight in our recruiting," says Teaff, tongue firmly planted in cheek. "Finances are critical these days in college athletics. Football shoes, for instance, cost $45 a pair. But here we have two kickers, and we can get by with one pair of shoes for both."
OFF YOUR MARKS
Hold it, hold it! Put your running shoes back in the closet and forget about the trip to Allentown, Pa.—Jack Large has had second thoughts. If you remember, Jack was planning to raffle off his $65,000 house in a complex 13.1-mile half-marathon he was going to stage in Allen-town on Oct. 4 (SCORECARD, Aug. 3). He anticipated maybe 9,000 entries at $25 apiece for a gross of $225,000, from which he'd take the purchase price of the house, with the rest of the bread going for lesser prizes and the expense of promoting the affair.
Well, it's all off. The "Run for Home" has been canceled. There were simply too many problems, not just with Pennsylvania law governing lotteries, but with the intricacies of handicapping the race. The downcast promoter declined to say how much money he'd have to return to eager early entrants or how much the project had cost him already. "I don't want to think about that," he said sadly. "It's just such a disappointment that we have to do this."
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