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Edited by Jerry Kirshenbaum
September 28, 1981
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September 28, 1981


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Claiborne: "Well, Rodney, we get respect with seven bowls in eight seasons, national rankings...."

Dangerfield: "Jerry, move it along, will ya? I hope your guys run faster than you talk."

Maryland athletic officials think the Dangerfield ads will pay for themselves in two or three years. This year, at least partly because of the new campaign, Maryland sold 1,000 more season football tickets—at up to $50 each—than in 1980, and big things are expected from a new 30-second spot in which Dangerfield's foil is the Terps' baldish, garrulous basketball coach, Lefty Driesell.

Driesell: "We're sold out of season tickets. But we got tickets to St. Peter's, LIU, Ohio U., George Mason...."

Dangerfield (in basketball shorts and wearing a tie over a Maryland T shirt): "Hey, don't you ever stop for a comma? Hey, by the way, you need a new center? How about using me on the team?"

Driesell (throwing Dangerfield a bunch of used towels): "Sure. Have these back by game time."

Dangerfield: "Very funny. And where do you get those haircuts with the hole in the middle?"


Back in July at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, a 2-year-old filly named Savilla Lobell, the favorite, was disqualified after finishing first in the $700,000 Sweetheart Pace. Another driver objected that Savilla Lobell had moved in and collided with his horse, Belanda Hanover, throwing her off stride and causing her to finish last. After examining patrol films of the race, the track judges upheld the complaint, stripped Savilla Lobell of victory and awarded the winning purse of $350,000 to runner-up Willow Bust.

So far, a routine racetrack story. Objections are common at the races, and disqualifications are hardly rare. But Savilla Lobell's owners were convinced that driver John Kopas hadn't let her interfere with Belanda Hanover, no matter what the films showed. Their lawyer, Ralph J. Pocaro, appealed to the New Jersey Racing Commission.

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