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HE LOOKED LIKE A GALLOPING GHOST
Dave Butz, the Washington Redskins' 6'7", 295-pound defensive tackle, is one of those NFL hulks who are more accustomed to sitting on folks than running with the ball, but on Oct. 11, during a 24-7 victory over the Chicago Bears that put the Redskins into the win column after five straight defeats, Butz got a rare chance to make like O.J. The big moment came after he intercepted a Vince Evans, pass on the Bears' 27-yard line and began lumbering toward the goal line, an experience he later recounted in a succession of one-liners:
"I almost expected to get called for delay of game."
"The field got very long."
"I was trying to push the air behind me. I needed all the help I could get."
Recalling the shadow of the Bears' Dan Neal looming alongside him at about the 10-yard line: "I thought, 'Thank God. That means I'm moving.' "
On the fact that Neal tackled him at the one-yard line: "I'm a team player. I want to let the offense take it in."
When John Riggins punched over for a Washington touchdown two plays after the interception, Butz was safely on the bench, recovering from an ordeal of which he said, in summation, "I felt like I was running through time zones."
TAPPING A NEW MARKET
The 1981 World Series is the latest sports event to be "closed captioned" for TV, a process by which the audio portion of regularly scheduled television fare is "translated" into subtitles flashed on the screen for the benefit of deaf and other hearing-impaired viewers. Visible only on TV sets equipped with special decoding devices, the captions are prepared by the non-profit National Captioning Institute in Falls Church, Va. for a growing number of taped programs on NBC, ABC, PBS and independent stations. In the case of live sports coverage, captions consist of game-situation information—e.g., balls and strikes in baseball, downs and yards-to-go in football.