Nehemiah has the fastest time in his event, the 110-meter high hurdles, on six days of the week. His world record of 12.93 came on a Wednesday—in Zurich, last Aug. 19—and he also has the fastest times on a Sunday (13.00), Monday (13.33), Tuesday (13.26), Friday (13.07) and Saturday (13.16). Too bad that before he signed with the 49ers, a move that made him ineligible for international competition (although he conceivably could compete in domestic meets), Nehemiah didn't get one last stab at Rod Milburn's Thursday record of 13.24. Milburn set that one in Munich on Sept. 7, 1972 while winning (sigh!) an Olympic gold medal.
NO MORE PUPPY CHOW
The college football season is still four months off, but Joe Terranova's work is already done. Terranova, a marketing manager with Ford Motor Co. in Detroit, gets his kicks from watching high school football films—he took in more than 500 of them over the winter—and publishes an annual ranking of the colleges that fared best in the recruiting of leading high school prospects. His rundown of the class of '86:
1) Georgia. Vince Dooley's top signee is Defensive Tackle Gerald Browner (6'4", 300), kid brother of Ross, Jimmie, Willard, et al. "It's obvious the last of the Browner boys has been off Puppy Chow for some time," says Terranova. With Browner and fellow incoming linemen Victor Perry (6'5", 270), Jay Floyd (6'5", 285), Cedric Cornish (6'3", 250) and Keith Johnson (6'5", 240), "the training table budget could double."
2) Notre Dame. The linebacking phenoms came "straight from the meat packing houses in Chicago": Tony Furjanic (6'2", 225), John McCabe (6'3", 220) and Ron Weissenhofer (6'3", 220). Tight End Wally Klein (6'8", 240) is so big "he can eat peaches off a tree without using his hands." Allen Pinkett "is the finest tailback to enter Notre Dame since Vagas Ferguson." Terranova picked Coach Gerry Faust's inaugural recruiting class as No. 1 a year ago, so the Irish may be able to get that 5-6 record of last season out of their system in a hurry.
3) Texas. "These kids are a sure bet to receive their college degrees because most are so huge their college professors won't have to call roll to know if they're absent. In fact, there's more blue ribbon beef in the Longhorn Corral than the Ewings ever had at South Fork." Coach Fred Akers recruited an army of linemen—the smallest of whom is 6'3", 235—including Terry Steelhammer ("talk about a football name"). Running Back Anthony Byerly is still a question mark, though. "It will be sometime in early October before we know for sure if he's Billy Sims reincarnated."
4) Oklahoma. "Sonny Brown is a wishbone quarterback from Alice, Tex., whose press clippings can fit on the back of a postage stamp. Thing is, he's a player." Marcus Dupree, who broke Herschel .Walker's national high school career record for most touchdowns; Spencer Tillman, who ran for 4,000-plus yards in 27 games, and Tom Haley, another outstanding runner, help make this class "of the Campbell Soup variety...It's M'm good."
5) Nebraska. "The Dallas Cowboys of the muppet set concentrated heavily on linemen and succeeded in signing the premier line prospect in Nebraska (Stan Parker), the top two in Kansas (Chris Spachman and Rob Maggard) and the best of Minnesota's crop (Kevin Blackmer and Lawrence Hart)." Tailback Thurman Hoskins was the top' schoolboy scorer in Missouri, "but comes from such a small town that the phone directory only has one yellow page."
Rounding out the Top 10 are North Carolina, Auburn, Florida ("Charley Pell recruited himself a seven course meal"), Penn State and Illinois.