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Edited by Craig Neff
March 06, 1989
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March 06, 1989


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The harsh punishment is sending the right message: There's no place for fighting in hockey. Unfortunately, the leadership of the violence-plagued NHL still doesn't get that message. When he was asked about a survey of 1,500 Canadians by pollster Angus Reid, in which 74% of the respondents said that the NHL would be more entertaining if it were less violent, league president John Ziegler called the findings "worthless" because the pollsters had not defined the term "violence."


SI's Alexander Wolff, one of our resident Olympic-pin-trading aficionados, ventured to Lake Placid, N.Y., last weekend for the first-ever national pin-collectors' convention. He reports:

Despite a snowstorm that socked in much of the East Coast, nearly a thousand people filed into the Olympic Center to ogle the wares of 31 vendors, who had come to the Adirondacks from such far-flung precincts as Seattle and Los Angeles. They traded and sold (for $1 and up) everything from corporate sponsors' pins to International Olympic Committee session badges. These were folks who knew their Mauritius from their Mauritania.

Among the hottest items—selling for at least $100 if you could find one—were rare national Olympic committee pins from Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta). Gabon and Niger. Also in demand was a TV screen-shaped ESPN pin bearing—without IOC permission—the Olympic rings; about 500 of these were produced for the Calgary Games.

The show was staged by the Olympin Collectors Club, which started with seven members in 1982 and now has 800. "We're at a point where our computer's memory is just about full of members' names," said club president Don Bigsby of Albany, N.Y. Club members can't wait until 1992, when winter and summer games begin alternating every two years and new Olympic pins hit the market twice as often.

Perhaps the largest display in Lake Placid belonged to Rowan Fay, pastor of Pilgrim Holiness Church in Marcy, N.Y., who exhibited his wares over four full tables and a wall display. But, though the show ran through Sunday, Fay packed up Saturday evening and headed home, where less secular duties beckoned. To one pinhead anyway, there actually seems to be a higher calling.


It's part of Steve Garvey's misfortune that news of his allegedly having impregnated two women—neither of them the woman he married two weeks ago—comes at the height of the Wade Boggs scandal (page 38). "We're getting lumped together, but it's not the same." says Garvey, 40, the former star first baseman for the Dodgers and Padres. "I've been single for the past seven years."

Still, the news has tarnished Garvey's once-sterling image and may hinder his expected pursuit of a political career. "I just hope the intelligent person will look at this and ask. 'Has Steve's behavior been consistent with how he has handled situations in the past?' " he says. "I think it has been. I have addressed the problem. I have told the women that if the children are mine, I will assume the responsibilities."

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