A self-proclaimed jack of all trades, Jablonic is a brilliant salesman. He has worked at everything from bee-keeping ("selling honey from eight-ounce jars and 55-gallon drums") to real estate to negotiating for the Badgers' racing jerseys (99� apiece at the Champion outlet store). The side jobs have allowed him to coach.
"Coaching is one of the few things I thought I could be a pro at and be good," says Jabo.
"Wisco [ Wisconsin] was just too fast," said UCLA's Brad Marquardt, after the Badgers had beaten not just Harvard but also UCLA, Syracuse and Washington, who finished in that order.
Most of the prerace talk concerned the animosity that exists between Harvard and Washington. At an April regatta the Huskies had won the race, then lost it to Harvard after a protest led to a re-row, then won it back when the decision to re-row was reversed.
"At least we beat Washington," said Harvard's George Henry.
After the race, Jabo wandered by as the Wisconsin boat was being loaded onto a trailer and whispered to Sniderman: "It was all those Mary Lou Retton 10's." For the uninitiated, a Mary Lou Retton 10 is 10 strokes with perfect form. Jabo knows rowing.