Miss Atkins has since had her uniform pants tailored to her own taste. "They look different now," she said. "I hope I don't get in trouble for this, too."
One of the advantages of being the worst team in the National Football League, as the Houston Oilers were this season, is the right to pick first in the draft of college players. However, in its wisdom, Houston already has dealt away that choice, and quite a few others besides. As a result, when the NFL draft is held later this month the lowly Oilers will have no picks at all through the first three rounds, and only 11 through the first 17 rounds. Compare this with the Super Bowl rivals. Miami will have 22 picks, Minnesota 20, including two first-round choices. Oh my, how the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
But Houston fans can offer a counter-argument. In their frantic trading, the Oilers acquired a bevy of top-draft players from other teams. This past season they had a dozen first-round picks on the roster, a rather impressive total. Still, that hasn't done the Oilers much good, at least not so far. So why worry about the draft?
Australis, the Australian America's Cup yacht, has been launched officially, but it is not Australis. That is, it was Australis before it was launched, but it isn't anymore. Owner Alan Bond decided Australis wasn't gutsy enough. What he wanted, according to reports, was a tough, aggressive, even menacing name. So he picked Avenger. That, according to Australian yachting writer Bruce Stannard, "would have created merry hell among the crusty old conservatives of the New York Yacht Club. Races may be won at sea, but Bond believed a little gamesmanship on land would be useful."
Apparently, Bond decided all this was as silly as it sounds, for he changed course again and settled on Southern Cross, which is rich in Australian tradition. The Southern Cross is the beautiful constellation of the southern hemisphere that appears on the Australian flag. It also was the name given to the famous airplane in which Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith made the first transpacific flight from the U.S. to Australia in 1928.
Besides, a boat by any other name is just as fast—and just as likely to scare the New York Yacht Club.
The third annual Wiseman Trophy has been awarded to Lynn Swann, USC's exemplary flanker. The Wiseman, created as an antidote to the Heisman Trophy, is given annually to the college player who the proprietors of the Victoria Station restaurant in San Francisco decide is the best in the country. Their selections are based on clear, cold logic. When Cornell's Ed Marinaro was picked in 1971 (the Heisman went to Auburn's Pat Sullivan), it was discovered that the three partners in the restaurant were all graduates of Cornell. When they went for Brad Van Pelt of Michigan State in 1972 instead of Johnny Rogers, it seemed only fitting that Publicist Glenn Dorenbush turned out to be a Michigan State man.