This year's selection of Southern California's Swann was more puzzling, since nobody on the selection committee had gone to USC. The restaurant duly announced that the selection of Swann was a completely objective one, adding, "The fact that we have one Victoria Station open in Los Angeles and three others under construction in that area had nothing whatever to do with the choice."
TOOMEY THE SWIMMER
They're gathering in Florida for another Superstar competition, the one at which Bob Seagren won a $39,700 prize a year ago. You remember the setup: star athletes from different sports compete in a variety of activities (running, swimming, cycling, weight lifting, tennis, hitting a baseball, and so on), with the provision that a man cannot compete in his own specialty. More than a dozen stars, from Pete Rose to O.J. Simpson to Larry Mahan, will battle this year, and the self-styled favorite is Bill Toomey, the 1968 Olympic decathlon champion. Toomey was not in the event last year, and when he heard that Seagren had won, he said, "If they had let me in, I would have cleaned Seagren's clock."
Now track coach at the University of California at Irvine, Toomey turned to coaches in other sports to help sharpen his skills. His extraordinary athletic ability was soon evident in most areas, but there was one glaring exception. "I'm sure he'll learn fast," UCI swimming coach Ed Newland told Earl Gustkey of the Los Angeles Times after Toomey's first workouts in the pool, "but he has absolutely no feel for the water. Right now, he couldn't finish the 100-yard freestyle, let alone win it. But in time I think I can get him under a minute for the distance."
In an effort to encourage Toomey, Newland jokingly disparaged the swimming talents of the other competitors.
"Carl Eller is in it," Toomey said.
"Eller is dogmeat," Newland said.
"What about Roger Staubach?"
"Staubach is dogmeat."