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ECENTLY, I heard a story about a youth league president who was teaching more than the rules of the game. Unfortunately, though, in this case, he didn't realize it. He was influencing his team members far beyond the X's and O's of competition. Faced with a shortage of players, he illegally recruited a handful of 11-year-old girls to play on his to-andunder softball team. When confronted with the wrongdoing, he asked his coaching associates to "not count those games" or to "simply replay the games" in place of forfeiture.

the rules are what give meaning to the word "winner." From Steve to Stan, all have taken a Second Look at the meaning of winning through their trust in Jesus Christ and becoming positive role models to youth in sports. •

- Kyle Rote, Jr.


Now what was fair? How would you have felt if your team had lost to a team that had used ineligible players - older athletes who were bigger and stronger? And what if you had played on the offending team? Would you have felt it was right that you had to forfeit games, not because you had done something wrong but because your teammates and your coach had allowed that to happen?

Sadly, this very example happens all too often in youth sports. Coaches and athletes will strive to win at any cost. Winning becomes the only standard to measure self-worth and importance. I realize there aren't any national tournaments for the happiest teams or the most congenial teams. But I challenge you to read in this issue about Steve Alford, Ozzie Volstad, Stan Smith, Jenna Johnson and Suzie Rapp. Perhaps you'll discover that there's more to competition and life than to cheat in order to win. Competing to the best of your ability and playing within

Kyle Rote, Jr., is a former professional soccer player for the Dallas Tornadoes and a three-time winner of television's Superstars competition. An author, television sports commentator and motivational speaker, Kyle and his wife, Mary Lynne, live in Memphis, Tenn., with their three children. Kyle and John MacArthur co-host Second Look, a new TV program that "looks at life" through the eyes of sport and is presented by Radio Bible Class.



ASSISTANT EDITOR Karen A. Dro llinger

















EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS Joe C. Coenen Phil Johnson Ann Manley Work

Changing Lanes


Steve Alford moves on to pro basketball. by Karen Rudolph Drollinger



TYPESETTER Ty pe Designs

The Wizardry of Oz

COLOR SEPARATION Com plimentary Colo r

Ozzie Volstad nets many volleyball honors. by Karen Rudolph Drollinger



Many Happy Returns

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Practice pays off for Stan Smith. by Paul Santhouse



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Different Strokes The story of two 1984 Ol ympic swimmers. by Paul Hoemann

18 Under .the Influence We can beat the system. by John MacArt hu r, Jr. Second Look is published six times a year and is copyrighted 速 1987 by Radio Bible Class. Grand Rapids, Ml 49555-0001. Printed in USA. Editorial offices are located at 290 North D Street, Suite 602, San Bernard ino, CA 92401 . Free subscriptions are available upon request by writing to Radio Bible Class, Grand Rapids, Ml 49555-0001.








11 Training Tips Athleti c advice from the pros

SPECIAL CREDITS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY Cover, Charlie Nye, (I nset) John Ge<ntry; p. 2, Neil Ricklen; pp. 4, 5, 6, Charlie Nye; p. 7, John Gentry; pp. 8, 9, 10, Norm Schindler/ ASUCLA; p. 11 , (left) Todd Friedman/ Focus West, (right) Norm Schindler/ASUCLA; p. 12, Todd Friedman/ Focus West; p. 13, AP/AII American Sports; pp. 14, 15, 16, Bud Symes/ All-Sport; p. 22, (top left) N.Y. Mets, (lower left) L.A. Dodgers, (top right) Andrew Bernstein/ L.A. Dodgers, (lower right) Jerry Wachter; p. 24, Mitch Reibei/ Focus West.


17 For Athletes Insights from Wes Neal

22 The Quiz Biz Test your sports trivia knowledge SECOND LOOK






COVER STORY Alford receives the pass on the outlet ... pushes the ball up the floor ... looks for the open man .. .. He's got Thomas on his right .. . fakes the pass ... splits the defenders .. . pumps once ... scores! ... Indiana leads .. . AWN ... YAWN. Seemingly just another day at the office for point guard Steve Alford. The smooth 6-foot-2 senior led Indiana University to the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball championship this season, averaging 22 points a game. But his fluid movements on the floor belie the effort and diligence away from the camera that went into his contributions toward the team's national title. Alford ended his career as the Hoosiers' four-time Most Valuable Player. He finished as the number 2 all-time scorer in the Big 10 Conference - a mere deuce behind Michigan's Mike McGee. That's 2,438 points, folks. Not bad for a guy who's said to be too slow, can't jump and doesn't play defense. Those must be the same folks who are evaluating Larry Bird. Toss in a 1984 Olympic gold medal in basketball and we know we're talking about one talented athlete. On the court, the transition game may mean the difference between wins or losses, fame or failure. When possession changes, the team wants the ball in capable hands, hopefully someone who can challenge the defense, pass his way out of a jam, create defensive problems, bury a jumper, and hit a free throw or two. In short, someone like Steve Alford. The statistics speak for themselves: two-time first team All-American ... 1987 Big 10 MVP ... all-time Indiana scoring leader ... career shooting accuracy of 53.3% ... top IU career free throw accuracy of 89.6% ... 1071202 in three-point shooting ... 1983 national prep Player-of the- Year . . . third on IU charts with 385 assists. Pretty impressive for a young man who was booed in his freshman year of high school simply because he was "a coach's son" and was playing in front of older and stronger boys. No Chicago politics allowed here. Indiana fans won't tolerate favoritism or nepotism. Young Alford ignored the booing for the most part, realizing that, then only 5-foot-10, he would have to outwork his opponents if he was going to compete. Following his freshman year, Steve picked up his pail and hard hat. Blue-collar work ethics with an executive's style. Adding a few more inches to his frame didn't hurt his competitive chances either. "It was obvious that I wasn't the best player on the floor, and that really bothered me," said Steve,


Indiana's Steve Alford moves from studentathlete to professional athlete.



recalling he had averaged only a single point a game in varsity competition his freshman year. "So I went to Dad (Sam Alford, New Castle Chrysler High School coach) and said, 'We gotta do something.' We devised this workout program." By the time Alford was a high school senior, the situation had turned. Alford's shot became the sweetest thing to hit New Castle since vanilla ice cream. His high school scoring averages rocketed to 18, 27, and finally 36 points per game as a senior. That won him the honor as Indiana's "Mr. Basketball," a white gloves way of saying he was a true gym rat and the state's outstanding player. "When he put me in games my freshman year, I was booed," said Steve about his father/coach. "And my senior year whenever he took me out, he was booed!" That workout program eventually became "Steve Alford's All-American Workout," a series of ballhandling and shooting drills done at a game pace. Now available on video. Only $39.95 plus tax and handling. Obviously Steve has learned to handle the numbers on and off the court. The business major is marketing his best product: himself. "He never played cowboys and Indians, hide and go seek," said Sam about Steve, who used to watch the high school's practices as a youth and would never take his eyes off Jerry Sichting (now with the Boston Celtics). "He just had a zeal and love for the game. He didn't need much prodding.'' Steve agrees. "I think it's very important for kids to fall in love with something. I fell in love with basketball at a very early age. But there are all kinds of sports out there and all kinds of organized youth groups that are important," said Alford, who started playing biddy ball in kindergarten. "At an early age it's important for kids just to enjoy playing, and not put a big emphasis on winning or losing, scoring the most points, or being the best passer. Go out and let some energy off and enjoy it. Then as they get older they can learn those things." Others viewed him differently, including younger brother Sean, who also was good enough to receive a college scholarship. Sean just called him "nuts" (presumably about basketball), especially when Steve would turn down chances to go to the movies or out with friends in order to shoot hoops. Indiana coach Bobby Knight, who was to become Alford's biggest critic but also greatest admirer, remarked, "From a basketball standpoint, I don't think I've seen any player get as much out of his talent as Steve has. Alford's everlasting claim to basketball immortality will be what he got out of himself." Knight's respect, like that of teammates, was earned in the same way that Steve got his first basketball letter: through the School of Hard Work in the College of Mental Toughness. 路"He helped me get through this year," said firstyear IV player Keith Smart, who scored the gamewinning basket in the finals against Syracuse. "He's

Responsibility (and credit) for Steve's character development go to Mom and Dad - Sharan and Sam Alford.

been through the mill, in the washer, you name it. He helped me get through the good times and the bad.'' 路"He was very unselfish," said fellow senior Dean Garrett. "Although we looked to him to shoot a lot, he was more than likely to give up the ball." Ricky Calloway agreed that Steve had helped him understand the tirades of Coach Knight and the rigors of Division I college basketball. "He had been through it - it's something for a newcomer looking at and trying to understand. You take in what's important - you don't take in the actual words," said Calloway regarding Steve's advice about understanding Knight and his Army drill instructor tactics. "Steve's a great player and it's an honor to play with someone of his caliber." Someone once asked Steve if Coach Knight changed during his four years at Indiana. "Sure," recalled Steve. "He went from hard to play for, to harder, to hardest, to impossible!" Then he laughed, recalling the Auburn game in the NCAA tourney this year, when he rallied his team from a 12-point deficit to win. "You saw me more emotional than usual. Coach let me know how I was playing and I was fed up with hearing it. I didn't want to end my career like that! "A lot of credit goes to Coach Knight for building my character," said Steve. "He furthered what Dad started and has done a lot for me. Hopefully, I've done enough for him that I don't owe him anything!" With graduation past, Alford's IU uniform is packed away and awaiting its expected call to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. That means back to New Castle, where the local citizenry has plans to erect a 10,000 square-foot building to replace the original headquarters in Indianapolis. New Castle already has the world's largest high school gym, a facility built in 1959 that seats 9,325. Hoosiers love their basketball. In April a freethrow contest called the Indiana Shoot-out drew 2,000 spectators. That's to watch old-timers like Jim Rayl and Bobby Plump, the real one, not from the mythical Hickory High in the movie, dump in shot after shot. Or as Los Angeles columnist Mike Downey wrote, "It's only in the other 49 states that people think driveways are meant to be used for parking cars.''


T'S TRANSITION TIME in a new way for Alford - from student-athlete to businessmanathlete as a National Basketball Association professional. Sam once again is influencing Steve's career, this time as an adviser/ agent negotiating personal services contracts for Steve with a shoe company, a dairy, a fast food chain, and two auto companies, along with the instructional basketball video. Eat, drink, and be merry. Smart guys, those Alfords. Make good on the AllAmerican image with an All-American workout plan that's guaranteed to bring success - bring you success and bring him bucks. Alford is more wholeSECOND LOOK


some than seven-grain bread. His image is so squeaky clean you'd assume soap manufacturers might be clamoring for his attention to pump their product on the nation's TVs while he pumps in his famed three-pointers. Despite all the acclaim, including TV interviews and magazine features from Sports Illustrated to The Saturday Evening Post, Steve's realistic about who he is and what he enjoys. Considering all the requests for Steve's attention, his idea of a good evening is peace and quiet and no phone calls, taking walks and being outside. "I just love going out and being able to think to myself," said Steve. "It's hard anymore, because my privacy is little to none and being able to get out and do some thinking really refreshes me." Though he doesn't dwell on the accomplishments, there's not a day that goes by that he's not reminded of his current success, whether it's the championship ring that graces his finger or people commenting. How does he keep it in perspective? Two things: through his faith in God and a realistic evaluation of himself and his own abilities. "Through prayer I'm able to keep things in perspective," said Steve. "Secondly, I'm not an individual that can dominate, like Michael Jordan. I just can't put my uniform on, run out on the floor, and expect good things to happen. I've got to work at it. "I've always been an individual who has criticized myself rather than putting the blame on someone else, or on the Lord. "I never wanted to leave the floor saying, 'Why couldn't I - why shouldn't I - or why wouldn't I have done this or that?' I want to leave the floor saying, 'I gave everything I had out there.' "So many people think you wave a wand to become a better player and a better person. But it's not that easy. You've got to work at it daily to become a better person, a better player, a better Christian. Obviously there were days when I took a step backwards in all areas. But in taking a step backwards, I've been able to admit that and say, 'Now let's go forward.' A lot of individuals don't even admit that they took a step backwards and before long they're running backwards." Alford credits his parents for teaching him solid values that allow him to handle the pressures of his success. Family church attendance was mandatory - a big part of every weekend. And Steve said that's been the greatest influence on his life. "The greatest influence on me has been my faith," he said, explaining that he made a decision for Christ his junior year of high school, "and along with that, my parents a nd my brother because we've had closeness as a family. My upbringing in a Christian home just set the path for me and made the decision a lot easier than a lot of kids have to go through. "It's been the biggest decision I've ever made." Bigger than his choice of a college or a major or career direction or whom he was going to marry? " I think the impact that the Lord has had in directing my life, whether it's been on the mountaintop or the valleys, has been the most important thing in


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'Alford's everlasting claim to basketball immortality will be what he got out of himself.'


- Bobby Knight

my life," Alford said, and added that a key to his growth has been daily evaluation. "At the end of the day, I want to see what I've accomplished, or what I've failed at. A lot of times it's hard to know if you're growing or you're stagnant, and I want to know those things so I can do something about it." The transition off the court for Alford includes a wedding to hometown sweetheart Tanya Frost, a sweetheart since sweet sixteen, when "goin' courtin'" meant more than a weekend date. It usually meant "Your court or mine?" since Tanya, 5-foot10, was a three-sport letter-winner in high school (volleyball, basketball, and tennis) and the Frost's hoop down the street was popular with Steve and his friends. Tanya had the foresight to major in physical therapy - a great advantage for Alford as he enters the National Basketball Association. The future Mrs. Alford found her diamond engagement ring on the back of a basketball rim at New Castle's Chrysler High School. Steve had left a stepladder underneath the basket, and with the net completely tangled, enticed her to climb the ladder and to assist him in continuing his workout by undoing the damage. Voila! Steve's very comfortable in his hometown of New Castle, Ind., enjoying the adulation of the local folk who leave numerous basketballs that sprout like giant brown strawberries on his doorstep begging for his signature. Today his former youth league coach, John Fisher, good-naturedly kids him about being the only player on the team with a single-digit number. " He was so skinny they couldn't fit two on!" And he commends Steve's ability on the dribble-the-line drill: "He didn't waver off the line - it was bigger than he was!" Will he be successful as a pro? Will he make the transition? " It depends on what team he gets with and what type of offense they run. As far as heart is concerned, he'll do really well," said former teammate Dean Garrett. "Steve leads by example, and if they have confidence and let him lead and run the offense for them, I think he could turn some teams around." Steve knows his potential - and his limitations. "If you're asking me personally, I know I will," said Alford. "I've got to have that kind of attitude going in. I've played in a very physical league for four years and gotten pounded on. But I think if there's anybody coming into the draft that's mentally prepared to handle the NBA, I think it's me." For Alford, that mental preparation must have started in kindergarten. "The players that help their team the most and really stand out are those tha t really love the game, like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, and Michael Jordan," said Alford. "It's obvious just watching how much they enjoy playing." If tha t's the case, then go to the head of the class, Steve. Class dismissed. â&#x20AC;˘

(Editor's note: Steve A /ford was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the NBA draft.) SECOND LOOK 7

ZZIE VOLSTAD is a block off the old chip. With a 36-inch vertical leap to add to his 6-feet-5 inches, he can stop almost anything at the volleyball net, including those quick-set chip shots. His defensive and offensive skills the UCLA senior from Forde, Norway, the Most Valuable Player award at the 1987 men's collegiate volleyball championships. UCLA defeated the defending champion University of Southern California, 15-11, 15-2, 16-14, before a crowd of 9,000 on its home floor at Pauley Pavilion. With the victory in early May, the Bruins earned their 12th national title, benefiting from a 27-match winning streak at the close of the season. The Bruins' volleyball dynasty now has surpassed the basketball dynasty of the John Wooden era. Current count of national championships: Volleyball 12, Basketball10. Volstad, a four-time all-American, started for UCLA teams that went 38-0 and won the national championship his freshman year, then reeled off records of 32-8 and 30-9 before finishing 38-3 this year. His offensive accomplishments this season include the team lead in kills with 447 and attack percentage at .397. Defensively, he incurred only 29 reception errors all season - averaging slightly more than one per match - while patrolling the back row with teammate Jeff Williams. Volstad led the team with 219 digs.

BY KAREN RUDOLPH DROLLINGER UCLA has a rich tradition in National Collegiate Athletic Association circles, winning 12 national titles in the 17-year history of NCAA volleyball. Former players Karch Kiraly, Dave Saunders, and Steve Salmons helped the U.S. team to the Olympic volleyball gold medal in 1984. Coach AI Scates has developed 33 first-team NCAA all-Americans and eight Olympians (including former Laker player and broadcaster Keith Erickson, in 1964), but it's Volstad, the slender Norwegian, who draws the most praise. "We asked Ozzie to do more for us than any other player we've had, including Karch," says Scates. "We asked Ozzie to receive over half the balls, stack block, commit block, single block and then be the swing hitter." While volleyball is very popular internationally and reaped blockbuster TV ratings during the Olympics, in America it's perceived as a regional beach sport. Ahh . .. Southern California - land of granola. Fruits. Nuts. And a few flakes. With only 50 schools fielding teams and no NCAA titlists from outside of California, it could be in danger of

In the Land of Aahs, Volstad digs volleyball.



losing its NCAA sanctioning. A three-year television contract translates into revenue - the bottom line for keeping the sport under NCAA jurisdiction. But Volstad, the team's best player, dispels that idea. He isn't from the beaches. His biographical sketch says "Forde, Norway," not Santa Monica, Newport Beach, Santa Barbara, or any other beachy area. And he learned to play the game on grass, hitting back and forth out on the lawn with his family, and "down at the club." Oh, but what a family - the Volstads play volleyball for a little more than recreation and exercise. Of the five children, three sons and two daughters who range in age from 27 to 13, all but the youngest have played for or are currently on the Norwegian national team. Says Ozzie, "We spent a lot of time on the lawn or in the gym when it was open. We got a lot of touches on the ball and developed our ball handling skills. It was a lot of repetition and a lot of fun -you've got to have fun." While serving a mandatory military stint in the Norwegian navy, Ozzie was recruited for UCLA in the fall of 1983 via videotape. Coach AI Scates didn't need a passport and visa to sign up Volstad. Paper and pen, and a little help from Sony, was all he needed to insure the Bruins a few more visits to volleyball's Final Four. Recently he remarked that his star "entered UCLA with tremendous skills. "He was the best in Norway. His style has become more Americanized and he's more of a competitor," says Scates. "He could make our national team and it's the best in the world." "A friend who played on the national team said I was a fine recruit," said Volstad, understating his abilities. "I talked to a lot of friends who said if I didn't try it [going to UCLA] I'd be crazy." Unfortunately, though his coach feels he's talented enough to make the U.S. team, Volstad will be spectating at the '88 Olympics in Seoul. The Norwegian team isn't strong enough to get past European wne powers Poland, France, Italy, and the Soviet Union. And he'd have to take out citizenship papers to play for the Americans. "I've thought about it," said the computer engineering major, an academic all-American who excels in the classroom. "I've lived here for four years. But I have deep-set roots there that I plan to return to."


ZZIE may be a block off the chip in volleyball, but in his family he's a chip off the block, following in the footsteps of a father who traveled throughout a district in Norway, serving and visiting different churches as a preacher and organizing activities. Both travel frequently; it's just Ozzie's circles are a little wider, with volleyball jaunts throughout Europe and the U.S. Recent travels include a twoweek commute back to Norway for a championship tournament with his former team. His father gave him more than a yearn to travel:


He gave Ozzie a view toward life that has provided him stability. "I was fortunate in growing up in a really good home," says Ozzie, an American nickname for his real name, Asbjorn. "I know what I believe in has given me a base to go on from. It's not that every little act that I do is conscious praise of the Lord. When I play, I'm not thinking about those things but all the skills I need. "But my faith involves my whole life. It's not just something on Sunday." Asbjorn's pastor/ father took his children to the activities that he planned for various churches. Norwegian churches are organized differently, on a nationwide basis. The local churches plan the Sunday services, and weddings, baptisms, and funerals. But many day-to-day activities are carried out by the national organization for which the elder Volstad worked. Though his father provided a good role model for his children in the Christian faith, Ozzie wasn't forced to believe as his father did. "I haven't felt forced, but free to make my own choice," says Volstad. "You can't force God on -~â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘.., ... anybody. It's an individual responsibility. I've learned, and I'm able to think on my own. I believe that the gospel makes sense - the basic message about needing a Savior - and that it applies. "Some people say you shouldn't indoctrinate children - let them make their own decision about religion. But if you don't teach anything, that's the -'~~ same thing as saying there isn't anything. If you don't say anything about God, it causes the child to UCLA expected a lot from Ozzle - and he's question his parents - that there isn't anything not a bad cheerleader [important]. If the basic principles are taught, at either. least they can accept or reject the ideas." With a 3.6 grade-point average in computer engineering, Ozzie can demonstrate that he's given a lot of thought to other things in addition to thinking through spiritual things. It will be at least a year before he can be certified for his engineering license back in Norway, so he's giving some thinking time tp future plans. Though he wants to design hardware for computers, there's still time for some more volleyball, either as a professional in Italy or France, which might earn him over $100,000, or as a graduate assistant coach with UCLA. Either way, he's looking ahead and planning. "At UCLA they try to give you a broad background, but they can't prepare you for all the details when you go to college," says Volstad. "But there's a lot more to be learned in real life. When you have the background, you can learn and pick up the details much faster." With Ozzie's diverse background, most of those details aren't going to be too hard to pick up. After all, in volleyball he's just a block off the old chip. And in life, a chip off the old block. â&#x20AC;˘


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(Editor's note: Ozzie Volstad was recently named the 1987 Player of the Year by Volleyball Magazine.) SECOND LOOK



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PERSON'S SIZE has very little to do with his success at tennis," notes 6-foot-4 Stan Smith. "The real key is quickness. There have been great tennis players of all sizes, but unless a player is quick, he'll never become a champion." A player who lacks quickness won't be ready when the ball is returned, and he'll be forced to make a hasty adjustment. Playing this way causes errors to snowball during a tennis match. Starting in the wrong position causes inconsistency, as every return becomes a hit-or-miss situation. Quickness helps you get back into position once the ball is hit. "As soon as the ball



Tips f rom Stan Smith on tennis and Ozzie Volstad on volleyball. leaves my racket, I bring it back up and get my feet in position for the next stroke," says Stan. "Always be sure you can get to the ball." Once a player has learned the fundamentals of the game - serve, ground strokes, volleys and positioning - quickness adds to success. It worked for Stan in the 1972 Wimbledon finals against

Ilie Nastase. During the tense closing moments of the match, Stan made shot after shot. Nastase, in disbelief, lost his concentration and Stan won. â&#x20AC;˘ - Paul Santhouse

"Mind over matter" equals "ball over net" lor both Stan (left) and Ozzle (right).


ITH A HITTING percentage of .526 in this year's NCAA volleyball championships (at .300 you'll make the team; .400 is outstanding), UCLA senior Ozzie Volstad has the skills to offer a little advice. "As far as improving your volleyball, it's important to get an early start on developing your coordination and physical ability," says this year's NCAA tournament MVP . " But if you start on one sport too early you might burn out." Ozzie, who started to play volleyball on a competitive level at age 15 ("That's about as late as you can start"), believes in a broad background with many sports experiences. Like most Norwegians, he began cross-country skiing when barely out of diapers, then moved on to soccer and track and field. High jumping built his leg strength, and soccer developed his endurance. Volstad describes an exercise which the UCLA team does to improve its jumping, but cautions that it may produce a real strain on the knees if there isn't proper leg strength. It involves jumping from a set height, landing, and then exploding upwards, "almost starting to jump before you land." Jumping ability is very important, but what does he key on when he enters a match? "I don't think there's much time to remind yourself what to do," he says. "Everything happens so quickly. A lot of things happen that you can't prepare for, so you have to improvise. It takes a really good team to solve problems during a game - situations that you can't prepare for. But it's no good having six goop players if they don't play well together." â&#x20AC;˘



Disciplined practice netted payoffs for Stan Smith. TAN SMITH ENTERED competitive tennis at age 16, somewhat later than most net stars. He became junior champion two years later. Through hard work and hours of disciplined practice, Stan quickly made up for lost time. During the next few years, he won the U.S. Open and the Grand Prix Tournaments (in 1971), adding the Wimbledon crown in 1972. Smith won for the U.S. every Davis Cup singles match he ever played. Earlier in Stan's life, though, his mother tried to push him into playing the piano. The practicing became drudgery and eventually he dropped the piano in favor of greener pastures. Or shall we say greener lawns? Why did Stan Smith choose to invest his talents on clay rather than ivory? Maybe because tennis seemed just a bit more fun. Or maybe because there was a lot less pressure on him to play tennis. Stan chose to play tennis because he enjoyed it, but not all young tennis players have been so fortunate. Status-conscious parents, at great expense, have dictated the game to their children for years. In a national survey taken at the Easter Bowl tournament in Miami, "nearly one-third of the nation's junior tennis players spent over $10,000 annually for training, even though their families were making financial sacrifices to do it. And only about 8% of junior players practiced for free on school or public courts." To alleviate this, and to generate more natural interest in tennis among children, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) has been taking steps to expose the sport more on a grassroots level. One such USTA program involves school assemblies. In these assemblies, Stan or some other teaching pro will meet with students in the gym and introduce them to the basics of tennis. Then the school's tennis coach follows up by organizing classes and teaching the proper skills. For even younger kids, there are tiny tots programs like the one down at Hilton Head, S.C., where Stan is a resident teaching pro. There, kids are taught how to hold the racket and hit the ball at animalshaped targets. "Only after they begin to develop the basic skills do we tell them about the net, the court and all the rest. In the beginning, we just let them get familiar and have fun so they'll warm up to the sport," Stan says. That isn't the approach some families take. Many young players learn to swear like sailors from the way their parents yell at them during a poor match.

Stan started tennis late, but developed quickly to gain victories like the 1972 Wimbledon title.

'Tennis is difficult, so it's important to learn in a group.'



Stan agrees. "Some parents are so intense it's difficult even to talk with them. They need to develop some balance in their lives and stop looking at their kids as alter egos. We encourage parents to let their kids be taught by someone other than themselves." Diligent practice at an early age can be valuable. An early start builds familiarity and confidence. "The real trouble," says Stan, "comes when kids are in heavy competition too early. They live tennis by the time they're 9, 10, or 11 years old. I think it's better for a kid to wait until at least age 14 before competing heavily." There's a fine line between encouraging and forcing someone into tennis. So what's the best way to get started? Stan recommends a clinic situation with kids the same age. "First of all, it's a lot more fun with other kids. There isn't that intensity or danger of immediate burnout. "Also, because tennis is a difficult game to pick up, it's important that kids see other kids having the same problems they have. In basketball, even an uncoordinated kid can get a hoop after 10 or 20 tries. But in tennis, he doesn' t just walk out there and get a good volley going on Day One. To see others going through the same things helps. Kids see that they're not the only ones doing poorly." When children learn tennis in a group, it becomes more of a team situation. They gain the camaraderie of other sports, and they can be taught sports etiquette and sportsmanship from the start, so it becomes second nature. It's important in any area of life to learn the basics as early as possible, and to build on them. As the Bible says in Proverbs 22:6, "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." "I see many kids, and even pro players, who are changing their technique every two weeks. When they change, their mindset says that it will help, and they actually do play better at first," says Stan. "But if the change isn't to a good fundamental skill, they start having problems all over again. Nothing helps in the long run except the proper skills, developed and perfected through practice." If a youngster can learn to apply that principle to his or her life, then tennis becomes a valuable youth sport experience, rather than a breeding ground for stress, pressure and win-at-all-costs values. There's no substitute for working hard and toiling long to achieve a goal. The apostle Paul said, "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:13-14). He knew that in the Christian life, as in any athletic competition, hard work is important. The earlier one learns to stick with it, the sooner he'll begin to develop the character qualities necessary for endurance in the long haul. Not an overnight process by any means, but one well worth pursuing. And the sooner the better. â&#x20AC;˘

Paul Santhouse is a freelance writer in Chicago, Ill., and an advertising manager at Moody Press. SECOND LOOK 13

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ENNA JOHNSON ANXIOUSLY scanned the pages of the Sports Illustrated 1984 Olympics preview issue. She was shocked to see herself projected as the silver medalist in the 100-meter butterfly. That's big stuff for any athlete, let alone a 16-year-old. "Nobody knew who I was, so I was surprised," says Johnson, now a Stanford University sophomore. "I had come out of nowhere." That's not exactly true. Jenna already had establisheci herself as one of the best young swimmers in the U.S. by finishing eighth in the butterfly at the senior nationals meet. But this was the big time - the Los Angeles Olympics. A few months later, the Santa Rosa, Calif., native subdued her own butterflies as she curled her toes over the edge of the starting block, preparing to swim her first Olympic race, the butterfly leg of the 400meter medley relay. Jenna's task: swim 100 meters as fast as her legs and arms could kick and stroke. "I kept telling myself, 'This is the Olympics. You've been in so many meets before; this is just another. It's just a matter of swimming."' Seemingly, it's always been just a matter of swimming for Jenna, who is now 19. Her tale of success began when she joined her first swim team at age 9 "because I was bored during the summer." By the time she was 12, that recreational pastime became her burning desire. Daily she would bike one mile to a bus stop and ride a bus the remaining five miles to swimming practice. Since her parents worked, "it was up to me to get there," she says. "She'd be the first one here for practice and then she'd stay late," says Santa Rosa Neptunes Coach Guy Miller, whom Jenna calls her most influential instructor. "Often, after the other girls had left or gone to play water polo, Jenna would be working out by herself." Miller drilled Jenna in swimming fundamentals. But just as important, he cultivated in her heart a desire to go for the gold: the Olympics. That desire was fulfilled. Jenna and her teammates claimed gold in the 400-meter medley and 400-meter freestyle relays. "It was so neat to see our flag being raised up the pole as the national anthem played," she says. "We got used to that." Later Jenna added a silver medal in the 100-meter butterfly (fulfilling Sports Illustrated's prediction). One of her medley relay teammates was Suzie Rapp, a Stanford swimmer from Arlington, Va. Little did Jenna realize that she and Suzie soon would be college teammates and roadtrip roommates. "We didn't speak that much to each other during the Olympics," Jenna says, though today they share much in common, including a faith in Christ. Suzie's childhood experience with swimming, however, was unlike Jenna's. Rapp began swimming competitively at age 6, but hated it and quit. "If you're not enjoying swimming,"



she says, "you' re just staring at a black line on the bottom of the pool all day. It's no fun." Two years later, she gave it another try. This time she honed her sights on the black X painted on each end of the pool. By seventh grade, Suzie was working out four hours a day and establishing herself as one of Virginia's best young swimmers. Like her peer across the continent, Rapp had Olympic dreams. Suzie parlayed her success into a Stanford swimming scholarship in 1983. And like Jenna, Suzie took home a 1984 Olympic medal, a silver in the tOOmeter breaststroke. But fulfilling her Olympic dream wasn't satisfying for Suzie. "After the Olympics were over, the feeling inside wasn't as great as I had hoped," she says. "I questioned why I was swimming and why I was going to such a prestigious school." Sensing her spiritual need, Suzie asked God to reveal Himself to her. "I asked Him to show me if there was anything to this life at all." He did, but in a way that Suzie didn't expect. In the fall of 1984, her sophomore year, her world came unraveled. She injured her knee while practicing the breaststroke's strenuous kick and had to undergo arthroscopic surgery. Doctors told her that she might never swim again. She was crushed. "Before, I was motivated to do well in swim meets because that's how I attained my self-worth and identity. When my knee went, there went my self-worth.'' While she was injured, Suzie examined her life. She could see that swimming was more important to her than her relationship to God was. A change was in order, but she didn't know how to make it. Suzie had attended church and Sunday school as a child, but she felt uncomfortable there "because I always knew there was something that I didn't know about. I didn't know who Jesus was, if there was a God or what He's like." Suzie began attending a Bible study with some teammates and read C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity. She began to piece the puzzle together. In February 1985, Suzie trusted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. As she continues to grow in that relationship, a new perspective on swimming and life has emerged. Though the competitive fires still burn within, her performance no longer determines her demeanor. "A lot of breaststrokers are out to beat me. If they go faster than I, good for them. I could quit swimming tomorrow if I had to.'' Though Rapp's college career will end after the 1987-88 season, Johnson's has many laps left. Jenna's relationship with Christ - which she's enjoyed since second grade - has helped her handle swimming success. She remembers feeling humbly embarrassed when her high school teammates would ask for an autograph after she won the Olympics. And roommate Carolyn Bell, an ex-Stanford swimmer, can testify to Jenna's humility. Because of a mix-up, Jenna received one of her gold medals in the mail nearly two years late. She hid it under her mattress for a month before sheepishly showing it to Carolyn. "I was amazed at all the work the medal represented and how modest she was about it," Carolyn says.

But Jenna warns that confidence doesn't always follow success. Often, she finds herself having to look to Christ when her self-image is less than Olympian. "Before a race, I'll pray, 'Lord, help me to be the best I can,"' she says. "Then after it's over, no matter the outcome, it feels so good to say, 'Thank you, God.' It's a way to witness for Him, because without Him, I couldn't have done it.'' For Suzie, touch finishes and tenths of seconds maintain humility. For instance, she says, first or second place at the Olympic trials means a spot on the team; third place means you're headed home. Often, '----...._.w the difference is milliseconds. "You realize that the Looking to 1988â&#x20AC;˘ Jenna's other competitors are as good as you are and could goal Is Seoul. probably beat you on any given day," Suzie says.


'Imotivated was to do well for my own selfworth.'


ENNA AND SUZIE and their Stanford teammates have rarely tasted defeat. The team finished second in the NCAA meet in 1987, third in 1986, and no lower than third since 1982. But to be a champion takes commitment. Suzie, Jenna, and their Stanford teammates work out daily from 6 to 8 A.M. and from 2 to 5 P.M. Jenna says she wouldn't have it any other way: "I can't comprehend not to know what it's like to be physically drained. Everyone should experience it." The blood, sweat, and tears, she says, teach valuable character traits such as dedication, teamwork, and self-sacrifice. Jenna and Suzie attribute much of their swimming success to the work habits they established at a young age. "Most successful swimmers do start early," Jenna says. "I think it's important because you have to perfect the strokes." However, too much pushing by a coach or parent can produce burnout, she warns. "Build a little each year on what you did before," Suzie recommends. "But keep in mind that not everyone is going to make the Olympics. The world will tell you that you're nothing if you don't. That's not important. What is important is finding a sport you enjoy and using the gifts God gave you to the best of your ability.'' Both young women will be practicing what they preach this summer when they try out to represent the U.S. in the Pan Pacific swimming meet, an international event held in Australia. Additionally, both have their eyes set on gold again - the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Suzie hopes to compete in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke. Jenna hopes to excel in the 50-meter freestyle and avoid the disappointment that followed her second-place finish in the butterfly. "After I lost, I was a little down," Jenna says. "Then I thought to myself, ' How can you complain? You're in the Olympics!' I realized that the Olympics and all the accolades are not even important in the course of eternity. We have something much greater to look forward to: eternal life with the Lord." â&#x20AC;˘

Paul Hoemann is a free-lance writer living in Columbia, Mo. SECOND LOOK 16



Learning is a trial-and-error process, from the coach's expectations to the athlete's response. What does it mean to give others

THE FREEDOM TO FAIL BYWESNEAL Wes Neal is a respected writer who analyzes sports and applies biblical principles. Currently living in Branson, Mo. , Wes is the author of The

Handbook on Athletic Perfection. A regular contributor to Second Look magazine, Wes looks at the issue of purpose behind youth sports competition.



T WAS A HOT summer day several years ago. I pulled into town about :;tn hour early for a speaking engagement. "Good baseball weather," I said to myself. "Might as well catch a couple of innings at the Little League park." As I walked toward the stands, I noticed two runners were on base. Both boys appeared very nervous. "Jimmy, don't you dare lead off base!" a woman shouted from the stands. "Must be the kid's mother," I muttered. "And that goes for you, too, Billy!" another woman shouted with equal volume. Now I knew why the boys looked so nervous: They were afraid to make a mistake! They were afraid of failure! One thing I've noticed in studying the life of Jesus Christ - He knew how to give people freedom to fail and when to encourage them to come back and try again. Take, for example, how He worked with Peter, who had failed three times by denying he even knew Jesus (John 18:25-27). Three times! But Jesus under-

stood Peter's weakness. And instead of ripping Peter for his failure, Jesus later encouraged him to take a leadership role within His church. "Feed My sheep," Jesus told His friend (John 21:17) who ultimately rose to the occasion. The importance of giving people the freedom to fail and then the encouragement to succeed was brought home to me the day I visited my friend Hank, a local football coach. While watching a practice session, we were discussing a report that found it takes five pos-

itive comments to offset one negative remark. Just then one of the running backs made a mistake. "You're too slow in getting started~" Hank, obviously upset, shouted at him. With surprise he quickl y turned to me and said, "I can't believe I just did that, especially after what we were talking about!" With Hank's eyes glued on the next play, the running back again failed in getting the right start. And again, Hank became incensed. "Come on, Molasses, you can do better than that!"


Instantly he turned to me and groaned, "I did it again! Now I owe him 10!" Would you believe it? The running back got off to his usual slow start again on the very next play. I looked over at Hank and what I saw impressed me. He took a couple of steps toward the field, but he caught himself just before he exploded with another negative comment. He turned to me and with a smile said, "I can't afford 15!" At this moment, Hank was doing what Jesus had done with Peter. He was giving his athlete freedom to fail. A few plays later, Hank followed up on what Jesus had done. Hank gave his athlete the encouragement to continue to succeed. Yes, his running back finally got it right! Hank ran out to his players shouting, "That's it! That's it! Don, you were great on that play! You got the right start." Then Hank turned to the rest of the players and said, "Men, I want all of you to do it the way Don just did!" As closely as I could observe, Hank followed that principle. Don got the same great start the rest of the practice. Somebody believed in him, gave him the freedom to fail, and then encouraged him to live up to his own example of excellence! I can't help wondering how that approach might have worked several years ago, when two kids were shaking in their cleats, hugging the bases they were so afraid to leave. Perhaps they might even have enjoyed the game. â&#x20AC;˘


Modern society does all it can to amplify the power of lust and pride. Advertising promotes evil desires, entertainment heightens illegitimate passions, and current value systems belittle humility and moral virtue. How can we get out from under the influence? WAS PROFOUNDLY IMPRESSED by an item I saw buried inside the sports pages recently. After the Rockdale County High School Bulldogs of Conyers, Ga., had easily won the state AAA basketball championship game, coach Cleveland Stroud was studying his team's grades. He noticed for the first time that one of his third-string players had failed some courses. The athlete was academically ineligible for the basketball team. Coach Stroud remembered that late in one regional tournament game, with his team leading by more than 20 points, he had put that player in. The ineligible man had played only 45 seconds. His participation had in no way affected the outcome of the game. That was his only game all season. But it was technically a violation. The coach was in a distressing predicament. If he revealed the infraction, his team would be stripped of the championship. He could keep quiet and hope no one noticed. After all, the violation was a mere technicality - the Bulldogs would have won anyway. It was unlikely anyone outside the school would ever discover the offense. Yet the player involved surely was aware of the breach of rules. It was possible that the whole team knew and thought their coach had purposely flaunted the eligibility guidelines. Coach Stroud said from the moment he discovered the violation, he knew what he had to do. He never pondered any alternatives. He realized that the championship was not as important as the team's character or his example to them.

He reported the infraction, and the school forfeited the state championship. I'm sure it was painful to give up the title, but Coach Stroud believed his first responsibility was to be a good example to his team. Winning a state championship at the expense of his integrity was not worth the price. Too many young lives could be adversely affected by a poor example from an influential coach. "Winning means nothing anyway unless you do it by the rules," Coach Stroud told incredulous reporters. After the Bulldogs surrendered the championship trophy, parents and team boosters chipped in to buy a new, larger trophy. This one does not say "State Championship," but in my opinion it stands for something far more important - a symbol representing character and integrity.

YOUNG PEOPLE ARE ASACRED TRUST I WISH ALL coaches, teachers, and parents understood that the complexion of the world a generation from now will be determined by the youth of today. The example young people receive from those who influence them helps determine whether they embrace or discard right values. Whether you are a young person yourself or someone who influences them, you hilVe a solemn responsibility to be a good example.



The Bible clearly emphasizes this truth. Young people are to be taught about God's standard. In the Old Testament, all Israel was charged with the task of teaching God's law to the nation's youth (Deuteronomy 6:7). Scripture says every parent's highest duty is to train his children in the way they should go, so that when they are old they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). A basic requirement for those in spiritual leadership is that they demonstrate the ability to train their own children properly (l Timothy 3:2-4; Titus 1:5). There is no question about the importance God places on being the right kind of example to children and young people. Eli, a priest in the Old Testament, was severely judged by God because he had failed to train his sons in the way of righteousness (I Samuel 3:I3). Although he had basically been a faithful priest, he had failed as a father. God ultimately struck him dead for it.

and his obligation to influence others for good. Even as a young person, he was commanded to be a good example. Note the progression: "speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity." Those words envelop every conceivable sphere of influence. Paul wanted Timothy to be constantly aware of the impact of his words and actions on others.


YOU CAN BE A0000 INFLUENCE BEING A GOOD EXAMPLE is a responsibility all of us share - not just parents, coaches, and other authority figures. We influence people around us, whether we try to or not. Almost everything we say or do affects our friends and family either for bad or for good. Those people will reject or accept our values, depending on how clearly and consistently we demonstrate our commitment. There is great insight in the words of the apostle Paul to a young minister: "Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe" (I Timothy 4:I2). Those words affirm both Timothy's youthfulness MANY YOUNG PEOPLE today have grown up in a home where their parents, for whatever reasons, were less than adequate examples. It's easy for such young people to feel shortchanged or even bitter toward those who've failed them. Although a bad role model may hurt a child's upbringing, Jesus Christ offers hope. 1 Peter addresses this issue of examples, but from a different perspective - one which people of that day could relate to. In speaking to servants, Peter encouraged them to submit to their masters regardless of how they were treated - whether the slave owner was good and gentle, or unreasonable (1 Peter 2:18). Likewise, young people need to remain submissive to their parents even if they offer a poor role model. Why? Because it finds favor with God. (If you find this hard to believe, look at 1 Peter 2:19-20). In essence, Jesus can be the role model for such young people. The next three verses of this passage say, " For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leav-

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EVERYTHING IS WORKING against us as we seek to be good examples. The entire system under which this world operates is based on "the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life" (l John 2:I6). In other words, lustful desires, provocative images, and pride are the chief characteristics of our world. Modern society does all it can to amplify the power of lust and pride, through advertising designed to capitalize on evil desires, entertainment that heightens illegitimate passions, and a value system that belittles humility and moral virtue. That is what sets the tone for the forces that influence all of us. The result is an almost irresistible pressure to compromise. It is a hostile environment for someone determined to be a good example. Nevertheless, there is a desperate need for good examples of purity, integrity, and sound character. Sadly, there aren't many positive role models. You can be one. Stan Smith desires to be that. Coach Stroud was. His team will remember his example of integrity long after they forget the pain of yielding their championship. What kind of legacy are you leaving in your • sphere of influence?

Him who judges righteously" (I Peter 2:2I-23).




You say, "Wow! What an attitude! Who could ever be like that toward some old crummy parents?" The answer is you could! You ask, "But how?" Through the example and person of Jesus Christ. Look at verse 24 of the same passage: "And He Himself bore our sins in His !x>dy on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed." Do you believe that Jesus bore your sins on the cross in order to heal your relationship with God? Jesus said that He wants you to open your life to Him and receive Him as Lord and Savior. He promises to come into our lives if we open the door. He'll help you overcome what others didn't. Won't you open your heart to Him today? Here's a simple prayer you can pray:

Lord Jesus, thank You for what You've done for me and for offering to be my perfect role model - my spiritual Father. I want You to come into my life right now. Please help me to follow Your ways. Thank You for coming into my life and giving me eternal life. Amen. We're ·always here to help you at Second Look. If we can help, then don't hesitate to write us at: Second Look, Grand Rapids, Michigan

ing you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to





EXAMPLES The articles in this magazine discuss the importance of being a good example. What does that mean to you? In I Timothy 4, there is a list of qualities for serving Christ. Paul, one of the leaders of the early church, was a great example to Timothy. In I Timothy 4:I2, Paul gives a list of five areas in which Timothy could be an example to others. List each area (I-5) in the spaces provided and answer the questions relating to each. 1. - -- - -路 What kind of talk should we guard against in order to be a good example, according to Ephesians 4:29? A. To edify means to "build up." How can you be edifying in your speech according to Ephesians 4:29? _ _ __ B. Look up James 1:19. What caution regarding speech is James giving us? - - - - - - - - - - - -C. Look up Proverbs 15:1. What does this verse say about how we talk?--- - -- - -- - -- - -

2. - - - --

路 According to Ephesians 4:1 , how should we conduct ourselves (or "walk")? - - -- - - -

A. What are some characteristics of correct conduct, according to Ephesians 4:2? - - - - - - - - - - - B. I Timothy 3:2 lists characteristics of a man who would be a leader and an example. What characteristic is listed first? What does that mean? How does it relate to conduct? - - -- -- - -- - - - - -- - - - -


Read I Corinthians 13:4-7. Which characteristics of love do you display the most? The least? Explain. - -- - - - -- - -- - - - - - - - - - -- ' - - - - - - - -- - - - - --

4. - -- - -路 Read Hebrews Il. Now look back at verse 1. In your own words, what does the verse mean? A.

How important is faith to God, according to verse 6? - -- - -- - -- - -- -- - -- - -

8. Therefore, how does faith relate to being a good example? - - - -- - - -- - - -- -- - - -

5. - - - - -路 Read 2 Timothy 2:4. What choices do you have to make to remain pure, according to this verse?


Reread the article on purity. How can impure thoughts eventually make you a poor example? - - -- - -

6. Write down names of people to whom you think you're an example. Look back over this study. Choose one aspect that you feel particularly relates to you. What practical steps can you take to become a better example in this area?



7• Gooden (top left), Drysdale (bottom left), Valenzuela (lop right) and Palmer (bottom right) : Which was the young World Series pitching star? (See question 2.)

1. Who

Which of these men did not win an Olympic gold medal in the decathlon?


A. B. C. D.

holds the major league record for most strikeouts by a rookie? A. Dwight Gooden B. Sandy Koufax C. Nolan Ryan D. Bob Gibson

Who was the last rookie to lead the league in batting? A. Tony Oliva B. Rod Carew C. George Brett D. AI Kaline

2. Who


was the youngest pitcher to throw a shutout in the World Series? A. Fernando Valenzuela B. Dwight Gooden C. Jim Palmer D. Don Drysdale


Who was the last Braves pitcher to lead the National League in ERA?. A. Phil Niekro B. Buzz Capra C. Warren Spahn D. Len Barker


Which team has Chuck Knox not been a head coach for? A. Los Angeles Rams B. Detroit Lions C. Buffalo Bilis D. Seattle Seahawks

Which of these players was not a No. 1 pick in the NBA draft? A. James Worthy B. Joe Barry Carroll C. Magic Johnson D. Larry Bird Which university Isiah Thomas attend?


Where did Neil Lomax play college football?


Who was the first player ever drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? A. Ricky Bell B. Lee Roy Selmon C. Richard Wood D. Doug Williams



Which university did Kevin McHale attend?


Who won an Olympic gold medal in boxing as a super heavyweigh~ in 1964? A. George Foreman B. J oe Frazier C. Cassius Clay D. John Tate

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Who is the only American to win gold medals in two Olympic decathlons?

Prior to 1987, who was the last player other than Larry Bird or Moses Malone to win the NBA MVP?


Who was the first pitcher to strike out 300 batters in one season? A. Sandy Koufax B. Bob Feller C. Nolan Ryan D. Bob Gibson


to lead the league or tie for the league lead in home runs with three different teams?



Name the last team that Vince Lombardi coached.


Who was the Dallas Cowboys' first head coach?





Where did San Francisco 49er tight end Russ Francis play college football?


Who is the last player to score six touchdowns in a single game? A. Gale Sayers B. Jim Brown C. Walter Payton D. John Riggins

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