Snake to another touchdown with Ken Stabler, stuff a hoop and a ballot box with David Thompson and Julius Erving, sweep along with Ted Marchibroda, sing "Anchors Aweigh" along with Don King and you've skimmed the top off today's FanFare.
Stabler is the Hickok Belt winner for the first Washington presentation in the diamond-studded trophy's 27-year history . . . Thompson and Erving, the ABA transplants who have produced as promise - court and gate - int he merged big league, are the top vote-pullers in the final tally for the NBA all-star teams . . . Coach Marchibroda and the Baltimore Colts have begun the expected post-Joe-Thomas house-cleaning by sacking the tutor of the "Sack Pack" defensive line and another assistant . . . And fight promoter King and the U.S. Navy liked the U.S.S. Lexington openers of his national championship tournament so well that the second set of quarterfinals will be another joint venture - in Halsey Field House at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.
The Hickok voting for pro athlete of the year by sportswriter and casters was one of the closet ever before Stabler, who never won one of the monthly Hickok awards along the way, pulled it out with his triumph as the Oakland Raiders won the Super Bowl. The lefthanded quarterback polled 135 points, notching 31 first-place votes on 3-2-1 basis for first to third; Joe Morgan of baseball's Cincinnati Reds was runner-up, 128 points (28 firsts); Chris Evert a strong third, highest finish ever by a woman, with 108 1/2 points (25 firsts). Mark Fidrych, Jimmy Connors and O.J. Simpson were next in order. Stabler is the fifth football player to win the belt, currently valued at upward of $20,000 if he'd ever need to hock it. Stabler will accept it at the Touchdown Club's 29th annual awards dinner Saturday evening in the Sheraton Park - where he already was due to receive a Timmie as AFC player of the year . . .