The baddies among New York baseball fans re-established a reputation won by their buddies at Shea Stadium in the Reds-Mets playoff of 1973 with the Wednesday night World Series performance that elicited such labels as "animals!" from players and civilized observers.
British soccer fans may yet be worse.
Just a couple weeks after Manchester United's notoriously rowdy following tore up St. Etienne, France, and cost their team a home date in a European home-and-home tourney draw, the English team went to Luxembourg for a World Cup qualification match. Never again, swear the citizens of the tiny nation on the continent.
"The grand duchy will futurely refuse to play any English team in an international match. We'd sooner default," said Rene van den Bulcke, who doubles as chairman of the Luxemburg Football Federation and speaker of the House in the national parliament.
The match - 2-0. England - went cleanly, but as the newspaper Tageblatt reported. "It was not our team, but the capital that was wrecked by the English . . . The 5,000 mostly drunken supporters stormed the city . . . The (British) island's complete idiots" smashed windows and windshields, intimidated people in the street, instigated pub brawls, disrupted traffic, tore down fencing and benches at the stadium.
Damage: Thousands of francs' worth. Injuries: Six persons cut and bruised. Arrests: Hardly any. Luxembourg's police force is shy of manpower . . .[TEXT OMITTED FROM SOURCE] club will be very much alive in '78. Offered the managership to Woody Woodward, former National League infielder who has made quite a rep as baseball coach at Florida State. He's thinking it over. And, of course, the Pelican franchise could be transferred. To Alexandria, Va., or someplace, uh-huh . . . Nice to see the local guys survive - Duane Carrell out of Wilson High Catching on with his umpth NFL team as the St. Louis Cardinals' new punter . . .
When games are reported to the sports department, once in a while we have to question the correspondent on field goals listed as 16 or 17 yards. Come on, we tell 'em, you're forgetting the change in statistics a few years ago in which you count it from spot where ball was kicked to goal-posts. So when Kent State's summary from last week's victory over Western Michigan credited Kent's Paul Marchese with a 16-yarder, the NCAA flagged it with an inquiry. It's true, Kent replied: the ball was on the Western Michigan half-yard line, and Marchese boots from only six yards behind the line of scrimmage, not the usual seven.
Apparently he has the record for shortest collegiate field goal.