Egad! New York, debt-ridden New York, and Munich, bloody Munich, have edged into prominence as most likely to succeed Los Angeles as locale for the 1984 Olympics - if the City of Angels and the IOC fall to resolve their conflicts.
Not to mention, but we'd better, previous sites Montreal and Mexico City also in the wings.
Lord Killanin said yesterday in Lausanne, Switzerland, he hopes L.A. reconsiders its tentative withdrawal as the only bidder for the '84 spectacular. At about the same time, Los Angeles City Council began such a reconsideration process - refusing to vote on Mayor Tom Bradley's throw-up-his-hands request of Tuesday that they forget all about it. And the private Olympic Organizing Committee that was supposed to take the financial burden off the California taxpayers asked the IOC for a month's extension in the July 31 deadline for a signed agreement and for a face-to-face meeting to thrash out the issue.
Killanin meantime wrote Robert Kane, president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, saying he is willing to extend the deadline for a definitive yes or no from Los Angeles to Aug. 21 - allowing time for him to meet with Kane and Bradley, if they will, in Europe prior to the IOC Executive Board meeting in wicket of Los Angeles' refusal to accept municipal financial responsibility for the Games, well, Munich's Mayor Erich Kiesl says his burg is ready to put the 1972 Olympic (marred by the terrorist massacre) facilities to use again - and Gov. Hugh Carey of New York says he would welcome the opportunity to explore putting the Big City before the USOC as possible substitute host.
Dizzying, ain't it . . .
It will be Lonnie Perrin Night, so declared by the D.C. Coaches Association and seconded by Mayor Walter Washington, tomorrow when the Interhigh's top graduated senior footballers mix in the 10th annual all-star game at 8 p.m. in RFK Stadium. Meantime, Perrin of Denver's Supper Bowl Broncos has paid visits to the East and West camps as an inspirational force. He played in the third all-star contest after winning the Washington Post Player of the Year honors on All-Met and went on to a fine academic and athletic career at Illinois. The rugged running back says he would like to give something back to the program that helped him make it - he always has remembered his home city, dropping by gyms and playgrounds to talk to youngsters - and he'd like to fly the MVP on each team to Denver for a Bronco game . . .
Another of those student newspapers that from time to time stirs up Big Ten athletic dirt that the metropolitan papers failed to sniff out (if it did exist) has kicked up a dizzy at U. of Minnesota. Football Coach Cal Stoll says he would love to have the NCAA come in (with previous probes, it knows its way around the Minneapolis campus) and clear his good name after the Minnesota Daily's "scoop." In a copyrighted article, the Daily reported on interviews with more than two dozen players siad to reveal Stoll's reputation as a source of illegal loans to his boys. The story quoted unidentified sources as saying Stoll lent from $20 to $100 to players and paid a $900 telephone bill for one of the team members. The players deny it; some said they were pulling the reporter's leg.
The bighearted bookies in Vegas narrowed the odds on Pete Rose eclipsing Tommy Holmes' 37-game modern National League batting streak record from 5-1 to 4 1/2-1 going into last night's play - and said if Rose made it 32 the price would drop to 4-1 today, etc. until at the 37th game, Rose would probably be even money and for the 38th, a probably favorite. The 1,000 to 1 (but no bets accepted yet) against Cincinnati's finest beating the streak that beat all streaks held for the moment; big deal. For what nonbargain that is, listen to the word to Rose from the official NL statisticians:
"Congratulations! The odds against you hitting in 31 straight games were 2,784-1 but now you are tied for ninth place on the all-time hitting streak list. Nobody in the last 29 years batted safely more times in a row.
"But here's where it really starts getting tough.
"As a .311 lifetime hitter, coming in to bat an average of, say, four times a game, the odds on you breaking Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting steak are 2.16 million to one.
"That might seem too much to overcome, but consider if you were a mere .250 hitter, like most of the other players around. The odds on breaking the 56-game streak would be 2.6 trillion to one. Take comfort in that."
"Regards from your friends Seymour Siwoff and Steve Hirdt, Elias Sports Bureau."