The Cincinnati Bengals of Graham's old mentor, Paul Brown, are planning to outfit QB Ken Anderson in a $190 flak jacket made by the inventor who equiped Houston's Dan Pastorini with one the past playoff season . . . And in case the new NFL kidgloves rules aren't fail-safe, the Browns have been checking into a specially cushioned helmet for the current Cleveland quarterback, Brian Sipe . . . Just as the Journal of the American Medical Association is out with a study showing that the decrease in football fatalities in recent years is offset by an increase in broken necks resulting in total paralysis.
The report, by Joseph S. Torg and colleagues at the U. of Pennsylvania Sports Medicine Center, documents among 1,129 serious football injuries (mostly among high school and college players) since 1971, a total of 550 broken necks-176 bringing paralysis from the neck down.
Once again, the warning is out to quit using those modern helmets, such a factor in reducing head injuries, as battering rams in tackling and blocking, thus risking dire damage to the cervical spine. . .
A three-member panel of the National Stock Car Racing Commission, appeals body for NASCAR, has ended the three-month probation imposed Feb. 20 on Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison for their shenanigans in the Daytona 500. The clearance came a day after Yarborough, wrecking for the third time in his last seven races, was blamed by Buddy Baker for a crackup that knocked both out of Sunday's Southeastern 500. A spokesman for the commission said, Lifting these probations, at this time, is in the best interest of stock car racing." Oh? How's that? That, folks, is "the entire statement of the commission" . . .
Ivy League Brown U. hasn't regretted recruiting Wayne Singleton, former Teddy Roosevelt High football and track standout here. Coach John Anderson, after watching Singleton, 5-9, 175, lead the Bruin Cubs (frosh can't play varsity football in the Ivy) in rushing and scoring, said, "Wayne is explosive, the kind of runner who just will not go down . . . I know he will be an important part of next year's varsity" . . .
At Central State of Ohio, quarterback Jeff Postell, out of Wilson H.S. in the District, will captain the 1979 team for incoming Coach Joe Redmond (outgoing from Maryland-Eastern Shore). The 6-4, 200-pound Postell passed for a school-record 1,592 yards at the Wilberforce, Ohio, school last season.