Dan Pastorini, whose woeful 1981 stats come to mind, not his traffic record, was waived by Los Angeles' Rams yesterday--just as another NFL quarterback with a "reputation," Minnesota's Tommy Kramer, was checking into the Anaheim area for an extended stay.
Kramer voluntarily entered Care Unit Hospital in Orange for alcoholic treatment. Newly engaged, Kramer told the Vikings he would be under personal care of Dr. Joseph Pursch, the retired admiral whose patients have included Betty Ford and Billy Carter.
Viking Coach Bud Grant and G.M. Mike Lynn flew out with Kramer; his parents met him at the hospital. Lynn had been concerned since Kramer crashed his auto hours before the Vikings' final game in December--a defeat culminating their slump out of playoff contention. By then, Kramer already had been tagged "I-494 Tommy" in Twin Cities media for the nightclub strip he frequented.
Fiance Cari Baudler said she noticed no drinking "problem" of late and was surprised by Kramer's call revealing he was not in California for a knee exam . . .
With Pastorini gone, drumbeat volume grows over Vince Ferragamo or Bert Jones as prospective Ram . . . Colts owner Robert Irsay, determined to unload Jones: "I think he will go to Los Angeles, although Chicago and Denver might enter the picture" . . . Ferragamo is down to last technical shred tying him to Montreal . . .
George Allen's Alouettes: son Bruce Allen named v.p./operations to oversee team marketing, promotion and finance departments . . . The Redskins: George Christophel, ticket chief, issues good word--no 1982 RFK price rise; they hold at $10, $13, $16, $20.
The (possible) hardshippers: Junior James Worthy, says North Carolina Coach Dean Smith, should turn pro this spring if: "If I knew for sure that James would be the first player picked and by a good team for him, I would suggest he go" . . . Clark Kellogg, another junior forward, chafed recently about Ohio State's "confining, inhibiting" style of play and said, "To be honest, I'm not dismissing it (1982 draft)" . . . Quintin Dailey, the San Francisco junior, is a strong possibility for early NBA--if at liberty . . . Texas' LaSalle Thompson, national rebounding leader, mentions $400,000-$500,000: "If they make me that kind of offer, I'm going to have to take it." But, "If Ralph Sampson goes (pro), I'll be more inclined to stay in school" . . .
Fired: Army's Pete Gaudet, 12-41 as basketball coach . . . All but fired: Wisconsin's Bill Cofield, 61-100 since leaving Terry Holland's Virginia staff . . . Hired: by U. of Detroit, Michigan assistant Don Sicko (pronounced Seek-o).
Died: William O. DeWitt, lifelong baseball executive/owner (Browns, Reds, White Sox, et al.), at 79 in Cincinnati . . .
Them as has, gits. Hollywood Park, a moneymaking horse-racing track, has struck oil on the premises; fans may have to dodge derricks in the parking lots now that a test well, "Pick Six No. 1," has hit crude at 10,000 feet . . .
Boxing tourney next three nights: Potomac Valley amateur, opening rounds, Seat Pleasant Community Center, 7 . . . Plus, 9 a.m. Saturday, free boxing clinic directed by Emerson Smith, Naval Academy coach, and refereeing instruction by Zack Clayton, at Kenilworth Rec Center . . .
Friday: runners' clinic, 6 p.m., Stouffer's Hotel, Arlington, eve of Avon women's 20-kilo event here.
Baseball card/ memorabilia show at Smith Center 10-7 Saturday benefits GWU baseball. See Dave Von Sothen's '64 Griffith Stadium film . . . Game called, hunger: Pembroke State 8, UNC-Charlotte 8, nine innings. "It was 6:25 and getting dark," said Pembroke's coach. "We have lights but the dining hall closes at 6:30." Rematch Saturday at UNCC: after lunch . . .
A. Sam Snead accepts bid to '82 Memorial golf in Ohio, starting May 27-- his 70th birthday . . .Q. "LeFon suffered hairline fracture when opponent's bell guard hit his knuckles as LeFon made a stop cut." What sport?