People, Apr. 16, 1979

In Washington to support legislation for boxing reforms, Sportscaster Howard Cosell paused to pontificate on sports shortcomings. The master of multisyllabicism and monotone was particularly exercised by the overriding "syndrome" that winning is everything. This, harrumphed Howard, was all the fault of sportswriters. "Before we ever televised a game, the press did it. Let's put the blame where it belongs." The only thing wrong with telecasters, as far as the New York University Phi Beta Kappa could see, was that ex-jock commentators on networks other than ABC don't talk too good. They "consider...

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