For those with that run-down feelingThere comes a point...

Off the beat

October 06, 1991

For those with that run-down feeling

There comes a point when every marathon runner hits the proverbial wall -- the point, usually at about 20 miles into the race, when the energy is sapped and it seems impossible to go on.

Runners in the Toronto Marathon today will be able to run through that wall. Organizers will erect a wall, actually an arch, at the 32-kilometer mark as a reminder to the runners.

Why the coach wears headphones

Jamie Williams, 49ers tight end, was a guest disc jockey on San Francisco's KRQR-FM Tuesday morning and told listeners: "I'm going to let you in on a little secret -- George Seifert is a Billy Idol fan."

He then played Idol's "Rebel Yell" and "White Wedding" in honor of his beleaguered coach.

Get a grip

A football developed by former baseball club owner Charlie Finley gets good grades from the University of Michigan equipment manager.

"That football right now is probably one of the grippiest on the field today," Jon Falk said.

Finley said once he found out what was making the ball tough to grasp, the solution followed.

"It's those little pebbles that stick out on the football that make it hard to grip," Finley said. "I figured, 'Why not invert the pebbles and make the ball more grippable?"

The new ball has been approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations and the NCAA.

Hail to the other chief

Coach Jim Mora's New Orleans Saints (5-0) are off to the best record in the franchise's 25-year history. That explains why President Bush, at a fund-raiser for Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer in New Orleans, said: "We started to taxi up in that magnificent new Air Force One, and there's a red carpet out to greet me. Then I found out it was for Jim Mora."

Who will share the blame?

German golfer Bernhard Langer, whose missed final putt cost Europe the Ryder Cup last weekend, said it is unfair to make him the scapegoat.

"I guess I will always be remembered as the guy who missed the putt which lost the Ryder Cup," Langer said, speaking about the traumatic 18th hole.

Langer, in the final match, had needed to hole the 6-foot putt to beat Hale Irwin and keep the cup out of American hands.

"All I can say is that I tried my best, played extremely well to get into that position and I feel it's unfair to blame one guy," Langer said.

"I took it that way myself at first because I am hard on myself but I now think we should have won the match earlier on.

"I misread the putt because of spike marks but it wasn't a bad stroke. If I had stood there shaking or had pushed it one way or another that would be different," he said.

The quote

Golfer Hale Irwin, on the pressure during the Ryder Cup: "When you hear 'USA, USA, USA' . . . I couldn't breathe, I couldn't swallow . . . The sphincter factor is high."

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