As a basketball player at Virginia, Kenny Lambiotte was basically a spear-carrier on a team led by Ralph Sampson. Seeing little future on the courts, he decided to try football.
He went to football Coach George Welsh and asked if he could try out for quarterback. Welsh offered little encouragement, so Lambiotte decided to take his act elsewhere. He transferred to William & Mary.
In last Saturday's game between Virginia and William & Mary, Lambiotte completed 29 of 37 passes for 307 yards and 3 touchdowns and ran for 2 more scores.
William & Mary won, 41-37.
Said Denver Coach Dan Reeves, when asked about the lifetime contract the Broncos supposedly are planning to offer John Elway: "I have one of those right now. Of course, as soon as you start losing, you lose your life. They declare you legally dead."
Said Dallas Coach Tom Landry, when asked how Cowboy quarterback Steve Pelluer will handle the Raider rush Sunday: "The Raiders won't rattle Steve. He has a lot of poise. We weren't sure until the Denver game when he started. But anybody who survived that game with his life has to be unusual."
Add Raiders: Says Lester Hayes: "The next seven games are Silver and Black victories. I want to still have an opportunity to play those guys at 5,000 feet again. If we play John (Goose Gooden) Elway again, we will be victorious. I don't want to be home being St. Nick in December. That thought is null and void."
Trivia Time: What do quarterbacks Steve Young of Tampa Bay, Boomer Esiason of Cincinnati and Paul McDonald of Dallas have in common? (Answer below.)
Among the sports figures winning in congressional races Tuesday were former quarterback Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.) and former pitcher Jim Bunning (R-Ky.).
Among the losers in senatorial races were Endicott Peabody (D-N.H.), a former Harvard All-American football guard, and Ed Garvey (D-Wis.), former NFL Players Assn. executive director .
In California, two former Pac-10 quarter-milers, Alan Cranston (Stanford) and Tom Bradley (UCLA), had mixed results, Cranston winning the senatorial gold and Bradley settling for the gubernatorial silver.
Locally, former UCLA and Ram running back Rob Scribner came up short in the 27th District as a Republican candidate for Congress.
No, those 50 points by Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls against the New York Knicks last Saturday night were not a record for an NBA opener.
On Oct. 20, 1961, Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers scored 57 points against the Lakers. The following night, he had 53 against the Knicks.
Trivia Answer: All three are left-handed.
Utah Jazz Coach Frank Layden, on when he realized he needed to lose weight: "I was standing on a corner wearing a blue suit and yellow hat and three people came by and dropped off their film in my pocket."