Now the White House says it doesn't want to contribute any money to the fund. Administration officials contend that the developing countries, many of which are already overburdened by foreign debt, should borrow from the World Bank or other international financial institutions. The White House says that these institutions already have the resources and the structure to provide the needed aid. However, in a letter to President Bush on behalf of himself and 11 other senators last week, Republican Senator John Chafee of Rhode Island called for an immediate reversal of the decision, which, as he put it, "has isolated the U.S. and placed us in an untenable position.... There has rarely been, we believe, a better example of being 'penny-wise and pound-foolish.' "
NO! NO! NO!
CANNED IN BOSTON
Losing a deciding playoff game at hallowed Boston Garden, as the Celtics did to the Knicks on May 6, was a chilling experience for a franchise that once was invincible in big games at home. But the firing of coach Jimmy Rodgers two days later smelled of panic.
Rodgers, supposedly a member of the Celtics "family" that management gushes about, had the head job for only two seasons, the first spent without Larry Bird (heel surgery), the next without point guard Brian Shaw (who bolted to Italy). Granted, Rodgers was nobody's candidate for coach of the year. He never settled on a clear player rotation, and some Celtic veterans complained that his offense was over-regimented. But contrary to reports, Bird and the other vets did not lobby for Rodgers's firing. Rodgers did a creditable job, winning 42 games (40 without Bird) in 1988-89, and 52 this season without Shaw, who would have provided the speed and the transition game Boston so sorely lacked.
These are not the Celtics of yore. The Fab Four—Larry Bird, Dennis Johnson, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish—are old and plodding, and if Boston's boss, Red Auerbach, thinks he could have returned to the bench, sprinkled a few cigar ashes over this team and won a title, he's sadly mistaken.
The Celts have been reeling since the death of top 1986 draft pick Len Bias, the player who would have taken them into the '90s. But Rodgers's firing was not the bold move they need. It was just another case of making the coach a scapegoat.
RUNNING IT UP
Last week the Leonard ( Texas) High baseball team pounded Chisum High 46-5 in a game stopped after 4� innings under a mercy rule. In the process, Leonard also routed sportsmanship, stealing 53 bases—only five shy of the national high school record of 58 it set in a 33-1 defeat of Chisum last month. When asked why he had his team steal base after base against the overmatched Chisum players, Leonard coach Bill Francis said, "I was hoping they would throw us out."
Proof that the NHL's officiating system needs reform was never more evident than in Game 3 of the Wales Conference finals in Washington, during which the Capitals' Dale Hunter assaulted two Boston Bruins without being penalized.