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January 27, 1986

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) _ Thousands of cable customers here missed the much of the second half of the Super Bowl after transmission wires were deliberately cut at four different locations, officials of Rollins Cable-Vision said.

It was the second consecutive year that the NFL championship was interrupted by a service outage, said James H. Helfgott, Rollins’ local marketing manager. Last year, cold weather caused a cable outage for part of the San Francisco-Miami game, he said.

The outage on Sunday occurred just as Chicago Bears’ quarterback Jim McMahon started a 1-yard run through the New England Patriot’s defensive line to produce a 30-3 third-quarter lead. It was a move about 10,000 customers missed, Helfgott said.

″We have been out there and the cables were cut ... in at least four locations,″ Helfgott said. ″We are satisfied that it was definitely sabotage.″

Most subscribers got their service back by 9 p.m. because extra repair crews had been pressed into service for the weekend game, but by then most fans had deserted the restaurants or bars where they had gathered to watch the game and they had to wait to hear about the 46-10 rout by the Bears.

″Chicago was on its way to scoring,″ when the cable went out, said Barbara Braswell, a bartender at the Drummer’s Table Restaurant at Prices Corner. ″Of course everyone was upset. Right in the middle of the Super Bowl.″


PARIS (AP) - The French press was whimsical toward all the hype surrounding Super Bowl XX in New Orleans which featured the first live TV broadcast available to French homes by Canal Plus, France’s pay-TV channel.

Le Matin, Liberation and Le Figaro all had articles in their weekend editions centering on the hoopla that is part of any Super Bowl. Super Bowl XX was won by Chicago, 46-10 over New England on Sunday.

Liberation even had a full page devoted to the game. L’Equipe, the sports daily, however, ran only a brief mention of the contest in referring to the telecast on Sunday night. That was in sharp contrast to the story and picture it ran when the All-Star baseball game was shown earlier in January.

The French press’ view of the Super Bowl differed through misinterpretation of the facts and figures of the game.

For example, depending of which paper you read, The Superdome held 60,000, 70,000 or 75,000 people. The 2,400 journalists covering the event were more than the 1,000 or 2,000 journalists at ″le Supermatch Reagan-Gorbatchev au Superdome de Geneve.″

The papers even differed on who was playing. The Chicago Bears, or les Ours de Chicago were battling the New England or Boston Patriots or Patriotes de Nouvelle-Angleterre.

At least they were close in the translation of those names. In reviewing some past champions, Liberation remembered ″les Bombadiers d’Auckland.″ Otherwise known as the Oakland Raiders at the time.


PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - Dan Mardian has been elected the new president of the Sunkist Fiesta Bowl, officials announced.

Mardian, owner of a Phoenix construction company, will be in charge of the bowl’s activities for 1986-87.

He succeeds past president Tom Nick. The 15-year-old Fiesta Bowl elects a new president every year.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Golf course designer Jack Nicklaus and land developer Lyle Anderson have announced for an 8,000-acre development in north Scottsdale that will be zoned for 6,000 residential units and three golf courses.

The master-planned community is to be known as Desert Mountain and construction also is underway on the first golf course called Renegade. It is expected to be open in the spring of 1987 and be accessible to the public on a limited basis.

Nicklaus said a unique feature of the Renegade course will be oversized greens with two pins creating varying difficulty for golfers.

″It’s a neat concept,″ Nicklaus said. ″I’ve never tried it before. I think it’s a first for anybody. You could walk the fairways together and play to different pins.″

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