by RICHARD M. NIXON
This is a Colt team that, barring injuries, will probably go all the way. Now, of course, I haven't seen the other teams yet, but it is hard to imagine any team effectively stopping the Colt offense for very long. The Colts have a great quarterback combined with three ends and two halfbacks who are excellent pass receivers. In addition, they have a driving fullback and speedy breakaway runners.
The college boys were simply unable to halt the balanced Colt offense, and when the All-Stars had the ball they lacked the stuff to move it. The injury early in the game, when Halfback Don Brown of Houston suffered a concussion, was a tremendous psychological blow for the All-Stars. Of course, the All-Star Game is always difficult for the college boys. They haven't worked together long as a team nor had they had much time to learn the new plays.
But the team this year, compared with last year's team that beat Detroit, had one major lack: the team this year did not have a great breakaway runner like Bobby Mitchell. The passing looked good, especially the flat passing, but the team was weak on receivers, and the running simply was not fast enough. One thing you have to hand to the All-Stars is that they scrapped all the way.
What all of this points up is the fact that pro football is an exciting and superb game and demands a high level of training and skill. Now in the regular pro league, if the Colts had been playing the Giants, the Colts' 29-0 lead at the half would not have been overwhelming. With a passer like that Old Man Conerly and a breakaway runner like Gifford, the Giants could have come back and tied or perhaps won the game. But what we may be seeing in the Colts is one of those great pro teams, like the Cleveland Browns of a few years ago, that has gotten to the top of the heap and is going to stay there for a long time.
Mr. Blandings' Dream Stadium
Last May, when the San Francisco Giants were in fourth place, it didn't seem to matter much that work on Candlestick Park was going slowly. Compared to Walter O'Malley's frustrations with Chavez Ravine, Horace Stoneham's troubles were minor: he let San Francisco build him a beautiful $10.5 million park, which he obtained on a 35-year lease, paying only $125,000 a year rent, with Stoneham to receive all concession revenues. True, there were certain disquieting happenings that called to mind the sleepless ordeal of Mr. Blandings building his dream house. The architect, John Bolles, forgot to provide for a backstop. The contractor, Charles Harney, who contracted to do $7,046,000 worth of work on the stadium, did not think of it right away either. A backstop is going to cost somebody, maybe the city, maybe the contractor, maybe even Stoneham, an extra $45,000. But that has been trivial, more of a joke than anything else, bringing up suggestions that customers behind home plate wear catcher's masks and chest protectors.
Last week, however, San Francisco-was looking forward to a World Series, and the slow progress on Candlestick Park became nightmarish. "The biggest disgrace we could possibly suffer is not to be ready!" cried Mayor George Christopher. "Those boys are playing their hearts out for us!"
Horace Stoneham revealed that until May he had expected to be in the new park by July. Candlestick Park (named for Candlestick Cove) is being built by Stadium, Inc., a nonprofit organization which borrowed $2 million in private capital, gave Contractor Harney 5% tax-free notes for his work and some land, and made up the rest with a $5 million city bond issue. Season tickets for games in the old Seals Stadium (capacity: 24,000) were delivered only through half the season, under the belief that 1959's remaining games would be played in the new park. Next, the move was postponed to September. When a local paper reported that the betting was 2 to 1 that Candlestick Park wouldn't open in September, Harney offered to take all such bets.
But in a 90-minute crisis session in Mayor Christopher's office last week, the best that could be promised was that the new stadium would be partly ready for the World Series, in the event the Giants win the National League pennant.