"There is nothing involved here," said Contractor Harney, "that somebody spending some money can't help."
"We have had problems of everything under the sun," said Architect Bolles. "But the contract calls for an arbitrator to settle disputes while the contractor continues working. Charley hasn't done that. He only ordered the last batch of seats yesterday, and with the steel strike and all...."
"It wasn't yesterday," growled the contractor. "It was last Friday."
"Who got the contract?" asked Mayor Christopher. "I'll put some pressure on them!"
"Now, wait a minute, George," said Harney. "Let's not get those American Seating Co. boys in it. They're O.K."
"I want that stadium ready!" cried Mayor Christopher. "By God, I want that stadium ready!"
At the end of the meeting, it seemed likely that 34,000 of the 48,000 seats of Candlestick Park will be ready for occupants by World Series time. Of course, the Giants could easily erase the whole mess by losing a few games and dropping out of the pennant race. But nobody in San Francisco expects them to do so.
No athletes are more zealously dedicated to their game than lacrosse players. When Gene Corrigan, who coaches lacrosse at the University of Virginia, heard that the sport is entrenched in Australia, it seemed only natural to gather a group of American players and, in a mixed spirit of missionary zeal and competitiveness, offer to send them 10,000 miles to demonstrate how lacrosse is supposed to be played. Love to have you, said the Aussies, and last month two dozen eager young Americans from the University of Virginia and Washington & Lee reached Australia for a barnstorming tour. There were surprises all around.
The Australians got Surprise No. 1 as they watched the Americans jog onto the field at Perth. Protected only by padded cloth caps and wrist-length gloves themselves, the Aussies wondered why their guests were wearing fiber-glass helmets, face guards, forearm-length gloves, shoulder and body padding. "Are they going to box or play lacrosse?" asked one baffled official. He got his answer when the Americans went into action, swinging their sticks with carefree abandon and, in classic North American fashion, throwing their opponents almost as often as the ball.