THE INSIDE TRACK
?A real world series—Japan vs. U.S.—will be played in 1964 in Tokyo (probably during the Olympic Games) if Old Japan Hand Lefty O'Doul can convince Commissioner Ford Frick that Japanese baseball is now at the big league level (see "The Polite Americans," next page).
?Burned when Texas beat SMU by only 10 points last Saturday ( Texas had been a 20-point favorite but won by only 17-7), bettors blamed a gambling conspiracy. During a seven-inch rain the night before the game persons unknown removed the tarpaulin protecting Memorial Stadium field. The water stood ankle deep next morning and the field was still wet and muddy at game time—which served to hold down the score.
?The Sun Bowl, third-oldest postseason football game, will be abandoned after this year unless El Paso, Texas voters approve a $1.75 million bond issue for construction of a 30,000-seat stadium. Sponsors say they can't meet expenses with the current capacity of 12,000.
?Look for Maryland to push back into national football prominence next year. Coach Tom Nugent, in his second season, is recruiting with the zeal of his predecessor, the late Jim Tatum, and prospects are good: of Nugent's first 22 men, nine are sophomores, eight juniors.
?Blame pro basketball's dismal debut in Los Angeles (only 4,008 in 15,000-seat Sports Arena, instead of predicted 10,000) on inept front-office operation. The transplanted Lakers did almost nothing to promote the game, thus alienated sophisticated southern California, which is accustomed to major league sport and which likes hoop-la and high pressure (half-time shows, card stunts, bands, klieg lights, etc.).
NOT SINCE DRAKE
When England beat Spain last week to regain the soccer supremacy of Europe, it was the finest hour in Anglo-Hispanic relations (for the British, anyway) since Drake sank the Armada. "Oh! Wonderful England," hallooed a Daily Express writer, "the fightingest England I have ever thrilled upon." In the closing minutes of play, the victors rubbed Spanish noses in defeat by freezing the ball (an old Spanish trick) with mocking arrogance. Latin tempers flared, British tempers responded, and there was scuffling after the final whistle. But one loser, star forward Alfredo Di Stefano, proved a sportsman. He gave England's Jim Armfield his jersey, as a prized if gamy memento of a glorious day for old England.
Anne Hayes, wife of Ohio State's Woody, showed her football-coach husband a paragraph from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in which Darrell Royal of Texas spoke favorably of the Ohio State halfback trap play. Hayes, who abandoned the play a few years ago, quietly reinstated it for the Ohio State-Michigan State game last Saturday. First time it was used a sophomore halfback burst outside tackle and went 46 yards for a touchdown.
IT HURTS SO GOOD
The University of Wisconsin has done some experimental work involving the use of two centers of human reason: the cerebral cortex (which is man's highest reasoning apparatus) and the primitive brain centers (which are what make you jump when you're stuck with a pin). A theory evolved at Wisconsin states that in everyday, routine use the muscles are controlled by the highest reasoning centers. But in extremes—as in a crisis (when a man finds the superhuman strength to lift an overturned auto off his trapped child) or in the agony phase of exhaustion (the end of a marathon race or a 15-round fight, when the competitor unconsciously struggles on)—the cortex shuts down and the primitive brain centers take over.