Comedian Jerry Lewis told a Texas audience: " Nixon is such a good loser they ought to make him coach of the Dallas Cowboys."
That huge daily-double payoff at California's Golden Gate Fields the other day left at least one racing expert on the verge of hysteria. Abe Kemp, veteran reporter for the San Francisco Examiner, asked Trainer Jimmy Sinnott if his horse, Oriolo, had a chance in the first race. Said Sinnott: "It would take a miracle." Then Kemp asked Jockey Roy Yaka if Covinan had a chance in the second race. "I have come to the conclusion," said Yaka, "that this horse is a bum." Of course, both horses won and produced a payoff of $8,711.40, third highest in North American racing history. "Would anybody," Kemp said later through his anguish, "parlay a miracle and a bum?"
TIP TO THE TOP
For 60 years undergraduates at Cambridge University have been sallying forth at midnight to climb all over the roofs of the institution's 19 colleges. It is the English equivalent of goldfish eating or crowding into phone booths. This night climbing, or stegophilia, has now received literary recognition in the form of a little book containing advice on footholds, drainpipe and chimneying techniques and many secrets about Mutton-hole Turret, Temptation Wall, Devil's Tower, 1834 Corner and other forbidding spots. The book limits itself to the rooftops of one college and is entitled Night Climber's Guide to Trinity.
The budding stegophile will find, for example, that there is ample finger room behind the first drain on the great gate, and "those whose drainpipe technique is adequate will reach the top without too much difficulty." The book warns that "the growth of undergraduate enthusiasm toward night climbing has evoked a proportional increase in official disenchantment," but "who would wish it otherwise?" It is true that some few climbers have fallen, damaging both themselves and the buildings. One gentleman climbed to the roof of the chapel after a riotous evening of drink and merriment and took the shortest way down, thus giving the spot its present name: Sandy's Drop. Some climbers say it is little hazards like this that give roof walking its allure. Others say they climb the roofs of Cambridge because they are there. Only the London Times has given the dedicated stegophile a full measure of understanding: "His goal is pure and innocent, and his purpose the sublimer fellowship of sky and stars: which who would thwart must surely be lacking in true nobility of soul."
THE INSIDE TRACK
?When the Kefauver subcommittee reopens its boxing hearings early next month, one surprise item will be the payola lavished on sportswriters by promoters to insure good press relations. "This is not just a case of an occasional bottle of whisky or a free weekend at a resort," says a committee source. "Our reports show that some managers and matchmakers have paid out as much as $250,000 a year to writers."
?One of Olympic hero Jack McCartan's handicaps in winning the Rangers' goal-tending job was his U.S. citizenship. Canadians dominate the NHL and, proud of their national sport, resent "outsiders." When McCartan was sent down to the Eastern League recently, one NHL player remarked, "He'd better take out Canadian citizenship papers if he wants to come back."
? Illinois Athletic Director Ray Eliot is simmering over the U. of Missouri's football recruiting efforts in his state. Missouri has 17 Illinois boys on the freshman squad and its scouts are out digging for more.
?The Sally League, oldest Class A baseball association in the nation, will play without a Georgia team next year for the first time in its 56-year history. Long gone are Augusta, Savannah and Columbus, and as good as gone is Macon, which will lose its franchise to Greenville, S.C.