Three Floyd Patterson- Ingemar Johansson fights are enough, a feeling apparently shared by both boxers when they agreed to "no-return guarantees" for their fight this week. There is now a logical contender to take on the heavyweight champion, a contender named Sonny Liston, who last week knocked out Howard King in Miami Beach, winning his 25th consecutive bout. But behind Liston is the shadow of "the mob" (SI, Aug. 29).
This week Senator Estes Kefauver will probably introduce a bill into the U.S. Senate calling for a "czar" to supervise boxing and keep it clean. We hope the czar's first order of business will be to eliminate that shadow—or else establish that it no longer has substance. Then the czar should make it clear to everyone that Liston must be the first to get a crack at the heavyweight championship.
The Northeast Regionals of the NCAA College Division basketball tournament began last weekend in Springfield, Mass. Williams, Bates, Springfield and Rochester were there—but Buffalo wasn't. If you happen to be in Buffalo this week, ask anyone in town why Buffalo wasn't in the tournament, and you'll get a rather strong opinion.
Nearly everyone in Buffalo had assumed, and reasonably so, that Buffalo would be invited to the tournament if it beat Rochester in the next-to-last game of the regular season, played in Buffalo. Coming up to that game, Buffalo had beaten some of the nation's major-college teams, and its season's record was better than Rochester's. The meeting apparently proved Buffalo's superiority. With six minutes to go, Buffalo led by 19 points. Then, playing with substitutes, Buffalo won 76-69. But Rochester got the invitation to the tournament.
J. Shober Barr, chairman of the selection committee, then explained, "The committee felt that if the Buffalo- Rochester game had been played on a neutral court that Rochester would have won." Not one member of the committee had seen the game. Of the committee's six members, one is from Bates, one is from Springfield, one is from Rochester—and none is from Buffalo.
BEERLESS IN BEERVILLE
Milwaukee is, of course, a city which likes to believe it made beer famous. On April 11, however, when Milwaukee fans file into County Stadium to see their Braves play the Cardinals in the opening game of the National League season, they will be unable to tote their "handy six-packs" through the turnstiles.
Last week the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors voted that Milwaukeeans would have to buy their beer inside the park. Beer prices for the carry-in trade ranged from 12� to 18� a can; a beer inside the park costs 30�. The reasoning of the Supervisors seems to be that the higher the cost the less chance of thrown cans or excessive to-and-fro movement in the stands.