"I went home and my wife, Janice, was packing so that we could leave Atlantic City and move on to Garden State. I said, 'Guess how many winners I rode today?' She said, 'How many?' 'Five,' I said. 'Five on top of the three yesterday to make eight in a row and it ties the world record!" "Oh!" she said, 'that's fine,' and went right on packing."
BY ANY OTHER NAME
Michael Angelo Musmanno, a justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, has spent a good deal of time fighting Communism. Recently he wrote Fred Hutchinson, manager of the Cincinnati Reds, suggesting that they change their name to something more American. Justice Musmanno is filled with horror at the prospect of some such headline as REDS MURDER YANKS. He thinks it might cause as much mental fallout as Orson Welles's message from Mars. The trouble with Judge Musmanno is that he has written to the wrong man. The Cincinnati Reds have been the Reds since 1866, some 50 years before the Soviet government came into existence (the Russians do not claim to have invented baseball) Let the judge write Khrushchev and tell him to change the Russian nickname.
THE TROUBLE WITH STEAK
A report in The Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that the emphasis on steak for athletes may be—if you'll pardon the expression—overdone. Normally athletes eat steak before performing because of an age-old theory that it gives added energy. Lately players on two football teams, the University of Nebraska and the Detroit Lions, have begun gulping a liquid called Sustagen before games. An average serving of Sustagen provides 925 calories and seems to eliminate pregame nausea, "cotton mouth" (dry mouth) and muscular cramps. Many of the athletes who have used the drink claim that it improves their strength and endurance during play. The athletic departments, for their part, approve the liquid because it costs about one-fifth as much as steak. We wouldn't be at all surprised to learn shortly that Sustagen is being adopted throughout the nation and that America's athletes are spending less and less time at the old training table, and more and more time drinking.