EXERCISE IN MAGIC
Students at Pleasure Ridge Park High in Jefferson County, Ky. imposed a strict rule of silence on themselves in an effort to wheedle some consideration out of the fickle gods of defeat—the football team had lost eight straight games. It was an idea thought up by the cheerleaders.
Apart from giggles and the screaking of chalk, complete quiet reigned on the "day of silence," from 8:00 in the morning till 2:30 in the afternoon. With the faculty quietly enthusiastic, communication in class was carried on by written notes and messages on blackboards. Some ingenious students wore signs with Yes, No and Hello written on them, pointing to the appropriate word as necessary.
Then, shortly after 2:30, the students' vocal cords were officially unleashed in a gigantic, blow-the-lid-off pressure cooker of a pep rally. The team immediately lost to Valley High School 21-6. Back, as they say, to the drawing board.
THE INSIDE TRACK
?Officials of the American Football League are about ready to shift the Oakland franchise to either Portland or Seattle for the 1962 season. Reason: poor attendance.
?Despite chances of a dull mismatch, the Floyd Patterson-Tom McNeeley fight scheduled for Toronto on December 4 is selling tickets ($50, $30, $20) at the rate of $1,000 a day. Reason: much Canadian expense account money has been set aside for the December 2 Grey Cup football game, and many corporations are allowing their executives to stay over to entertain clients at the fight.
? Mississippi already has accepted a bid to play in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day at Dallas. School officials will not make the announcement public until after the team's last regular-season game on December 2.
ADIOS, ADIOS BUTLER
"Come on he-yuh," growled the old caretaker indulgently as he hitched Adios Butler to a sulky. The world's fastest harness racer obediently stood still. A little later, snorting plumes of vapor in the frosty night air at New York's Roosevelt Raceway, the Butler won his last race—the National Pacing Derby. There was a polite spatter of applause, that was all. The absence of any deep emotion was understandable, for he somehow is almost totally lacking in charisma, the thing that made people jump for Whirlaway and JFK. Fans respected his greatness, but they did not love him.