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?The gate at the Sonny Liston-Albert Westphal fight in Philadelphia, announced as only 2,432, was held down by two of the city's biggest papers, the Inquirer and News (combined circulation 889,658). Editors met weeks before the fight and decided not to take any part in publicizing it. They felt that Liston's arrest record makes him the type of person who should not be held in esteem by the youth of Philadelphia.
? Vanderbilt, the "Ivy League School of the South," may revise its football program to regain its onetime stature as a national power. The athletic council is toying with the idea of providing a special football dormitory and increasing the yearly athletic scholarship allotment by 50%.
THE GOLDEN MEAN
The All-America football teams get curiouser and curiouser. Take the case of Alex Kroll, center on the strong Rutgers team. Ever since last spring he has been publicized by Rutgers as an "All-America center," although he was no such thing last year. Rutgers went undefeated and got a lot of space and, naturally, the "All-America" center was mentioned often.
The result of all this exposure was Kroll's selection as first-string All-America on just about everybody's team—including A.P., U.P.I., N.E.A., the American Football Coaches Association and Look magazine. We don't blame all these people for selecting Kroll—how can you evaluate some 20,000 college football players without relying on their publicity through the season? We merely want to call their attention to another "all" team, this one the All-conference team selected by the Middle Atlantic Conference, the league that includes Bucknell, Delaware, Lafayette, Lehigh and, of course, Rutgers. These teams have been banging heads with Rutgers all year long, and they know Kroll pretty well. They list him only as "honorable mention," after two other centers.
Kenneth Tertipes, a New Mexican wrestling fan, purchased a ringside seat at a place called the Sports-A-Torium, in Albuquerque, to see Juan ( El Toro) Garcia engage Terrible Tom Tomasos. Avidly watching the match, Tertipes suddenly found the 240-pound body of Terrible Tom deposited in his lap.
Now Kenneth Tertipes, ex-wrestling fan, has brought suit for $9,000 damages. In the complaint, the wrestlers are called behemoths. The plaintiff appears to feel that the behemoths were guilty of carelessness and negligence beyond the call of wrestling duty. The document states that Tertipes believes Terrible Tom's body hit the ring ropes, a steel ring post collapsed, and all this caused Terrible Tom's body to fall into plaintiff's lap. Sadly Tertipes adds that he doesn't think he can take any more of the "new rough wrestling." Perhaps some of the $9,000 he wants will compensate him for this mental deprivation—if the judge gives him the legal fall.