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ROUGH IS NOT DIRTY
Canada may have lost more than a hockey game when its team lost to Sweden in the world hockey championships at Colorado Springs. The favored Canadians play rough hockey, something the Swedes knew full well and for which they were prepared. What the Swedes were not prepared for were tactics that go much too far beyond rough play.
Focal point of the postchampionship controversy came when Canadian Wing Floyd Martin missed a goal at close range. According to Martin, his bad luck prompted Swedish defenseman Bert-Ola Norlander to snicker. Responding to the insult, Martin jammed the butt end of his stick into the Swede's belly. Norlander reacted quite normally. He dropped to the ice in agony. The result was, naturally, a brawl.
Such hockey is tolerated in the National Hockey League. Fans expect it, even look forward to it. But professional hockey must not be confused with other forms of athletics, especially amateur athletics (interestingly, the Canadian team included the "re-amateurized" ex-Black Hawk, Tod Sloan). If Canada is to compete internationally in amateur hockey its players should be trained in the etiquette of amateur sports.
Granted that a "ha-ha" at a crucial moment can be infuriating, we doubt it warrants a poke in the belly with a hockey stick. Neither do we think much of Canadian Coach Lloyd Roubell's answer to a formal complaint: "Ice hockey is for men, not boys. They [the Swedes] are pantywaists, crybabies and actors."
Good hockey players, though.
FROM FENWAY PARK
Part of the fun of baseball this summer will be listening to American League baseball announcers in Cleveland, the Twin Cities and Kansas City to see if they lapse into a Boston accent. The 1962 American League Red Book, final authority of the sports announcer on many aspects of the game, including pronunciation of the players' names, was prepared by Joseph W. McKenney, the league's publicity director and a Bostonian, who, naturally, is as confused about the letter r as a cockney is about the letter h. So, in Joe McKenney's lexicon, sports announcers are advised that this is how to pronounce the following names:
Tracy Stallard (Red Sox)—STAL-ad.
Joel Edward Horlen (White Sox)—HAW-len.