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November 19, 1962
THE GAME'S THE THINGDespite their abysmal start (three wins in 13 games) the New York Rangers have already drawn to their first six home games some 17,000 more spectators than they did last year for the same six. And the Boston Bruins, firmly lodged in last place in the National Hockey League, are nevertheless averaging more than 11,000 per game, just as they did last year. In fact, club officials report the Bruins are making more money than last season because Bostonians are deserting the balcony seats for higher-priced locations downstairs. First-place Detroit averaged 9,600 per game at this time last year, is drawing over 10,700 this year, while second-place Chicago has jumped from a five-game total of 39,900 last year to over 54,100 this time. Only Toronto and Montreal have failed to record sizable increases. But then, who can blame them? They were SRO last year, they are SRO this year and they will be SRO next year, and the next and the next.
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There has been some talk of trapping him—timid folk started it—and transporting him back across the line. But such a move would be widely opposed. Most Washingtonians have grown to like Bullwinkle. He makes them feel like pioneers in the wilds.


?Promoters of the Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl games are worried about the University of Mississippi's desegregation problem. Not that they would have any concern about inviting Ole Miss, but TV sponsors just might turn their backs on such a game.

?Despite rumors, best bet for next season's National Basketball Association Commissioner is current boss Maurice Podoloff, who will be asked to stay on. If he refuses, Fred Zollner, current Detroit Piston owner, and League Attorney George Gallantz are top candidates.


Shelby Metcalf is a homespun Texan who knows how to appeal to a country boy. As assistant basketball coach at Texas A&M, he will go to long lengths to appeal to a prize prospect—even promise him a river.

When John Reynolds, definitely a prize prospect from Possum Walk, Texas ("That's nine miles from Groveton," Metcalf explains), arrived on the A&M campus for a visit last spring, Metcalf took him in hand.

"I didn't even show him the campus," Metcalf said. "We went to the Brazos River and caught a mess of channel catfish. We cleaned them and iced them and John took some with him.

"When he got out of my truck all he said was: 'I like your river. I believe I'll go to school here.' "

He did and the fishing remains good.

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