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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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The customary fate of a losing college football coach is to be hanged in effigy during the season and fired at the end of it. Somewhat different treatment has, up to now, been the lot of Bill Hildebrand, coach of a Wake Forest team that lost its first seven games this season.

One night after that seventh defeat Hildebrand was baby-sitting with his two sons and brooding a bit, when he was all but blown out of his living room by the blare of a band and accompanying cheers. Opening the front door, Hildebrand was greeted by the Wake Forest band and some 300 cheering students. Dumfounded, he accepted a handsome scroll pledging the students' full support to both coach and team.

So on Saturday Wake Forest lost its eighth straight. Old-fashioned we may be, Wake Forest, but we suggest a return to the sound, conservative effigy policy.

Ben Cash, a fisherman from Kennett, Mo., was arrested last week by a state conservation agent for possessing three trout over the legal limit. For this he paid an $8 fine and $11 in court costs. Ben is chairman of the Missouri Conservation Commission.


Japanese with cameras have been observed lately in Harrisburg, Pa., Washington, Toronto and Dublin, Ireland. What these cities have in common is international horse shows. What the Japanese with cameras have in common is that they are getting ready for the 1964 Olympic equestrian games in Tokyo. Nothing sinister about it. The Japanese are just putting together scouting reports on the techniques of international jumping horses and riders in the hope that they may improve their own techniques.

There may have been an omen at the National. The winner of the Irish Mist working hunter trophy was named Daily Nip. He beat out Swing 'n' Sway.


As Japanese baseball fans settled cozily on their tatami mats to discuss the news from the hot hibachi league, the talk last week centered around the comings and goings of U.S. major leaguers. The past season had marked the first appearance of name players—the names, either shopworn or a trifle dim, included Don Newcombe, Larry Doby, Larry Raines and Kent Hadley—but there were promises of more to come. Few Americans past their prime in the U.S. leagues fail to give some consideration to bids from Japan, where the pay is high and the odds to stick are long.

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