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THE GAME'S THE THING
POSTLUDE WITH TWO FUGUES
The tragicomic aftermath of the tragicomic Sonny Liston-Floyd Patterson heavyweight title fight continues.
?Patterson returned from a trip with his wife and announced that once more he had donned false whiskers to escape attention, this time in three foreign countries that, inexplicably, he refused to name. (There is some doubt that he went abroad at all.) He said he would like to fight Liston again in March at New York's Madison Square Garden. The hitches: The Garden is pretty much booked for March; Liston is not licensed in New York and probably won't be.
?Patterson's manager, Cus D'Amato, unable to raise a $100,000 guarantee, was forced to cancel the middleweight title fight between his Jos� Torres and Paul Pender. Torres said Patterson had refused to lend D'Amato the money. Possible reasons: Torres once decked Patterson in training and talked about it to the embarrassment of the then champion; Torres, writing in a Spanish-language newspaper, picked Liston to knock out Patterson. D'Amato, who made a rich man of Patterson, is deeply in debt because he insists on supporting a stable of nonworking fighters. Generally, it's the fighter who goes broke, the manager who gets rich.
?The unpredictable Liston, booked for his nightclub debut at the Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, where he was to appear with Louis Armstrong and Janet Blair, lit out for St. Louis and booked himself for an appearance there, all without notifying his agent, Joe Glaser.
PASS PERFORMANCE KING
The Ivy League total offense record for a single game (337 yards, set by Cornell's Gary Wood) was broken twice last weekend and by the same player. Dartmouth's Quarterback Billy King (see page 66) did it when he completed his fourth touchdown pass against Columbia in the third quarter of a 42-0 rout. He then retired to the bench with a 348-yard record.
In the fourth quarter King returned to the game to hold for a field-goal attempt. The center's snap was high. King tried to run and was thrown for a 12-yard loss. Back went the record to Wood.
With two minutes left to play, no one on the bench was aware that a record had been made and lost. The statisticians, however, passed the information to the spotters, who passed it to Coach Bob Blackman, who passed it to King, who went into the game and passed for 12 yards and set the record all over again.