LOVE BY FIAT
After long intransigence, the AAU and the NCAA now seem (see page 49) to have arrived at a less than cordial but nevertheless effective rapprochement that will permit proper representation of the U.S. in international competition. It is a little sad, just the same, that it finally became necessary for sport to work out its problem under the gavel of the Attorney General of the U.S., whose responsibility is more in the field of crime. Still, Robert F. Kennedy did bring the AAU and the NCAA together—twice, no less—and by force of personality (which includes a genuine love of sport and a practical understanding of the international propaganda value of athletics) fashioned a victory for common sense.
A sorry-looking four-point buck deer was hauled into a Utah hunting camp near Cove Fort recently and other hunters wondered why Don and Billy White of Richfield, Utah wasted a shell on it—or even bothered to bring it into camp. Mostly bone and skin, it had only two teeth left and its antlers were nothing to admire. But it was a prize nonetheless.
Even in the safety of zoos, deer seldom reach the age of 20. In the woods their average life expectancy is five years. A deer that lives to the age of 10 in woods free from hunters has lived a long life. This one was 29, an age determined by a tag dated 1933, which apparently had been attached to one of its ears by employees of the Utah Department of Fish and Game.
This old buck, able to survive for almost three decades against predators, including hunters, and the perils of Utah's bitter winters, must have been one of the wisest of his kind.
CAUTION IN K.C.
Kansas City and its baseball team, the Athletics, are in the midst of one of their periodic reconciliations. Owner Charles Finley has confessed that last year he had a roving eye and that it was focused on Dallas. But now he has promised that, for the time being, at least, he will be faithful in his fashion. Once again he is wooing the fans, trying to sell them season tickets. This year he made no effort to sell season tickets and never bothered to deny the charge that he wanted attendance to slide to give him a better excuse for moving the team.
As in many domestic situations where one partner has shown a tendency to stray, there are reservations on the part of the one spurned. In response to Fin-ley's request that Kansas City build him a new stadium, city and Chamber of Commerce officials got together the other day and framed an answer that, addressed to the owner of a ninth-place ball club, was exemplary for its caution. Give us a first division team, they said, and then we'll see about building you a stadium.
THE WELL-PACKED SLACK
The obstreperous tournament galleries in the esteemed golfing countries of the U.S. (6,000 courses, 6 million golfers) and Great Britain (2,000 courses, 3 million golfers) might well profit from the behavior of their inexperienced Argentine cousins during the recent Canada Cup matches in Buenos Aires (SI, Nov. 19). Fresh in mind are this summer's gallery stampedes during the British Open at Troon and the American PGA in Philadelphia. By contrast—though their country was in contention for the team title until the very end and an Argentine player, Roberto de Vicenzo, actually won the individual championship—the reputedly hot-blooded Latins were as courteous to the players as a dancing school class might be to the prettiest girl in the minuet.