LESSON FROM BOSTON
Several hundred Texas A&M students marched across the basketball court in Austin the other night, after the Texas Longhorns had defeated the Aggies 83-73, and started slugging opposing rooters. The Longhorn band struck up The Star-Spangled Banner, but that didn't help, nor, for the next 20 minutes, did anything else until the public address system sounded an appeal for doctors to treat the injured. Four students required hospital attention. There were cries for strict disciplinary action against the ringleaders (Aggie football players) and the severing of athletic relations between the two schools. A University of Texas student newspaper editorial asserted that " Texas A&M College should be abolished."
In Italy, meanwhile, the nation's highest court was debating whether a soccer fan could be punished for yelling "Kill the umpire" or some such. No man may offend a public official, especially in public, Italian law says, and the court was trying to decide whether a soccer referee is a public official.
In France a very simple solution for unruly crowds was found by the French Basketball Federation. When officials were booed and threatened after Charleville beat Bagnolet 74-73, the federation ordered the home team, Charleville, to play its next four games without any spectators at all.
Better than either the Italian or French approaches, we think, is the way Harvard and Boston College handled some unpleasantness that resulted from their hockey game last week, which Harvard won by a surprising 3-1 score. The Harvard fans misbehaved noisily, and next day Dean John U. Monroe sent his regrets to the Rev. John A. McCarthy, S.J., dean of BC's Schools of Arts and Sciences. Not only that but Harvard's Coach Cooney Weiland complimented the BC team as "outstanding," and Coach John (Snooks) Kelley of BC expressed doubt that any eastern team could have beaten Harvard that night, even though he thought his own team "played very well." The game has for years been one of great rivalry, all right, but Harvard and Boston College are determined that the rivalry will never degenerate into distasteful bitterness.
Britain's Anthony Boyden, owner of the new America's Cup challenger, which will be launched in June, so far has been able to find no suitable trial horse. His offer to charter Gretel was rejected. Gretel would, however, be happy to race the British boat in American or Australian waters. If she won she would assume the right to challenge for the cup, since cup conditions now allow a substitute challenger from the same nation. That would leave it to the New York Yacht Club to decide whether Britain and Australia are the same nation.
THE THINKING MAN'S JOCKEY
No one who watched Beau Purple in his big races last year had any doubt about how he runs his winning races and what has to be done to beat him. Allowed to take the lead and set his own pace, he won the Suburban, the Brooklyn and the Man o' War. When someone went after him early and tenaciously, as in the Monmouth Handicap, the Woodward and the Washington, D.C. International, he was not around at the finish. It was as simple as that, and in last week's Widener no one knew it better than the Kelso team of Owner Mrs. Richard C. duPont, Trainer Carl Hanford and Jockey Milo Valenzuela. At saddling time, therefore, Hanford instructed Valenzuela not to let Beau Purple get away from Kelso.
Through the first quarter Kelso was only a little more than a length behind Beau Purple but, when they turned up the backstretch, Valenzuela saw Bronze Babu move suddenly past him. Then, instead of following instructions, Milo started to think. He thought Bronze Babu would take the run out of Beau Purple, saving Kelso the trouble, and so, to the amazement of everyone, Valenzuela dropped back to fifth place. But Bronze Babu did not duel with the leader, and Beau Purple coasted along in front, covering the half in the slow time of 48 3/5. As the horses turned for home he was three lengths in front. Kelso never could catch up.
Everybody knows how to beat Beau Purple, but who knows how to see to it that jockeys follow instructions?