As a follow-up to last week's cover article, The True Moral Crisis in Sport, and in line with comment that has been made on the Wally Butts-Bear Bryant affair, we offer an attestation by Fred Russell, sports editor of the Nashville Banner. Russell reports, and Coach Johnny Griffith of the University of Georgia concedes, that within the 24 hours preceding the Georgia-Vanderbilt football game of a couple of years ago, Griffith "somehow came into possession of a Vanderbilt 'scout report'," prepared by the Vanderbilt staff and containing "supposedly secret information on Vanderbilt's blocking assignments, its numbering of plays, checkoff system, summation of Georgia's strengths and weaknesses, Georgia's formations and the defenses Vanderbilt planned to use."
But Vanderbilt won, 21-0. The "scout report" was a fake, specially prepared by Vanderbilt and planted so that it would fall into the hands of Georgia. According to Art Guepe, Vanderbilt head coach in 1961, "we figured that Griffith was new on the job and might go for it."
Asked to give his version, Griffith said that at the time of the game he was not in charge of the Georgia team but, recovering from an appendectomy, merely sat on the sidelines. One of his assistants showed him the report a few hours before the game, he said, and he took a look at it "out of curiosity" but then "threw it into an empty locker." Griffith prefers to think that his team was beaten by the superior play of a couple of Vanderbilt men, notably Quarterback Hank Lesesne.
"If I were Guepe," Griffith said, "I'd hate to take any credit for winning away from them after what they did to us."
TOUR DE SPORT
The idea of travel just for the fun of travel is all very well, but more and more carriers these days are pegging their tours on sporting events. For instance, since April and continuing through October, Irish International Airlines will fly you from New York every Friday for a 17-day golf tour of Ireland and Scotland, where you will be welcomed to the very best courses. And next September 28 American Express and Irish Airlines will combine forces to take you to the Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes at Ascot. For those who would golf on islands in the sun, BOAC has available until December a tour of the links in Bermuda and the Bahama Islands. Even more extensive is the Matson Navigation Company's South Pacific golf cruise, Sept. 14, which promises for caddies such exotic types as pareu-clad Tahitian girls and Fijian Fuzzy-Wuzzies.
These are by no means prosaic approaches to travel and sport, but the one we find most fascinating is the grand tour to the Washington-California football game at Berkeley, Calif. Under the auspices of the Doug Fox agency, you leave Seattle on October 31 via Pan American jet for Honolulu. After a few days there, you sail to San Francisco aboard the S.S. Oronsay, arriving on Saturday morning, Nov. 9. A bus will be waiting at the pier to transport tour members to the game. After the game you are returned to Seattle via the bus, the Oronsay, Aeronaves de Mexico and Western Air Lines, which means you go to Acapulco and Mexico City first. We can hardly imagine a more attractive way to go to a football game.
VEGAS VADE MECUM
Ordinarily the house percentage against the player in a gambling casino may range as high as 16.7% in craps and up to 15% in blackjack—for poor players, that is. Average players do better. But with skillful play, says Major A. Riddle, who has won as much as $250,000 at a time shooting craps, the house's craps percentage may be reduced to 0.7% and blackjack may give you the biggest break of all, with a mere 0.6% against you. He tells you how to do it, and quite simply, in The Weekend Gambler's Handbook ( Random House, $3.95), a book he has written with Joe Hyams.