As for the infractions, the talk around Provo was that the players went out for a beer. If that was all, the penalty seems somewhat severe, but Coach Mitchell has lost no stature by it. Brigham Young himself first taught the Mormons the uses of adversity.
STRAW FOR A CAMEL
The Kansas City sports fan, though disenchanted, is unusually tolerant. In baseball he has watched patiently as the Athletics have wallowed in the lower sloughs of the American League since they came to Kansas City in 1955. But he expected better in pro football when the Texans of Dallas, winners of the 1962 AFL championship, became the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs were champs, and the Kansas City fan could hardly wait to see them. After the Chiefs went to Denver and beat the Broncos 59-7 in their season's opener, the principal worry was that Chief games might be dulled by one-sidedness.
Since then the Chiefs have won just one game.
"This," said an at last disgruntled rooter, "is a loser's town. If Sonny Liston moved to Kansas City, he couldn't whip Truman Capote."
CASH AND CARRY
J. Walter Kennedy, the new no-nonsense president of the National Basketball Association, had hardly been in office a month when he levied the largest individual fine since the NBA became a major league, $500, against Coach Red Auerbach of the champion Boston Celtics (SI, Oct. 28). Last week he hit the Baltimore club with a $5,000 assessment for having arranged to move its franchise from Chicago last year without first getting proper league approval.
Sometimes highly publicized fines go uncollected, but not when Kennedy makes the judgment. As soon as the fine was levied he turned to the Baltimore contingent and noted his stipulation that payment was to be made "immediately." "I interpret 'immediately' to mean "right now,' " he said. The attorney for Baltimore blushed and said he did not have a club check. Kennedy was unmoved. The attorney took out his personal checkbook and the matter was settled—immediately.
RHYTHM: TRANSOCEAN AND LAND
Anyone who has jetted to Europe knows the unsettling effect on bodily rhythms of the sudden change from EST to GMT. One gets hungry and sleepy at inconvenient hours. Now it appears from experiments conducted by Stan Huntsman, cross-country coach at Ohio University, that the bodily rhythms of athletes are affected in somewhat the same way by the time of day they practice for their contests. It would seem that athletes would do well to practice afternoons for afternoon events and mornings for morning events during the season.