"You ought to wait for Truax's little brother," the writer suggested. "He's 14, weighs 210 and stands 6 feet 3. His name is Jesse James."
"His old man," said Breen, "ought to be named Jesse James."
When Roger Staubach received the Heisman Trophy, the Navy quarterback spoke of his gratitude to his teammates and said he wished the trophy could be broken into 44 pieces and a chunk given to every player on the squad. Something like that is about to happen. Coach Wayne Hardin has ordered a replica of the trophy, and it will be so broken and so distributed.
SWEET SCIENCE MAN
The easily discernible figure of A. J. Liebling, commonly seen at all big prize-fights, will be at ringside no more. He died in New York last week at the age of 59. Joe Liebling was devoted to the vagaries of what his 19th century predecessor, Pierce Egan, called "the sweet science" of the prize ring, and he wrote about it entertainingly and understanding. He wrote mostly for The New Yorker, but on one memorable occasion he contributed a notable study of The University of Eighth Avenue (Still-man's Gym) to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (Dec. 5 & 12, 1955). Liebling also was a moderately dedicated horseplayer, both here and abroad, and was as much of an expert on food and wines as he was on boxing.
Despite the handicaps of a more than portly physique, nearsightedness and gout, Liebling covered his world energetically and with fine, clear vision. His comments on the daily press, including its sports pages, were a distinguished contribution to the criticism of journalism. We shall miss him.
NEW SOUND FOR FIDO
The theory that dogs hear sounds beyond the range of the human ear is widely accepted, despite an equally prevalent countertheory that dogs hear only what they choose to hear. Now the ultrahigh-frequency idea, first applied in "silent" dog whistles, is being used in dog collars. There is a dog-training collar on the market (Turen, Inc., Danvers, Mass., $6.50) that looks very much like an old-fashioned choke collar, but with a difference. Twitch it and it gives off that high-pitched sound. Combine the twitch with a command like "Come" and in time, it is said, you have only to carry the collar in your hand, twitch it, and the dog will come. The instruction booklet that accompanies the collar was written in Airedale and seems to have been edited by a dachshund, but humans will find it reasonably clear.
COLD DOPE ON HOT RACES
Even at this early date in 1964, with trades yet to be made that could change the situation drastically, the best minds of Harrah's Race Book at Lake Tahoe have been figuring the probabilities of the 1964 major league pennant races.
They have come up with the Los Angeles Dodgers (3 to 5) and New York Yankees (1 to 3) to win again, the Dodgers because of their pitching and improved hitting, the Yankees on their record and lack of competition.