"When I got in the end zone after that end run," Hayes recalled, "I looked around, and there was Sample lying on the ground. He looked up at me and said, "Good move.' "
THINKING MAN'S BEANO
The prospect that the U.S. will convert to the metric system some years hence has been disturbing Beano Cook, the University of Pittsburgh sports publicist, because, as he pointed out on a recent visit, its effect on sport will be profoundly confusing.
"A football field," said Beano, "will no longer be 120 yards long. It will be 109.728 meters long. And instead of first down and 10 to go, it will be first and 9.144 meters. The clich� about baseball being a game of inches will no longer be true. It will be a game of centimeters."
Still, some eternal verities will prevail, he feels.
"Somebody will ask Ford Frick how this will affect the measurements of a baseball diamond," Beano said contentedly. "And Frick will reply, 'It is a league matter.' "
TROUBLE AT THE CHRISTENING
Stadium managers across the country are well aware that naming a new sports palace is a bit of a problem. The connotations of the name, its sound, label fitness, and so on, must suit what the public relations people call "the image." Some directors, to get as much publicity mileage as possible, as well as to get naming committees off the hook, have instituted naming contests. A few gems turned up for San Diego's recently voted community sports arena: Go Go Stadium, Payola Park, We Shall Overcome Field, Taxpayer's Hole and Herman Beauvai Stadium. That last one was submitted by Herman Beauvai.
ANCIENT ORDER OF CROQUET
Since it was introduced into England in the middle of the 19th century, the assumption has been that croquet originated in France. The game arrived in the British Isles by way of Ireland and, a pair of savants now hold, it actually originated there, where it was played as early as the 7th century.
In the current issue of an erudite British monthly, Notes and Queries, A. S. C. Ross, professor of linguistics at the University of Birmingham, and R. L. Thomson, a lecturer in English at the University of Leeds and a specialist in Celtic languages, carefully outline in an article with 17 footnotes evidence that the game did indeed find birth in Ireland. They dismiss as without support the theory that the name of the game derives from the Old French croc, meaning a crooked stick. Rather, they say, it more probably comes from "crooky," an Anglicized version of the Irish word cluiche, a verb-noun meaning "play."