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LET'S GO, ANTEATERS
"Boola, boola," cried Yale in the good old days. "Charge!" thundered USC in more contemporary times. Now tune up your tonsils for a new battle cry, this one belonging to the University of California at Irvine, whose traditions date back to October 4. (On that date, 88,000 acres of former citrus and cattle ranch opened up as UCI.) What UC Irvine lacks in ivy and football glory it makes up in cheering. Particularly at the school's top sport, water polo. When Irvine gets the ball, fans rise as one and scream, "One, two, three.... Zot!" Zot? Right. Plain old unvarnished Zot. And when water polo is over, the basketball team, too, will score goals to the accompaniment of "Zot! Zot! Zot!"
The origin of this unlikely exhortation was in informal balloting for a school nickname. When votes were counted the winning name was Anteaters, with Aardvarks a solid second. "Too flippant," said the administration. "Too undignified." Unabashed and still undignified, UCI rooters broke out their new cheer the next big water-polo weekend. You will recall, of course, that in Johnny Hart's comic strip B.C. the sound of anteater tongue impacting ant is "Zot!"
Let's hear it out there. Fifteen Zots and a locomotive for the Anteaters.
Fans of the St. Louis Cardinals—baseball variety—were jolted by General Manager Bob Howsam's trades, which sent away Bill White, Dick Groat and Ken Boyer, three-fourths of the All-Star infield that was so instrumental in gaining the Cardinals the world championship just over a year ago. It was the most violent ripping apart of a club since Connie Mack broke up the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1930s. No one has ever been able to put the Athletics together again, but the St. Louis situation seems different. White, Groat and Boyer are solid hitters, but slow afoot. The new municipal stadium in St. Louis, which will be ready next year, is similar to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles: it is big, built for speed, not power. Ergo, the Cardinals are turning to speed, violently.
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