NEW YEAR'S LONG SHOT
The extraordinary events of New Year's Day, when the three top-ranked college teams, all undefeated, went down one after the other, raised the question of how much a fan might have won had he bet in the morning that fourth-rated Alabama would be No. 1 before the day was over. Gamblers give points rather than odds on football games, but a mathematician who knows both worked out the probabilities. Assuming Alabama to be even money against third-ranked Nebraska, he made Louisiana State a 2�-to-1 underdog against second-ranked Arkansas and UCLA a 3-to-1 long shot against Michigan State. "These are conservative figures," he said. "Others would make it 4 to 1 against LSU, 5 to 1 against UCLA." Anyway, a $10 parlay at the conservative odds would have returned $280 and at the longer odds $600. If you could have found a bookie to take such a bet.
Even war cannot douse the enthusiasm of California surfers. Three members of a Port Hueneme naval construction battalion have won permission to take their surfboards to Vietnam. During time off from helping to build a Marine base, they plan to try out the waves near Chu Lai.
WILL CLAY FIGHT TERRELL?
Rumors that Cassius Clay would next fight Ernie Terrell for the heavyweight championship have been flying pretty thick since Clay's last defense of the title against Floyd Patterson. Because of the underworld connections Terrell is said to have through his adviser, the shadowy Bernie Glickman, there is strong sentiment in many quarters against such a fight being held. Arthur Grafton, legal adviser to Clay's Louisville Sponsoring Group, held last week that such objections would disappear when, and if, Terrell is cleared to fight Clay.
"It's not our job to check out Terrell," explained Grafton. "If a reputable boxing commission, such as the one in New York or California, will approve Terrell, we will accept the commission's say-so that he is free of the underworld."
It is not exactly as though Clay and Grafton had a horde of challengers to choose from. At the moment, there is nobody else worthwhile for Clay to fight. And the future is confusing. The draft board may reconsider its earlier rejection of Cassius and put him in uniform. It also happens that the Louisville group's contract with Clay expires in October. All of which seems to point to an early match with Terrell.
"Still," said Grafton, "it's pretty hard to talk business with a man who is suing you for $1� million." Terrell slapped the suit on Clay and practically everyone else connected with the fight last spring when Clay was billed in Lewiston, Me. (where he fought Sonny Liston) as the "heavyweight champion." Terrell claims he was the heavyweight champion at that time by virtue of the fact that the World Boxing Association, those masters of confusion, said he was. Once this semantic matter is disposed of, Grafton indicated, Clay and Terrell can work something out about fighting.
Our hope is that the public will not allow any of the principals to adopt an elastic view of what constitutes a "reputable boxing commission."
Basketball Coach Red Auerbach, who annoys enemy spectators by lighting a cigar when he feels his Boston Celtics have a game won, is getting his this season—especially in Philadelphia, where the 76ers have now beaten their old tormentors twice. It has become the fashion with Philadelphia fans to pepper Auerbach with cigars whenever the 76ers get a big lead. And when Wilt Chamberlain went over Bill Russell for a stuff shot the other night some wit brought down the house by flinging an unopened can of beer. The beer missed, but a cigar (lighted) caught Red in the forehead.