WHO'S BEEN READING MY PLAYBOOK?
For those who might have wondered why Papa Bear was making such a splash in the porridge about Defensive Coach George Allen's defection to the Rams, an examination of George Halas' legal action against Los Angeles is helpful.
Halas, it appears, is not solely concerned with losing the knowledge, skill and team spirit Allen had acquired through his association with the Bears. More specifically, he asserts that Allen has in his possession "the Bears Defense Manual Number Two, the Bears Defense Textbook Number Two, and numerous motion picture films of plays." Allen, in other words, can jump his contract and go coach any Peewee League team he wants, but those classroom aids are not going to leave the state of Illinois without a court fight.
Halas' complaint is particularly interesting in view of the long-standing rumor that Allen—who coached defense for the Rams before coming to the Bears—was hired by Halas largely because of the information he could bring from L.A. In fact, one Chicago reporter, during a visit to Bear offices, noticed one playbook marked with Ram identification and another identified as Billy Wade's Los Angeles plays.
LEMONS AND ICE
Memphis State and Oklahoma City U., which have the kind of basketball rivalry that brings to mind the Punic Wars, had not played for several seasons. That was about how long it took to stanch the bleeding. Recently, however, the two again met at Memphis, with predictable results.
Oklahoma City Coach Abe Lemons, usually noted for his Will Rogers disposition, drew three technical fouls for raging at the officiating. A Memphis fan was ejected for throwing ice at the enemy bench. Players exchanged a number of nasty names. After the game Lemons stepped briefly into the Memphis team bus to warn the Tigers never to show their faces in Oklahoma City. As for himself, he said, he would never return to Memphis with anything except his B team.
Still and all, it did not compare with previous years. Lemons once chased a Memphis fan into the stands, and one year an Oklahoma City follower became enraged at the Memphis State broadcaster's version of events. He assaulted the announcer on the spot, leaving the radio audience fascinated by mysterious grunts and scuffling sounds.
PITCHERS FOR TODAY'S GAME
Johnny Sain of the Minnesota Twins, regarded by many as the best pitching coach in baseball, says the time isn't far off when major league games will be worked by three three-inning pitchers. "It's a lot easier to find six three-inning pitchers than it is to find two who can go nine regularly," says Sain. "Even now, if a pitcher has a five-run lead in the seventh and has allowed only three or four hits, no manager will hesitate to pull him between innings if he looks to be losing his edge. There's always someone in the bullpen who can be strong for the last three."