Some luck. Brandt and the Cowboys have a system—a $250,000 computer system that catalogues and analyzes every prospect. In addition, Dallas relies on an intelligence test and a four-hour motivation-and-personality exam—lately shortened to 45 minutes. "The motivation exam is uncanny," says Brandt. "Nine times out of 10 it will accurately predict which player will drop out or be dropped because he lacks the drive or toughness to compete in the big league. Some of the hardest-nosed prospects have failed to fool the test. I frequently disagree with its findings, but you can't argue with accuracy."
Dallas has further discovered that a football player is most likely to succeed in the pros if his IQ is between 90 and 124. If it's below 90 a player is just not sharp enough to master the intricacies of the game, and if it is above 124, the player is apt to be too inclined to think for himself, to be overly creative.
We suppose the exception proves the rule: St. Louis is first in the Eastern Division, thanks to Charley Johnson, who has an IQ of "over 137," and Cleveland is third, ditto to Frank Ryan, whose IQ is 155.
According to John McKay of USC, the reason Alabama does so well in football is that Bear Bryant has got his players believing there's no way they can lose. " Bryant exudes confidence," says McKay. "We went duck hunting last year when I was down in Alabama for a coaching clinic, and Bear says, 'I'm the greatest shot in the world.' Well, we're sitting in the blind and one lone duck flies overhead. Bryant aims and fires, and the duck keeps right on flying.
" 'John,' says Bryant, 'you're witnessing a miracle. There flies a dead duck.' "
One week from now the annual baseball draft will be held in the ballroom of the Beasley-Deshler Hotel (where else?) in Columbus, Ohio. Of late, the draft has been notable for 1) Ralph Houk's selection of Duke Carmel from the Mets, and 2) Baltimore's pick of Moe Drabowsky from Kansas City.
This year's draft list has 3,468 names on it, among them two Shorts and a Long, two Smalls and a Little, an Orange, a Lemon and a Bonnano.
What's more, for less than $400,000, one can own the nucleus of one of the most individualistic teams of modern times. First Baseman Jim Gentile, who once hit back-to-back grand-slam homers and was rewarded by the immortal words "Nice goin'!" from Manager Paul Richards, can be had for $25,000. Second Baseman Larry Burright, who was traded from the Dodgers to the Mets and went AWOL, is all yours for $8,000. Shortstop Nate Oliver goes for $25,000; Nate also has the best singing voice in baseball. Third Baseman Steve Boros, one of sport's most prodigious readers, may be drafted for $25,000. It was once said of Boros, "He'll be the first man in history to read himself right out of the game." Choo-Choo Coleman has a price tag of $25,000, too, and Casey Stengel once described Coleman as "the best low-ball catcher in the game and I use him to keep the balls from bouncing up into the press box."