As it now stands, for the next two years the NFL will be split up into four divisions of four teams each—the Federal, the Capitol, the Central and the Coastal. At the conclusion of the regular season the winner of the Federal Division will play the winner of the-Capitol Division for the championship of the Eastern Conference, and the winner of the Central Division will play the winner of the Coastal Division for the championship of the Western Conference. The conference champions will then play for the NFL championship, and the winner of that game will play the winner of the game between the winners of the AFL's two conferences in the AFL-NFL World Championship, or the Super Bowl. Including the NFL's Playoff Bowl and the NFL and AFL Pro Bowls, there will be eight post-season games and, of superimportance to the 16 owners, no team in the NFL can finish worse than fourth.
However, we feel that the owners haven't really thought this thing out. If they divided each division in half no team could finish lower than second. The subdivision winners would then play for the division titles, the division champions would play for the conference titles, the conference champions would play for the NFL title and the NFL champion would play the AFL champion in the Super Bowl sometime in June. Meanwhile, the second-place teams would be playing each other in a series of Playoff Bowls. The winner of the final Playoff Bowl would play the runner-up in the AFL in the Super Playoff Bowl. Finally, the champion of the Super Playoff Bowl would play the loser of the super Bowl in the Super Bowl Loser-super Playoff Bowl Winner Second Place super Championship Bowl.
If a study now under way shows that the expanded live and taped TV coverage of the Notre Dame-Michigan State football game did not unduly affect attendance at other college games played the same day, the NCAA television committee may designate the third Saturday in November as an open date, to be called wild-card Saturday. Beginning in 1968 the game which shapes up as having the greatest national appeal would be televised on that date. However, Michigan State-Notre Dame is out as a wild card. For one thing, the Big Ten, reportedly piqued because the 1966 game overshadowed such traditional conference rivalries as Michigan-Ohio State, has ruled that all games between Big Ten teams and nonconference opponents must henceforth be played before Nov. 1.
SIGHTLESS IN GEORGIA
Some time ago (SI, Oct. 20, 1958) we told of the wonderful ability of Lucky McDaniel to teach what he calls "instinct" shooting. Lucky, who operates out of Columbus, Ga., can take a person who has never handled a gun and, within an hour, have him smashing clay pigeons—not with a shotgun but with a sightless .22 rifle. Lucky starts a pupil with a BB gun, also sightless, and shortly he is hitting pennies tossed in the air. In less time than seems credible—say two hours—the pupil is hip-shooting with a pistol at pine cones with scarcely a miss.
Now the U.S. Army has adopted Lucky's method, which he demonstrated at Fort Benning on several occasions. The Army was impressed, naturally, but the question remained as to whether anyone lacking Lucky's genius as a teacher could pass on his skill. Experiments being conducted at Forts Benning, Polk, Gordon and Jackson indicate that the method can, in fact, be taught by others.
Colonel William Koob, who is in charge of the Weapons Department of the Army's Infantry School, reports that at Benning the experiment has consisted of intensive training of cadres, whose members in turn train others. The cadres start by shooting small aerial targets with a sightless BB gun, then advance to ground targets, then to a .22 rifle fired at 25 meters, and finally to service rifles—the M14 and M16—with their sights obscured. So far, at Benning, there are 10 men who, according to Colonel Koob, "can take an M14 with 20 rounds in it and, at 100 meters, dump all 20 into an area that can be covered with a helmet." The M14, remember, is without sights.
Colonel Koob points out that Lucky's technique, which the Army is calling "quick kill" shooting and which will soon be taught at battalion level, will obviously be handy for the type of warfare being waged in Vietnam.
Moreover, deadly shooting isn't the only benefit. "We have discovered," says Colonel Koob, "that youngsters who take this training become better soldiers. They take pride in what they can do—it sets them apart—and they take better care of their equipment, and they are eager to practice on their own time."