He really does talk that way.
Trainer Libero Golinelli brought along colored balls to throw at Benvenuti in order to sharpen his reactions. "Now we have some new sorcery," Nino said. "It's an electric punching bag. I hit it at various points and a panel lights up telling me the number and intensity of the punches."
Lights out, Emile?
Remember that story about the five poker players from Brooklyn who bought their first horse for $8,500 and wound up with the best 3-year-old pacer in the world (Having a Romance with Romeo, SI, Oct. 3, 1966)? Well, a funny thing has happened to the owners of Romeo Hanover during the years in which he has won $632,867. They have changed from delighted novices into good, professional-type horse owners. Last week they proved this in the most traditional of ways: they broke up with their trainer.
Jerry Silverman, 31, had picked out the brilliant colt and trained him to 34 victories before he went lame in June. But now the members of the Lucky Star Stable have decided that Silverman can no longer handle their horse. They told this to Trainer-driver Billy Haughton when they asked him to take over Romeo. Haughton said he wondered what Silverman had been doing wrong during all those wins, and turned the owners down. Part of the reason was that Billy was committed to drive his own Romulus Hanover, Romeo's younger full brother, in many races in which Romeo might start. Undaunted, the Lucky Star people persuaded the other top "name" driver in New York, Stanley Dancer, to take their horse. Silverman, only months ago hailed as a good young trainer, had announced his resignation the day before. Welcome to big-time racing.
Dean of Big Ten football coaches and now beginning his 17th season at Ohio State (page 98), Woody Hayes has spent the last two summers visiting our troops in Vietnam. And he is also fighting on the home front.
"Let me tell you," he said the other day, "all our weapons are not in Vietnam. The hard headgear is one. For 13 years we've padded our headgear at OSU inside and outside. We're now using a synthetic rubber 20 times as absorbent as foam rubber.
"We protect our opponents with that outside padding—figure that 85% of the protection is given the team we're playing—but we can't get much support from other schools.