"In order to do a good job of blocking and tackling, you have to aim with the head. If you aim with the shoulder, you'll miss. If that headgear isn't protective, however, it's a dangerous weapon. But we can't get many other schools to go for protective headgear."
What percentage of Big Ten teams pad their helmets outside as well as inside?
"Ten percent," Woody answered. "Us."
Horseplayers are given to buying and taking all kinds of information, and in New Zealand they do not mind if it comes from the stars. Betting sheets publish horoscopes with suggestions for watching certain numbers on the program and certain colored silks on the jockeys. At least eight papers in New Zealand carry these horoscopes. One publication heads its predictions "The Stars Look Down," and another bylines a "Stargazer." The tipsters are anonymous, but it is reported that one of them at least might be the ideal combination of an amateur astrologist, keen on racing, who is also a free-lance journalist.
Punters born under Sagittarius must have been confused recently, for "Stargazer" advised betting No. 2 and giving thought to "silks that are mainly royal blue," while "The Stars Look Down" told them: "Keep 5 and 8 in mind as good numbers, with scarlet and gold as best colors."
In New Zealand's betting shops one often hears women and men muttering: "Well, I've got to follow my horoscope." Without a computer there is no ready way to tell how successful the stars are but they surely are as reliable as most turf-bound tips and gyps.