"We were very surprised and shocked that, despite displaying a high standard of soccer, our opponents resorted to rough play with the assistance of the spectators," the Dallas team publicity man declared later.
Coach Bob Kap says that elsewhere on the tour the Tornados "have been on the front pages of the leading newspapers. We are now known to at least 300 million people outside of the U.S. We want to show the world that in America we play a similar game and, of course, we want to give our boys a chance to gain experience playing soccer teams in other countries."
The Tornados got more than they expected in Singapore, in part because the team was billed as the first American football squad ever to visit the city. Political activists took the opportunity to protest U.S. involvement in Vietnam, and they were a voluble element in the stadium. This seemed particularly ironic since the Dallas team is made up of seven British players, four Norwegians, two Swedes, two Dutchmen, one Dane and one American.
THE COMPLEAT COMPUTER
Dr. Terence Coulson, an English eel-and-tench fisherman, believes the compleat angler these days is one with a computer. Dr. Coulson and some 50 eel-hunting enthusiasts throughout Britain are collating data on their catches and using a computer to analyze the information. "So far most angling experience has been qualitative," Dr. Coulson says. "A first-class angler lives a lifetime of experience. When he dies what does he pass on? A tip or two to a friend, maybe to his children. There's practically no flow of information between generations. The sport is in a condition of stasis. To be of any use, experience has got to be quantitative."
Last year Dr. Coulson figures he put in 1,600 rod-hours fishing, and he has used computer punch cards to record every hour. He admits that a good many days he caught neither tench nor eel, but his experience in not catching fish went on record, too. Otherwise, he says, all those negative values would have been lost.
Dr. Coulson's concluding argument is that Izaak Walton collected and analyzed his own personal fishing experience, "And the difference between old Izaak working from memory and a computer working on the experience of a lot of anglers is that in the latter case most of the human errors get rinsed out."
Maybe so, but when it comes to advice on how to catch a fish we'd still rather hear the doctor on the subject than his computer, which we'll bet hasn't landed a tench yet.
The FIS world women's downhill ski champion, Erika Schinegger of Austria, retired from competition last week after taking a medical sex-determination test. The Austrian girls' ski team was ordered to take the test two weeks ago by ski federation officials in order to avoid any embarrassing revelations by Olympic doctors in Grenoble. The results of the tests have not been published, but the Austrian ski coach, Franz Hoppichler, said that Erika, the daughter of a farmer, had told him she wanted to quit the team before the results of the tests were known. He said she spoke of "personal and private" reasons for not wanting to continue.