The new outburst by Harry Edwards, the assistant professor of sociology at San Jose State who is leading the movement for a proposed Negro boycott of the 1968 Olympic Games, succeeded in its objective of making headlines last week. Whatever the merits of his widely varied charges of discrimination, it is deplorable that sport should become a political battleground in this way.
The latest of Mr. Edwards' demands is the resignation of International Olympic Committee Chairman Avery Brundage, whom the professor sees as "a devout anti-Semitic and anti-Negro personality." Brundage has been sniped at from a variety of platforms for 35 years; Edwards may be a tough baby, but he has hooked into another.
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French Minister of Culture Andr� Malraux has proposed, in the interest of art, that members of the Paris City Council don wet suits, strap scuba tanks on their backs and plunge into the Seine River.
Malraux wants the city fathers to go skin diving for the stone figures of the "kings of Judah" which once adorned the facade of Notre Dame Cathedral. The statues, which really were not kings of Judah at all but likenesses of the kings of France, were beheaded and dumped into the river by revolutionaries in 1789.
"We know where the statues were thrown in," Malraux told the French National Assembly. Seine River authorities, however, have reason to question Malraux's contention. They sent a skin-diving party down in 1950 and found nothing resembling medieval statues.
There probably has never been a sports franchise that received a bigger or more profitable reception than the New Orleans Saints, the new entry in the National Football League. The club finished its home season with an average attendance of 75,463, which made it the second biggest attraction in the league. New Orleans rooters have been explosively noisy to the dismay of referees and visiting players—the game against Dallas was delayed 10 minutes, as Al Hirt, one of the team's owners, trumpeted up those sweet sounds of enthusiasm and officials called for quiet.
Another statistic of local exuberance is that Saints fans have bought 75,000 pennants, which is twice the number sold in any other NFL stadium this year. The Humble Oil company, which gives away Saints emblems, has had more than 30,000 requests for them.