When Eddie Robinson of Grambling College first attended coaching clinics he used to dread introductions. Robinson recalls, "Everybody would laugh and ask. 'What's that again, Gambling—or Grumbling?' "
Now, 26 years later, the football people who count—the pro scouts—know all about the predominantly Negro college in northern Louisiana. Nineteen of Robinson's athletes have gone on to play pro football—among them Tank Younger, Willie Davis, Buck Buchanan Ernie Ladd and Roosevelt Taylor. Currently, only one college, Notre Dame, has more alumni listed on NFL and AFL rosters.
This Saturday night in New York, Channel 7 will present " Grambling College: 100 Yards to Glory." The one-hour program, which is to be syndicated and shown later in other cities, is a remarkable sports production and a fine piece of social comment as well. Don't miss it when it comes your way.
ADRIENNE'S GREEN CARD
A widow with 11 children is currently Europe's most successful tout. Adrienne Cellario, 47, has set herself up in business in Monaco's post office building and is supplying a select clientele with "electronic predictions" on the results of the Tierc�, France's popular betting pool in which a horseplayer must name the first three finishers in a certain race. Mme. Cellario, who makes her predictions by using an IBM computer, has picked the winning combination in three of the four Tierc�s that have been held since she launched her business last month. On the fourth occasion the computer recommended "abstinence" because there were too many horses with apparently equal chances of winning.
Customers who have followed the betting advice faithfully have risked $128 (which includes the $40-a-month subscription fee for the tipping service) and collected $227.
The morning of a Tierc� race, the computer is advised of scratches, the weather and track conditions. Then it assesses each horse's chances and usually proposes bets on the top eight horses. To get their tips, Mme. Cellario's customers must telephone Monte Carlo on the morning of the race, identify themselves by name and code number and pronounce a password. Although subscribers sign pledges not to pass on the computer's advice, the most effective deterrent seems to be each bettor's awareness that the fewer the players the bigger the payoff.
Last October, when the Red Sox won the American League pennant and played the Cardinals in the World Series, almost every politician in Massachusetts proudly stood up and told his constituents that he would throw his full support behind legislation for the sports stadium that Boston and Massachusetts needed so badly (SI, June 12). It certainly was the politic thing to say at the time, especially since every legislator was entitled to purchase four good Series seats in Fenway Park long before they were available to the public. Well, two weeks ago—12 weeks after the end of the season—those same legislators killed the proposed stadium bill in the top half of the first inning. So the Red Sox will continue to play in the ball park that is a monument to the 1930s, and the Boston Patriots of the AFL might just play their games in Birmingham or Tampa or Seattle. Massachusetts obviously does not want a winner—or deserve one.
ON THE TRACK
There are two new ski slopes in Taos, N. Mex., and Resort Owner Ernie Blake has invited the public to help him name them. The new trails are steep shortcuts designed to sidetrack hot-shot skiers and get them off the intermediate slope. Among the suggestions submitted so far are Black Friday ( Blake says it is "too negative") and Dante and Faust ("too classical"). Locally, the sharp-dropping slopes are known as Bobby Baker and Billie Sol, but Blake says politics is taboo, which seems to limit the fun. Whatever the public comes up with, it will be hard to top the name that an inspired secretary gave to the beginners' slope a few years ago—Fanny Hill.