The San Francisco race certainly guaranteed that it won't be a dull year among the sprinters, but then it never is. In fact, if Gaines had lost he might have started a controversy of his own. "They called me for a false start," he said. "But I thought I made a perfect start, right with the gun. I would have won that one easily, if they hadn't called us back. I was also a little upset that Charlie and Jim Hines had starting blocks with rubber on them, while I get a metal one that made me slip a little."
Somebody will almost always be upset this year, as Greene, Hines and Gaines lead the closely matched field of sprinters toward the Olympics. Gaines was asked after the race if he thought he could take over soon as the fastest of all. "I'm not looking to take over anything," he said. "I just want to win as many of these as I can." Greene was asked if Gaines was the coming star among the sprinters. "He may be coming," Charlie snapped, "but Jim and I haven't left yet."
Only one man remained above all the trouble. He deftly sidestepped the accident at the finish and after a while sauntered casually back up the track. He began signing autographs for a mob of kids. Somebody in the crowd told O. J. Simpson that he had finished last in the 60-yard dash. He looked up, smiling. "I did? How about that? I thought I beat one guy."