This week Jimmie The Greek, the Las Vegas odds maker and self-styled sports analyst (SI, Dec. 18, 1961), opens an oracular new firm, Jimmie (The Greek) Snyder Information Unlimited. The Greek is issuing a weekly newsletter giving his "fabulous selections" on key sporting events and, when the time is ripe, hot stock tips. Something on the order, perhaps, of Marshall McLuhan's "Dew Line."
A subscription will cost $500 a year, and subscribers will receive their letters early enough to take advantage of Snyder's pro football picks—which come highly touted, at least by The Greek himself. For the past four years he claims 80% accuracy in picking the winners of NFL and AFL games. "And that's going against the numbers."
This fall the election will get heavy coverage. Right now, any feeling of pride in Agnew aside, The Greek has Nixon 8 to 5 over Humphrey, adding, "To me it's a walkaway, and if Javits and Rocky would ever help Nixon in New York, it would be a washout."
For the first time in Belgian sport, an athlete has been "set down" for life for competing under the influence of a drug.
Joseph Rombaux, 22, of Bruges, won Belgium's national marathon race last month and was proclaimed national champion. But a routine check of the first five finishers showed that the winner's urine contained amphetamine. Immediately the Royal Belgian Athletic Association stripped Rombaux of his title and his chance for a place on the Belgian Olympic team and barred him permanently from all official meets.
Rombaux has protested that he took the drug without knowing it. The chances of his being reinstated, however, appear to be nil.
And in England last week, Professor Arnold Beckett, a member of the International Olympic Committee's medical commission, said that chemists were working steadily on devising tests for the new stimulant drugs that athletes keep coming up with. The medical committee is purposely not divulging the whole list of drugs it can now find, so that no athlete can be sure that he has found something undetectable.
The medical commission is prepared, says Beckett, to test the top Olympic finishers—if the international federation of each sport so requests—for more than 100 different drugs.