It looks as though college sports, already ablaze with racial politics, are now in for a wave of racial rebellions, and the issues are not always going to be clear-cut. Black and white, but not clear-cut. Let us hope that the people who administer college athletics are doing some clear thinking.
Picture the expression of a man who casts out an illegal small-mesh net and brings in a nice batch of fish and a game warden. It could happen off Oahu.
Conventional Hawaiian wardens find it hard to catch boat or scuba fishermen in the act of violating state laws, because the violators see the wardens chugging up in their 16-foot patrol boats and desist. All that has changed around Oahu, because the marine wardens have landed, or rather sounded.
Now whenever a fisherman in the waters of Oahu ventures to do such a thing as fish with chemicals, spear undersized or out-of-season fish, spear or take lobster out of season or use one of those illicit nets, he runs the risk of being surprised in flagrante delicto by a scuba-diving warden. The moment a suspected violator is observed from the shore, a marine warden is dispatched 'neath the waves to investigate. It must be awful to hear someone say "Aha!" or "Gotcha!" or "J'accuse!"—or even, in such circumstances, "Aloha!"—through an underwater breathing apparatus.
If the program works—and at the very least it ought to give guilty fishermen the creeps—it will be extended to all Hawaiian waters. We just hope there are stringent penalties for spearing or otherwise illegally taking a game warden.
The Navy football team cannot say the Army did not give them fair, or maybe foul, warning. Last Friday, just as the Midshipmen left the academy dining hall after lunch, a civilian airplane hired by the West Pointers bombed them with 169 pounds of psychological-warfare leaflets. "Your situation is hopeless," the message began. "You support a hopeless cause. Your football team couldn't even beat Boston College." The Middies were urged, at some length, to surrender, so as to avoid "a humiliating defeat." For the sake of U.S. security, then, it is probably a good thing that Navy lost. There is no telling what would be the effect on a nation's army of having to eat 71,130 leaflets.
Last year the popular English bicycle racer Tom Simpson collapsed and died climbing a mountain in the Tour de France, and now two French athletes have drugged themselves to death.
Jean-Louis Quadri, 18, played soccer on a local amateur team near Grenoble, but dreamed of becoming a national star. Several weeks in a row he distinguished himself by playing aggressively and tirelessly, and local soccer officials promised he could play soon for a bigger team. In a game six weeks ago Quadri dribbled past the opposing eleven's defenders and prepared to boot the ball into the goal. Instead, he collapsed on the field and turned blue in the face. On his way to the hospital he died, leaving a widow of 19 with a baby of two months. An autopsy revealed the presence of amphetamines. Police investigators guessed he acquired the illegal drugs from a psychiatric hospital where he worked.