The hope around Franklin Field in Philadelphia is that the Eagles will lose their remaining games so they will have first pick for O.J. At least twice a game the action is stopped because the "Joe's gotta go" shouts are too loud. One section will start, then all the fans will be shouting in unison. It is quite amusing.
Everyone is praying for O.J., but Old Joe Kuharich might let us down. He has a knack for doing foolish things. If the Eagles do have the first draft choice there is a good chance that Joe will pick Joe Flubb over O.J. Joe just does things like that.
There is a Ban Joe Club in Philadelphia. If you send $2 to the club you get a Joe Must Go button, an aerial pennant or bumper sticker, JMG megaphone, JMG poster, JMG matches and the official Don't Cry, Joe, Just Go, Just Go song. If Jerry Wolman owned that club, his financial difficulties would be solved.
Here is a very simple way to determine which NBA team will get to draft Lew Alcindor. While the top four teams in each division are doing battle for the NBA championship, the rest of the league could compete in the CELLAR (Crummy Elimination for Legal Lew Alcindor Rights). The tournament would work like this:
The fifth-and sixth-place teams in each division would play a three-out-of-five game series, with the losers earning the right to meet the seventh-place teams in another three-of-five game series. Each of these losers would then meet in a best-of-seven (or worst-of-seven) series. The loser of this would gain the rights to Lew Alcindor.
The answer to those skeptics who might claim that every game would end in a scoreless tie is also very simple. All that need be done is to have each team shoot at its opponent's basket. But since this might give Alcindor to the best team, I suggest that after each quarter the baskets be switched. This should be done completely arbitrarily, so that none of the players, the coaches, the referees or the fans would know which basket belonged to whom. Before each game Walter Kennedy would choose the quarters in which the west basket would belong to the home team (unless the court ran from north to south). The written selections would then be placed in the left hip pocket of one referee. Barring a successful pickpocket attempt, imagine the excitement of the fans as they await the decision at the end of the game.
But imagine their disappointment when Lew Alcindor signs with the ABA.
I read with great interest the post-Olympic article by Dr. Roger Bannister (A Debt Was Paid Off in Tears, Nov. 11) and feel compelled to express my own views. I agree with Dr. Bannister in that sea-level distance runners were at a tremendous disadvantage. Whatever altitude training these world-class distance runners may have had prior to the Games, they really had very little chance of beating those good-to-very-good runners who have lived their entire lives at altitude. I believe that in all fairness the IOC should have considered the apparent inequities and should have sought to make reasonable adjustments.
One alternative would have been to hold those track and field events that are not adversely affected by altitude at Mexico City and those that are (the distance races) at a sea-level location, such as Acapulco.
On another point, I have to disagree emphatically with Dr. Bannister and agree wholeheartedly with those who profess that "the Olympic Games belong to the whole world." It is the world that is larger than the Games and not the Games that are larger than the world, and it is we who are narrow-minded if we tell one of the great cities of the world that it need not submit a bid to host the Games because it is 7,349 feet above sea level.