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A rather depressing statistic, particularly if you metamorphose the dollar signs into images of Gale Sayers being carried off the field, Larry Bowie being operated on for a blood clot on the right side of his brain, Les Josephson going out for the season with a torn Achilles' tendon.
Several studies of injuries are being made—with an eye to finding how most, of them are caused and how they can be reduced in number and severity—but some pro football people have expressed little interest. "Football is a rough game," said one owner, "but, heck, I lost more games to the Hong Kong flu than I did to brittle knee joints. What should we do—eliminate tackling so that the fellows don't spread germs?"
This rather inane comment conveniently ignores the central problem, and it also shows a certain insensitivity to the financial agony of stockholders: As one team physician remarked: "If the Neanderthals in this game turn their backs on research results, they're just begging to get clipped."
NOT MY BAG
For the rugged outdoor man, the Woods Bag and Canvas Company of Ogdensburg, N.Y. has developed a sleeping bag that costs $750. The bag contains 4� pounds of eiderdown, a cashmere lining and a zip-in Hudson Bay blanket. The hood is mouton hide, and the ruffle around the hide is northern wolf.
"We built it mostly as a show stopper," said a man at the National Sporting Goods Association convention in Houston, "but we've sold a few. Most of them have been gifts to the man who has everything."
Naturally. It's obvious that this is not the average hunter's bag.