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October 06, 1969
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October 06, 1969


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Government pressure on television first led to the ostensibly voluntary decision to eliminate cigarette advertising from TV. Now it has encouraged a movement to cut down drastically on the incidence of sex and violence in dramatic shows. An unfortunate consequence, according to critical previews, is that the new, laundered 1969-70 entertainment programs are sillier than ever. Health and morals must be protected, but no similar concern is expressed for the human intelligence.

Yet the trend might prove a boon for sport, since sport and general news are about the only "safe" things on TV that are also exciting and entertaining. Televised sports seem likely to draw larger and larger audiences, and that (follow the ratings, men!) could bring about an even wider exposure. It might mean a slight cutback on quiz shows and reruns of Gale Storm, but those are the sacrifices you have to make.


As this football season began, the University of Louisville had the rather bizarre distinction of owning the alltime collegiate record for most consecutive games played without a tie: 171. Its first game this year was with Drake, which by happy coincidence had the second longest no-tie streak: 169.

The final score? What else? Louisville 24, Drake 24.


"I came here to rumble," shouted Muhammad Ali last week in a tiny gymnasium in Philadelphia. "If Joe Frazier don't follow me, I want it known he backed down."

He left the gym, got into a sleek red convertible and headed for Fairmount Park. Earlier, on a radio talk show, Ali had called Frazier flat-footed, slow and without class. Frazier reacted by inviting Ali to the gymnasium for a showdown, but the gym had room for only 50 or 60 onlookers. When more than 1,000 would-be spectators showed up, Ali and Frazier, stripped down to boxing togs, were told by police to move their fight to the park.

Ali dressed, loudly insulting Frazier as he did. Frazier, told by friends to ignore the insults, said angrily, "He came here to run me out of my home town. If I don't take him on, he'll try to run me out of my own house next."

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