Before the fourth game of the World Series, an anti-Met fan bet a friend of his that Tom Seaver would not finish the game. Seaver, you will recall, pitched 10 full innings but was lifted in the bottom of the 10th for a pinch hitter. The pinch hitter, J. C. Martin, laid down the bunt that the Orioles misplayed to let in the winning run.
O.K. The game was over. Fan No. 1 turned to his friend and said, "Pay me." Fan No. 2 said, "Pay you? What do you mean, pay you? Seaver went all the way. He pitched a complete game. You pay me." Fan No. 1 said, "I bet he wouldn't finish the game. Was he in there at the finish? Was he? No, sir. He was out of the lineup. So pay me."
Fan No. 1 may be a nitpicker of the worst kind, but it appears that he has a fairly strong argument. If you were the judge, who wins the bet?
The Milwaukee Bucks, who finished last in the Eastern Division of the NBA in 1968-69, opened the new season with three straight victories—a reversal of form that can be attributed in considerable part to the presence this year of Lew Alcindor. But then the Bucks turned around and lost two games in a row, and prompted some basketball experts to wonder about the effect that a series of defeats (the best pro teams lose a couple of dozen games a season) might have on the youngster. After all, they point out, Alcindor is almost totally unused to coming off the court a loser. In the past seven seasons, in high school and college, the teams he played on had an overall record of 184 wins and three defeats.
GONE TO POT
Conservationists have come out in favor of marijuana. After Governor Robert Docking of Kansas announced that he was going to ask the legislature to declare marijuana an "obnoxious weed" so that state funds could be used to spray it and wipe it out wherever it grows wild in the state, conservationists yelled blue murder. Marijuana, they said, "is an indigenous weed in Kansas and grows among giant ragweed, foxtail and other types of prime cover and seed for wildlife." They pointed out that game cover in Kansas is disappearing fast enough as it is. As corporate farming expands, much more land is put under cultivation. Brush patches common on old family farms are eliminated, and so are strips of brush that border fences. New techniques designed to utilize every square foot of ground allow cultivation right to fence lines, and the brush vanishes.
If efforts are made to eradicate the wild marijuana, goes the argument, then other wild plants will be eliminated, too, and 50,000 acres of cover desperately needed by birds and small game will be destroyed. The conservationists' case is a strong one, but so far they have not yet suggested to Governor Docking that he put it in his pipe and smoke it.