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After graduating from college in 1934 I served as head linesman for Port Allegany (Pa.) High School (where I played football in 1927 and 1928) for the next several years. During the season of 1934 I was accused by partisan fans of calling offside only because their team had made a long gain. Therefore, in the season of 1935 I tied a large bandanna handkerchief to a heavy metal nut. Thereafter I called offside not only by blowing the horn but at the same time I hurled the bandanna high in the air. Thus the spectators were aware of an infraction of the rules before the play developed.
This helped the sideline fan to know what was going on and at the same time insured my continued good health when visiting the bistros and pubs in neighboring cities.
Nowhere in the article is any credit given to the super left hook thrown by Nino. That punch would have stopped a bull elephant!
According to the announcer of the last Italian fight I witnessed on TV, three warnings relating to a major infraction (butting, low punching, rabbit punching, etc.) were grounds to disqualify a fighter. Rodriguez was warned four times.
After inspecting my shoulder, Dr. Kerlan said I had a separation. The doctors in San Diego, with the use of X rays, had not found the separation. Six months later—upon sight examination—Dr. Kerlan made the right diagnosis.
It was not only his medical sense that made me a believer in Dr. Kerlan. It was the fact that he treated me with as much compassion and professionalism as he had treated the Dodgers, Lakers and Rams.