Now two Massachusetts legislators have filed a bill empowering the state to take Harvard Stadium by right of eminent domain as a home for the Patriots and, incidentally, the Harvard team. Purpose: to keep the Patriots in Boston rather than forcing them to move to one of such outposts as Seattle, Memphis or Tampa.
To Harold Kaese, Boston Globe columnist, the proposal is "legislative larceny" and, indeed, the less politicians get their fingers into sport the better we like it. A more sporting way to settle the matter, we suggest, would be to have Harvard play the Patriots on a winner-takes-stadium basis.
A private in the Green Berets, a YMCA history student, an interior decorator's apprentice and a construction worker would seem to have very little in common. Actually, they are all members of the Chicago Clippers of the International Boxing League, organized by Sports Announcer Jack Drees and associates to develop amateur boxing talent for the Olympics and eventual professional careers. The league, which has Amateur Athletic Union approval, consists of eight teams, divided into two divisions. It plans a midseason all-star card and a postseason championship "fight-off." After two years of amateur operation, according to Drees, the league will turn professional. Team members would then be paid salaries.
The history major is Fred Houpe, a heavyweight, who feels that he can "make it big in boxing." Tom Moran, a light heavyweight, joined the Berets last summer and is about to report for active duty. His CYO and Golden Gloves record is 16 wins in 19 fights. Floyd Grenshaw, a middleweight, is a former high school wrestler who hopes boxing will permit him to open his own interior decorating shop. And Eddie Murray, construction worker and lightweight, "just likes to fight."
The league alignment:
Western Division: Chicago, St. Louis, Denver and Milwaukee.
Eastern Division: New York, Miami, Detroit and Louisville.
HAT FOR ALL SEASONS
The good luck charm is sacred to many superstitious sports figures, but when Auburn's football team beat Alabama 49 to 26 for the first time in six years Auburn Coach Ralph (Shug) Jordan threw superstition to the winds. What he threw, in fact, was his very personal good luck talisman, an Irish tweed hat.