A police official said, "We are inquiring into the matter. There was a pheasant shoot on private property. It seems rather hazardous that these children should go on a walk into the area." A parent replied, "I gave police advance warning of the walk and the route that would be taken. It seems wrong that the shoot should go on so close to a public path."
The most beautifully English comment on the affair came from one of the hunters. According to a child's mother, "Cindy had gone through before the gamekeeper stopped the other children. One of the guns told her to be quiet as she was disturbing the pheasants."
Even before Navy beat Army last Saturday, Vice Admiral James F. Calvert, superintendent of the Naval Academy, had some positive thoughts about the future of football at Annapolis. He said changes were being made in the academy's athletic program to increase the number of football victories in the future, and indicated that Navy's disastrous record in recent years was the result of bad decisions in the past. "We've suffered from some policies that have not been entirely constructive," he said, without detailing those policies. "I'd rather not be specific because it would be critical of some who are not here to defend themselves." Admiral Calvert would not specify what changes were in order, other than to say the improvement would be made without stepping down in class, from a football point of view. "Schedules are set 10 and 12 years ahead," he said. "There is no workable way they can be changed." But he said Navy football would be fully competitive, even taking into consideration the high academic standards the academy requires. "I expect to be running as good a program as Colorado Springs is now," he said, referring to the bowl-bound Air Force Academy. Target date for all this? The 1980s.
The Baltimore Bullets of the NBA have been trying hard the last few years to attract patrons from Washington. Owner Abe Pollin is said to have insisted that the ABA's Washington Caps move away (they became the Virginia Squires) as a prelude to merger talks between the two leagues. Pollin didn't want to lose all that potential revenue from 40 miles down the expressway. To encourage visitors from the Capitol district, the Bullets have ticket agencies there and run special buses for folks traveling to Baltimore for Bullet games. Sometimes it all seems more like pie in the sky than money in the till. A few weeks ago, when the Bullets played the inept Cleveland Cavaliers, the 48-seat special bus carried a cheering throng of four people from Washington to Baltimore (and, because one Washingtonian chose not to make the return trip, only three on the way back).
Of course, Baltimore fans were not too enthusiastic about that particular game, either. Total attendance was a meager 2,211. Still, without Washington, it would have been only 2,207.
HOLD THE LABEL SIDEWAYS
The great big modern world of Little League baseball has taken another step to preserve the character of America's whilom national pastime. Aluminum bats are being tested. A Little League report says no differences (no differences?) have been found between some of the aluminum bats and wooden bats. They even sound the same when the ball is hit. Aluminum bats cost more, but because they don't split, crack or splinter, the long-range cost is less.
But how do your hands feel when you hit one on the handle on a cold day in March? In fact, how do you even hold one on a cold day in March?
Some racetrack people are still impressed by the now common practice of flying top horses cross-country or across an ocean to race. That's nothing. Last week an Australian business group which is trying to develop racing in Indonesia, airlifted the makings of a race meeting from Melbourne 3,500 miles northwest to Djakarta. More than 80 horses, along with stable personnel, food and equipment, were flown in, and similar airlifts will take place during the next three months. No mention was made of totalizators or bookies accompanying the operation, but surely good old-fashioned Indonesian ingenuity will find a way to handle bets.