SI Vault
Edited by Martin Kane
February 15, 1971
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February 15, 1971


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"When you look at most runners, the feet go out a little bit and they're really gripping the ground only with the big toe and the one next to it.

"The pigeon-toed guy toes his foot in and all five toes are dug in, giving him a strong base, more strength in running, greater power and also more speed. Now if you couple a pigeon-toed runner with a man with an extra wide base you have something going for you."

Then there is the matter of necks. In Prothro's first season at Oregon State, the late Slats Gill was head basketball coach.

"I remember when Slats was talking about a prospect," Prothro says, "and someone told him that a boy was so tall. 'Does he have a long neck or a short neck?' Slats asked, and then he pointed out that a basketball player who was tall with a long neck wouldn't play as big as a boy who was equally tall with a short neck."

Now, if we could just breed for boys who are tall, short-necked and pigeon-toed, records will fall all over the place.


Starting a fire with a $20 bill is not necessarily an extravagant gesture. Few men can command insouciance when they are confronted with freezing to death.

What happened was that two Minnesota Viking pals, Defensive End Jim Marshall and Tackle Paul Dickson, went on a snowmobiling expedition at Bear-tooth Pass, Wyo. under extremely adverse conditions. Somehow the group of 16 decided it was all right to set out while a blizzard threatened.

Hugh Galusha, president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, died of exposure and fatigue. All snow machines conked out. Among those who started walking were Marshall and Dickson. From noon on Saturday until 2:30 a.m. Sunday they walked. Then they stopped in a tree-sheltered spot. Marshall started a fire with five $1 bills, added some candy wrappers, his billfold and checkbook. To keep the fire going, Dickson tossed in some $20 bills.

"Money didn't mean anything," Marshall said. "You can't beat nature with money."

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