Apparently the risk was worth it to Namath. He had approached this season with a revived interest, an enthusiasm for the game he had not shown in years. Given physical soundness, he needed that special mental attitude to prove to the football world how great he really was. Now we may never know.
THE AMATEUR FORECASTER
The general opinion among golfers is that the Masters championship is decided every April at Augusta. Friends of Paul Fiorita, a Greenwich, Conn. amateur with a five handicap, know otherwise. It is decided the previous July in the pro shop of the Westchester (N. Y.) Country Club, when pairings are drawn for the Pro-Am Tournament that precedes the Westchester Classic.
Except for one year when Fiorita's pro partner wasn't invited to Augusta, the professional he has been paired with in the Pro-Am has gone on to win the next year's Masters. The magic worked first for George Archer in 1969, then for Billy Casper in 1970. Last year Fiorita confidently told his partner what to expect. Charles Coody just laughed.
This year Paul was paired with Don Bies of Seattle, whose name you may not recognize. But, come next April, maybe you will.
SPORT FOR SOREHEADS
One of the occupational hazards of soccer is a sore head—arising from the rule that only the goaltender may touch the ball with his hands. The other players advance the ball or shoot it with their feet—or their heads.
As a consequence, a new kind of practice has developed in London's Harley Street, the world-famous British medical center. Soccer players are going to the Harley Street Clinic to get their heads toughened. The treatment is a professional secret.
"The treatment makes it easier for the players to head the ball because it is less painful, and it is doing fantastic-things for them," a clinic spokesman explained. "There has been a fantastic amount of inquiries from footballers."
REMEMBRANCE OF TIMES PAST