"It will hurt not talking politics," he said, "but a promise is a promise."
The lone person in the village who did not watch the race was the priest's 82-year-old mother, who locked herself in the parish house to pray for her son. "He'd never ridden a bicycle," she explained. "I was afraid he'd break his collar bone."
RUPP ON RUPP
Approaching his 70th birthday (on Sept. 2), Adolph Rupp, basketball coach at the University of Kentucky, remains pretty much the same old deservedly self-appreciative fellow of a quarter of a century ago who, when asked the reason for the Wildcats' success, replied, "Good coaching."
Now he has some ideas on the reasons for the comparatively poor showing of the U.S. basketball team in the recent Pan-Am Games:
1. It is impossible to get a team ready to adapt to international rules in three weeks.
2. While the Pan-Am Games were going on, some American basketball players were taking part in tournaments in other parts of the world, which diluted the U.S. team.
3. The professionals had signed most of the outstanding players.
4. Many American coaches have been asked to coach South American teams for the Olympics and other similar events, and many of them have accepted.
"I have not, however," Rupp said. Then, reverting to his old braggadocio, he added: "They're using my books, and I think that's enough."