It looks as if Lee meant it when, after the operation, he said, "Those other guys better watch out. I've felt a pain in my side for about two years. Now that I've got rid of it, think how I'm going to hit that ball."
It used to be that Grambling College, alma mater of many a topnotch football player, was grandly known as Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute. Football, says Coach Eddie Robinson with a straight face, was responsible for changing the name.
One night, as he tells it, LNNII was playing another school, and the opponents ran the ball downfield close to the goal.
"Before our cheerleaders could say ' Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute, hold that line,' the other team had scored.
"Our president [Dr. R.W.E. Jones] then went down to Baton Rouge and got them to change the name to something shorter."
There is an old political saying in New Mexico that the ghosts are locked out of the graveyards on Halloween and not allowed to return home until they have voted in the November elections. Now, it appears, the spooks have had a few ghost horses to ride.
This month's mass campaign to vaccinate horses against a new strain of sleeping sickness (SI, Aug. 16) encouraged New Mexico horsemen to bring more than 75,000 of their animals to the free clinics.
Which was all right except that the state's chief tax assessor noted that only 24,245 of the horses have appeared on the tax rolls.