The effect of all this on young John's soccer game remains to be seen.
GIMMIE AN EYE! EYE!
During the first round of the Indiana state high school basketball tournament at Anderson, Ind., Don Paddock of Frankton High lost a contact lens. The age-old problem. Everyone got down on hands and knees and searched. The floor was swept with towels, and the sweepings sifted. Nothing. So Kay Alexander came down out of Frankton's cheering section, removed one of her own lenses and passed it to Paddock. He popped it in and played the remaining 3� quarters with it, leading his team in scoring with 19 points, 9 for 22 from the field.
WORK WITH ME, WILLIE
The most exciting races of the Champions track and field meet March 4 in Los Angeles got under way as the crowd was filing from the Coliseum—and a horde of youngsters from the neighborhood swooped down on the field and made off with a bundle of shoes, sweat clothes, prizes and a $500 camera.
Decathloner Russ Hodge, half-miler Juris Luzins and Mike Larrabee, a former world-class quarter-miler now representing the Adidas shoe company, gave chase. Between the three of them they came up with the camera and Willie Shellmire, 17, who said he just ran because everybody else did. Deciding that Willie was perhaps blameless, Hodge let him off with a lecture. "These athletes work years for what they get," Hodge said. "What right has anybody to steal their stuff? If you want something then go out and work for it."
A few minutes later, as Hodge was leaving the stadium, Willie came rushing up. "Hey," he said. "You said I should work for what I want. Is that right?"
"Right," said Hodge.
"Well, good," said Willie. "That man down there said if I beat you in a 100-yard dash he'd give me a pair of shoes." He pointed to the grinning Larrabee.
"Damn it," Hodge cried. "O.K. O.K., we'll race. But if I pull a muscle I'll kill that Larrabee."
Barefoot and stripped down to a pair of slacks, Hodge lined up and discovered the field had grown to 14. Larrabee had tempted the mob by telling them Hodge did the 100 in 11 seconds.