The University of Pennsylvania crew had a slight lead over Harvard and Navy at the halfway point in its 2,000-meter race last Saturday and might have gone on to victory except for a technical problem. Its boat sank. The shell, a brand-new one, had been christened before the race in honor of Joe Burk, the old Penn single sculls star and former crew coach who came all the way to Philadelphia from his retirement home in Arizona for the occasion. The ceremony went calmly but the river was rough and a fabric cover over the forward deck let go. The Penn oarsmen rowed on gallantly for a bit, but when water began swirling around their ankles they gave up and went down with the ship.
The crew, which had been confident of victory, surfaced wet, frustrated and angry. Burk, more philosophical, said, "Maybe we shouldn't have used champagne at the christening."
CON AND PRO
College football, which has come in for considerable criticism lately, received mixed reviews this week. One of the questions in a survey of 70 members of the University of North Carolina squad by Offensive Tackle George Simpson, a journalism and psychology major, asked whether the players would stay in foot-hall if they were not receiving grants-in-aid. Of the 44 who answered the survey, a surprising 38 said no, and only three said yes. A majority complained that the college game was too "professionalized" and offered comments like, "Coaches are paranoid over winning games" and "There is no concern for the welfare, especially academically, of the players." Others said. "Football is no fun" and "Football takes up too much time."
A far more positive reaction to the game comes from the University of Texas, where a reunion of the 1963 national champions disclosed some interesting postfootball accomplishments. Of the 47 men who won letters in 1963, 44 went on to receive their degrees from the university. Several continued studies for advanced degrees, and two are still attending graduate school.
Eight of the lettermen became lawyers. One became a bank president. Among the others are an architect, an engineer, a mathematics professor, a New York investment banker and the mayor of Hondo, Texas.
The prognosis on Gene Littler, who underwent surgery for cancer last month, appears to be excellent. A malignant tumor was taken from his left arm, but lymph nodes, later removed, showed no further evidence of cancer. What is of immediate concern now to Littler, who is noted for the graceful smoothness of his swing, is the damage that the surgery did to the nerves and muscles of his arm. He has been receiving therapy three times a week but says, "I can do a few things I couldn't do a few weeks ago, but getting into competitive shape is going to take a long time. It's as though I'm speaking English to a foreign arm." He does not expect to play tournament golf this year.
Despite this, Littler, as you might expect from such a man, is in excellent spirits and says he feels fine. A real pro.