WINNING AND LOSING
American International of Springfield, Mass. has had an oddly distinctive year in football. Although its season record is only 3-4, the Yellow Jackets have made contributions to both the longest winning and longest losing streaks in college football.
?It snapped the longest losing streak in the country when it was defeated 17-14 by Bates, which had dropped 26 in a row.
?It opened the year by losing 28-19 to Bridgeport, to help extend that school's winning streak, which is now the longest in the country (18 straight).
American International feels it has a proprietary interest in both streaks because:
?In 1969 it beat Bates 30-9 to start that school on its losing slide.
?In 1971 it beat Bridgeport 6-3, which was Bridgeport's last defeat before starting its winning run.
The winner of the Olympic decathlon is usually dubbed "the world's greatest athlete," and it seems a just appellation. But there is a biennial competition in Boston—its third renewal takes place this Saturday—whose winner deserves recognition as the greatest something or other. The Boston Decathlon, for such is its name, is not to be confused with that other, easier event called the Boston Marathon. The decathlon, as described by Dick Mount, its driving force, is a "one-day, 10-event test of all-round athletic ability." It begins at 6:30 in the morning with nine holes of golf. After that comes a basketball-shooting contest in which each entrant has 30 free throws. Shotputting is next, with a modest 12-pound shot used instead of the more formidable 16-pound cannonball. Then a mile run (contestants may walk if the need arises), followed by a baseball throw for distance. Back to the track for sprinting—the 100-yard dash—and long-jumping. A 100-yard swim—event No. 8—ends the more strenuous part of the day, as things ease off to the gentler pastimes of bowling (three games) and pool (how many shots it takes to clear all 15 balls from the table).
Trophies go to the winner of each of the 10 individual events and to the top three point winners overall. Points are based on a special scoring table in which 100 is the maximum that can be earned in each event. If you shoot 47, say, for the nine holes of golf you earn 86 points. Sinking 15 of 30 free throws in basketball is worth 82. Running the mile in exactly seven minutes is 80, and so is long-jumping 13'10". See? It isn't too difficult. If you survive. And Mount advises that ice-cold beer will be available throughout the day.