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The Kansas City Chiefs won only three of the seven NFL games they played this season in their elegant new playpen. Arrowhead Stadium, and a San Diego psychiatrist suggested that the new stadium may be a symptom of the team's decline. Dr. Arnold Mandell, head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego and a football nut, offered his theory as an aspect of the "sociology of institutions." He said, "When an idea or a movement finds realization in a building, its vision is decreased. There are a lot of examples. Scientific institutions, research laboratories, religious movements. Now, maybe football teams." The argument is that the thrust of energy that went into the development of the thing itself is subconsciously diverted into the monumental edifice that houses it.
The Chiefs did not think much of the Mandellian theory. Coach Hank Stram said, "I don't think you can blame the decline on anything other than the way we play." Linebacker Willie Lanier said, "When football gets to the point that you have to think about the psychology of going into a new building, it's really going to be a headache. We've got enough to think about, trying to move the ball and stopping the other side."
SOMETHING FOR THE GIRLS
The women's movement in sport received a big boost at the University of New Mexico, where the athletic council recommended that the budget for women's intercollegiate athletics be jumped from $9,300 to $35,000. The girls compete in basketball, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, track and field, wrestling and skiing. University President Ferrell Heady said, "That expenditure is justified. There is an inequity of proportion right now."
Finding the funds for the justified expenditure is another matter. The athletic council stipulated that if the money was not available elsewhere, it should be taken from the budget for the men's program—which is roughly $1.5 million—although it should not come from small-budget sports. That leaves basketball, a moneymaker, and football, which is already running at a deficit.
President Heady, like his counterparts in the Western Athletic Conference, would like the NCAA to return to more economical one-platoon football, but that seems far off. In the meantime, the men are uneasy. Athletic Director Pete McDavid said, "I think it's fine, but I'm going to battle anything that will take money away from our own program." Football Coach Rudy Feldman said, "I'm all for supporting women's athletics, but there must be someplace to draw the line on fiscal responsibility."
Basketball Coach Norm Ellenberger was more philosophical. "I've had women dipping into my pocket ever since I learned about them on a farm in Indiana," he said, "so I'm not surprised. But I've always been in favor of women and we should do everything we can to keep them happy. Where the funds will come from is a mystery to me, but then it's always a problem to satisfy a woman's wants."