The incident recalls a story told years ago by Joe H. Palmer, the renowned racing writer. Some trainers were talking about courageous horses and one mentioned a mare he had once owned who paused in the backstretch, gave birth to a foal, resumed racing, caught up to the field and won going away. "And talk about heart," the man said, "her foal finished second."
The junior varsity basketball teams of Washburn University in Topeka, Kans. and Fort Hays State of Hays, Kans. have played each other twice this year and still are unable to determine which is better. The first time they met, the teams had to finish their game by seven o'clock so that a scheduled telecast of the varsity game could start on time. The jayvee game ended with the score 75-75. Everyone assumed the issue would be settled when the schools met again in February. But again there was a television commitment, again the jayvees had to be off the court by seven o'clock, and again, even after an overtime period that they managed to squeeze in, the score was tied 90-90. Wait till next year.
AGIN THE GOVERNMENT
In Oregon, 4,961 students at Portland State University responded to an inquiry on how the money they paid in student fees should be spent. Despite a budding athletic program, 57% said they wanted less or no funding of football; 44% opposed student-fee money being used for basketball; 41% were anti-wrestling. But lest you think Portland State students are simply anti-sport, know that 45% opposed funding student government, 20% did not want their money going to academic activities and 16% were against using it for child care. Portland State students, apparently, don't like paying student fees.
THE SHOE FITS
Jack Eskridge, retiring equipment manager of the Dallas Cowboys, leaves behind two noteworthy comments on football shoes. "When I came here in 1960," he said, "the average football shoe was about 9� or 10. Now it's more like 12�. And not only are shoes bigger, there are more of them. A player used to have maybe one pair. Not any more. It's become a matter of prestige to see how many pairs you can pile up in your locker. Of course, when your team is successful the manufacturers are always gifting the players with samples."
On shoes best suited for artificial surfaces, he said, "After we moved to Texas Stadium in 1971 we had trouble with the footing on the new Tartan Turf when it was wet. We tested some shoes and finally took a nylon cleat with a stainless-steel tip. We found looking at films that our players had 35% to 40% better traction than visiting teams did. Our players had much better footing."
Football, obviously, is still a game of feet.
An iconoclastic, anti-hunting resident of Maine wrote to newspaper columnist Gene Letourneau about the drive to control deer-killing coyotes: "I must confess I am unable to understand why a human has more right to kill a deer than does a coyote. It seems to me a coyote who kills to survive is more than a hunter who kills for pleasure.
"I realize hunters will object to my saying they kill only for pleasure. They will claim there is more to hunting than killing, such as being in the woods on a fall day, the comradeship of fellow hunters and the thrill of matching wits with a wild animal. Some will say hunting is good for the economy of the state.