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Phil Esposito, the Boston Bruin star who ruined his knee early in the playoff series with the New York Rangers, was operated on at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital. After the Bruins were eliminated a few days later, the players dutifully gathered in The Branding Iron restaurant for their annual "breakup" dinner. The party was flat, dull and strained until someone noted that the restaurant was only a long slap shot from Massachusetts General. Almost at once several of the Bruins streamed out the restaurant door and across Charles Plaza to the hospital. It was about seven in the evening, and visitors were coming to and fro. The players went en masse to the fifth floor to Esposito's room and invited him to the party.
Because of the massive cast on his knee, it was impossible for Esposito to use a wheelchair. So the Bruins wheeled his bed out the door, along the corridor, into an elevator, down to ground level, out the door, across the street and into the restaurant. A huge roar went up. After a few speeches, a couple of drinks and a lot of laughter, Esposito was wheeled out again, back across the street and up to his room.
It all took less than an hour, but after it the party was alive.
OUT OF SIGHT
Graphite shafts are the new status symbol in golf. At the Masters Jack Nicklaus borrowed a graphite shaft driver from George Archer and sent six balls out of the practice area, over lofty pines and across a neighboring street. It was estimated that each carried 350 yards. Nicklaus was swinging for distance, not for accuracy, but even so his drives were extraordinary. Credit was given to the graphite shafts.
The novel shafts are lighter and stronger than steel and are said to add 30 yards to a golfer's distance off the tee. The lightness of the shaft allows the manufacturers to add as much as half an ounce more weight to the club head, which means greater force is applied to the ball.
There are some drawbacks. One is that the U.S. Golf Association, uneasy about the clubs, is planning tests to determine their ultimate legality. The other is expense. Where a pro-type wood with a steel shaft might sell for $35, a graphite shaft wood goes for $167.50. A set of four woods and 10 irons, all with graphite shafts, costs $2,020.
"But golfers don't seem to care about the price," says Toney Penna, the old golf pro now associated with a company making the new clubs. "We can't keep up with the demand."
Gary Shaw's book Meat On The Hoof is a bitter, critical memoir of his days as a college football player under Coach Darrell Royal at the University of Texas. Not surprisingly. Royal and Texas in general don't think much of it. Yet Frank Broyles, head coach at the University of Arkansas, has decided to circulate the book among his assistant coaches.