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Edited by Robert W. Creamer
October 08, 1973
POLITICS IMany people are against the amateur sports bill that Senator John Tunney is sponsoring in Congress. They are fearful of intrusion by government into sport, and so are we. But marathon runner Kenny Moore contends the bill is the only reasonable way to end the serious division in American sports administration that has existed for more than half a century. Moore writes: "The absurd sanctioning wars and disqualifications by both the NCAA and AAU in recent years have been the inevitable consequence of this basic schism, and barring a staggering reversal of character, conciliation is not at hand. Mediation in the past by such referees as Douglas MacArthur, Theodore Kheel and Archibald Cox (now assigned to an easier case) failed utterly. The issue is not which do you trust, the private sector or government control. Rather, it is how a solution can be effectively imposed upon the intransigent groups. The Tunney bill trustbusts the AAU's hold on eight Olympic sports, permitting each to be administered by those who know it best. It prohibits the NCAA from arbitrarily disqualifying student athletes from international competition. It is not disruptive, except of those structures that have kept the people in amateur sports at the barricades for so long."
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Winkelmann brings fascinating credentials to the association. An American born in England, he served in intelligence during the Korean War, studied and taught criminology at San Jose State, developed a thriving armored car business, marketed the wide Wink mirror and then went into racing with Rindt. Among the names being bruited about to drive for Gurney-Winkelmann are Peter Revson, Mario Andretti, Brett Lunger, Carlos Pace and Jochen Maas. Any would enhance the team's chances for success, and Winkelmann may have to develop a new armored car to carry home the loot.

The rising cost of meat has affected dead fish prices. Seriously, folks. Maryland's State Fisheries Administration has a scale of values for dead fish with which it evaluates the dollar cost of fish kill caused by pollution. Under new guidelines, scheduled to go into effect next January, the established prices will be hiked from 10% to 500%, depending on the species offish and its size. Cash value of fish kills in 1971 and 1972 in the state were more than $25,000. Now with the price of four-inch menhaden leaping from 2� to 10�, it's hardly worth polluting anymore.


Bill Serra of College Athletic Placement Service (SCORECARD, Sept. 24) wishes to correct the impression that he does not take soccer players as scholarship candidates. "Soccer hasn't caught on in spectator appeal in the U.S. as yet," he says, "but there definitely are college scholarships available." And he does handle soccer players. "With a great deal of effort," he adds.

One of the problems, says Serra, is soccer coaches, creators of the all-state list. "Take here in New Jersey, for instance. There are hundreds of all-state soccer players. Each coach picks a couple of kids to nominate and they automatically make the list. They come in here and I ask them, 'You play inside left and shot eight goals in 24 games and you made all-state?" And they did, they have their framed certificates to verify it. Well, the coaches are trying to build up the sport's appeal to the boys, but it lessens the honor to have all-state too easy to achieve."


The following letter arrived the other day for this department.

"I don't know where you obtain your quotes for 'They Said It," but here is one I would like to submit. It has appeared in the Greensboro and Durham newspapers in North Carolina. I have attached a clipping of the quote."

The clipping was taped to the letter at this point. It read:

Mark London, Duke halfback, is the roommate of Quarterback Mark Johnson. A couple of days ago London said of his roommate, "Mark is hardly a dull person. He has three girl friends on campus and one back home, and seems to keep them all happy. He gets around." Well, maybe he did before that statement was made.

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