Ohio State slightly increased the seating capacity of its stadium this year when the open benches were given new Fiberglas covers. The covers were renumbered and in one area the numbers were closer together than the old ones, which means more tickets printed for the same space. The trouble is that this also means the seating spaces are necessarily narrower where such renumbering took place. Each Buckeye bottom must squeeze into a space 17 to 17� inches wide. However, according to local tailors the average width of a seated OSU fan is more like 18 to 20 inches, which makes for a lot of squeezing.
Fans in another section of the stadium have a different problem. Three rows of seats were added at the rear of the lower deck, which is fine unless you leap to your feet suddenly. The underside of a ramp to the upper deck may interrupt the upward leap of anyone more than 5 l/2 feet tall.
In sum, thin, short and hardheaded spectators are in demand at Ohio State.
When World Hockey Association teams decided to sign Canadian junior players (SCORECARD, Sept. 10), they had no idea of the problems that lay ahead. For instance, the Toronto Toros (some name, isn't it? Reminds you of the Mexico City Canucks) signed youthful Wayne Dillon, still in high school but an outstanding junior player. Last week the Toros were about to climb on the team bus to drive to an exhibition game in London, Ontario when it was discovered Dillon was late. Normally lateness is inexcusable and a fine is automatic. But when Dillon arrived he explained to General Manager Buck Houle that he couldn't help it: he had been kept after school. Houle was a shaken man. "I thought I had heard everything," he said.
FIT TO BE UNTIED
The NCAA will use a tie-breaking procedure in its Division II and Division III football tournaments this year. Eight teams will meet in the Division II tournament, with quarterfinals on Dec. 1, semifinals Dec. 8 and finals Dec. 15. Four teams will take part in Division III play on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8. Obviously, ties would ruin the schedule. So if a game ends all even, there will be a coin toss to determine which team gets possession and defends which goal. The team that gets possession puts the ball in play 15 yards from the opponent's goal line. If it does not score, the other team gets the ball on the other 15-yard line, and the game goes on until the tie is broken after an equal number of possessions. If Team A scores on its first possession, Team B then gets its chance to score and so on. Team A may hesitate before kicking a field goal, knowing that Team B may come back to score a touchdown and win. A defensive team cannot score. That is, an interception or a fumble merely gives the team possession.
It has been suggested that the tie breaker be employed in major bowl games, particularly if the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country are meeting for the unofficial national championship.