UP THE REVOLUTION
Anticipating an athletic budget of $3 million for 1975, the University of Oklahoma is tossing around another idea that is as sure to produce revolt as taxation without representation (SCORECARD, March 11). Athletic Director Wade Walker now wants to auction off season football tickets with bids starting at $1,000 for seats between the 40-yard lines and $100 for seats between the 20 and 40. At present the better seats are $7.25 for each of five home games. At Walker's prices they would cost $200 apiece.
We would like to report that when asked if he expected complaints, Walker said, "Let them eat cake." What he really said was, "I think you put it mildly."
After Bobby Nichols won the Canadian Open Golf Championship he posed for pictures with his family. At his elbow was the tournament trophy—an Eskimo sculpture in gray-black soapstone.
The Canadian Golf Association commissions a new work each year. This one is an Eskimo family group, the male's arms enfolding female and child. The proportions of the figures are stocky, the lines stylized, like the Mexican peasants in Orozco's murals. In short, Nichols won $40,000 and a work of art.
What a terrific thing it would be for the dens and game rooms of victorious athletes everywhere if the rest of the sporting world took its cue from the CGA. No more reproductions in silver plate of Victorian tea services, no leaping, hurling, diving figurines dipped in gold and perched atop Doric columns of pine and plastic. Instead, paintings and sculpture, antiquities and the work of superior artisans.
A town in central Illinois got its name, so the story goes, when the wife of a settler spun a globe and it stopped at the capital of China. Hence, Pekin, Ill., pop. 32,000.
About 30 years ago the Pekin Community High School athletic teams came to be called the Chinks, and for reasons too depressing to think about, they still are.