Rev. Michael Sheridan, S.J., vice-president of Creighton University, was listening to a delayed broadcast of the school's basketball win over Bradley when he wondered aloud, "Why am I so nervous? I know how this comes out."
Said a fellow Jesuit: "Now you know how God must feel."
THESE ARE LOOK-ALIKES?
Wyn Sargent, the Californian who married an Indonesian chieftain in order to get warring rivals together for a celebration and peace, is back from West Irian (formerly Netherlands New Guinea), and the news—as Sargent sees it—is all good. Far from being savages who will boil you in a pot, the Dani tribesmen, she reports, are very much like Americans. For instance, the Dani have two kinds of war: one serious, one recreational.
Seem familiar? If not, it may help to know that in Sargent's mind the recreational Armageddon plays out to something akin to a National Football League game. "They yell and scream and holler and charge around and shoot arrows," she says, but the arrows have no feathers and are mostly inaccurate and harmless. "A fellow might get hurt," she adds, "but he hardly ever dies."
Oh, one more thought. The fun wars are to propitiate dead ancestors. Serious wars, presumably, are for creating dead ancestors to be propitiated.
A GARDEN OF WELL-VERSED WOMEN
Women's basketball came to Madison Square Garden last Saturday, and the excitement it generated suggests that New Yorkers had discovered something novel. They had, too, although that idea itself must be novel to, say, Iowans, who for years have jammed arenas 15,000 strong to watch the girls' high school state championship tournament.
The Garden game featured the Mighty Macs of Immaculata against Queens, the team from Long Island that last March broke Immaculata's 35-game winning streak 57-56. Prodded by a 30-second shooting clock, the women played a fast and patterned offense, mixing set shots with driving layups.