George Allen, whose Washington Redskins have been in three sudden-death overtimes this season and lost two of them, one after a highly questionable call on a touchdown pass, is against such tie breakers during the regular season. "Whatever I say now sounds like sour grapes," Allen declares, sounding like sour grapes, "but I've always voted against it. I think overtime should apply in playoffs, yes, but it's too much during the regular season. It doesn't help the game that much. There are some games where you hate for either team to lose because they both played so well."
Despite Allen's prejudice, the tiebreaker rule has helped the game, but a man is entitled to his opinions. And it should be pointed out that some highly memorable games were ties: the Pitt-Fordham battles in the 1930s, Army-Notre Dame in 1946, Harvard-Yale in 1968. We'll try to forget Michigan State-Notre Dame in 1966.
Just last week, as though to support this argument in favor of standoffs, a high school soccer game in Delaware ended in a tie, and all hands agreed it would have been a shame if it hadn't. Wilmington Christian School and Fairwinds Christian finished regulation play at 1-1. They went through two standard five-minute overtimes without scoring and then a five-minute sudden-death overtime the same way. They went through another sudden-death, and another. And then a fifth overtime, a sixth, a seventh, all the way to 12. Finally, after three hours of soccer, the game, still 1-1, was called and the two schools became co-champions of the Christian League.
Said Fairwinds Coach Tom Smith, "We decided we had proved to be each other's equal. A tie was a good way to end it. We didn't want somebody to win on a lucky shot after all that."
You can almost hear George Allen saying, "Amen."
CALL HIM HENRY
The name of the first prime minister of the newly independent South American republic of Surinam is Henck Arron.
ODD MAN OUT
Sonny Randle, who was fired last week at the end of his second season as head coach at Virginia, was grievously miscast as football warden at his old school. Randle felt his players should be totally committed to the game. His practices were long and hard. He had strict rules governing the team's appearance and behavior away from football. He was upset when he learned that squad members were going to parties; he felt that defeat—his team had many—should leave the players chagrined and with nothing on their minds but a determination to win next time.
"There were certain ideas here that Coach Randle just didn't fit in with," says Tom Fadden, one of the few players who appeared to get along well with the coach. "His basic philosophy conflicted with Virginia's philosophy."
Academic accomplishment and social activity are more important at Virginia than football success. For instance, the 1975 football program contains articles dealing with William Faulkner and Marcel Proust, and drinking during games often takes precedence over such things as paying attention to cheerleaders. Unless, perhaps, the cheer is one described in the football program as going: "Part-y Woo! Part-y Woo! P is for party, A is for all night long, R is for right now, T is for take it slow, Y is for why not. Part-y!"