Sport buffs who seek the ultimate in Olympic memorabilia should pick up a pair of the athletic shoes that the Hanover chain now sells under the brand name "Pony." On the underside of the tongue of many of Hanover's Ponies is a label that reads "Official Shoe of the Canadian Olympic Team." The inside of the heel is stamped "Made in Taiwan."
Nudism has suffered another setback. A week before Nude Beach Day was celebrated throughout the land, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston upheld Federal Judge Frank Freedman, who earlier had sustained the Department of Interior's ban on skinny-dipping and basking in the buff at Cape Cod National Seashore Park. In their ruling the three judges opined that the liberties preserved under the Constitution "do not encompass the right to bathe nude."
In this day when nudity so clutters newsstands that it is hard to find a copy of Outdoor Life or Mechanix Illustrated, it would seem that this judgment is well behind the times. Although in spirit we dissent, in strict interpretation of the Constitution we find the decision without fault. The Constitution explicitly guarantees all people the right to bare arms, but it says nothing about the torso.
MAN'S SECOND-BEST FRIEND
The dog, commonly touted as man's best friend, is giving ground to the pig in Southern California. Under a five-year grant, Drs. Colin Bloor and T. M. Sanders of the University of California at San Diego are running pigs on treadmills to help assess the value of jogging to healthy humans as well as to postcardiac cases. Two groups of pigs are being tested, one perfectly sound and another in which heart damage has been induced. Although not much on speed (7:30 for the mile is tops), the short-legged porkers plug along, doing seven consecutive 12-minute miles in their hardest workouts. As controls in the test there are two comparable groups of pigs that simply lounge around, eating when they want. Although the testing is far from over, Bloor and Sanders have found that the damaged heart of a running pig can be restored to greater capacity than that of a healthy, indolent one.
Why test pigs? Why not dogs, since they easily adapt to treadmills? Because in several important ways pigs are more like people, or vice versa. Whereas in proportion to body weight the vital capacity of a house dog well exceeds that of man, the pig's is about equal, and its heart is similar. Dogs are essentially carnivores, while as Frank White, research assistant on the project, puts it, "The eating habits of pigs and men are much alike." Furthermore, dogs are by nature runners; pigs and men are not. "Take a dog to the beach, and he will run and run," White points out, "but I haven't found a pig yet that will run on a beach, and I've tried running with a few."
ENTER THE D.S.M.
Just when all the baseball gags about designated hitters, designated bullpen catchers, designated managers and designated wives on road trips seem to be dying away, the Southern League has fashioned out of living flesh an even more fanciful creature: the designated substitute manager. Before each game now, to speed up play, Southern League teams must designate the eligible player, coach or player-coach who will take charge in the event the real manager is thumbed out.
MONEY IN THE AMATEUR
In the record field of 2,655 golfers who this weekend will be trying to qualify for 189 places in the U.S. Amateur Championship there are some interesting names from other games: Joel Horlen, former White Sox pitcher; Bob Falkenburg, 1948 Wimbledon champion; Jerry West of the Lakers; John Brodie of the '49ers. West and Falkenburg will have a rough time because they are competing against 104 other golfers for seven places in the Greater Los Angeles area. The best bet of the stars is probably Brodie, a reinstated amateur who once toured as a pro. He will be one of 73 trying for five spots in Monterey, Calif.