Tittle also tells of an experience he had more recently coaching Pop Warner football. He was looking for a player who could placekick, and with that in mind lined up his entire squad and had each boy attempt a kickoff. One 12-year-old trotted toward the ball, hesitated, moved toward the ball again, paused once more and finally stopped dead.
"Kick the ball," Tittle ordered, with some impatience.
"Coach," the boy said, "which foot do I kick it with?"
PLAY AND REPLAY
Long after the telecasts of the Montreal Olympics had faded into memory, Mrs. John A. Fisher Jr. of Memphis was startled to discover her son Charley high-jumping inside the house. Charley is four. He set a cane pole across a doorway at a height of about a foot and a half, put cushions on the far side to function as his PORTaPIT and an ottoman on the near side to give him height and spring. Then he called on his mother to come and watch him jump. He cleared the height—not once, but several times. Mrs. Fisher smiled her approval, applauded and finally turned to go.
"Wait, Mom," Charley called. "Now watch me do it slow motion."
Jack Tatum, the Oakland Raider safety who was fined $750 by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle in the aftermath of the Raiders' post-whistle attack on the Pittsburgh Steelers' Lynn Swann a few weeks ago, was seen reading a book on the Raiders' flight to Boston before last Sunday's game with the New England Patriots. The name of the book was Winning Through Intimidation. Considering what happened to the Raiders in their game with the Patriots, maybe Tatum ought to shift to How to Win Friends and Influence People.
Technically, the award was justified. After all, 1976 was her first season in World Team Tennis. Yet it seems odd to read that, after six seasons of big-time competition and nearly $1 million in prizes, Chris Evert has been named the WTT Female Rookie of the Year.
Rookie Evert and other women on the pro tennis tour will have even greater opportunities to rake in the gold next year. The Virginia Slims circuit, which began in 1970 with one $5,000 event, has increased its purses to $1.25 million for its 12-week season. The treasure hunt begins on Jan. 3 in Washington, D.C. and ends late in March in Madison Square Garden with the $150,000 Slims championship. That is also known as the Chris and Evonne Show, since only people named Evert and Goolagong have won the Slims singles title in its five years of existence.