recruiting high school football players like to tell young prospects that
they'll be joining a winning "program" if they come to old Hardnose
Tech, but too often they have to admit, "Well, yes, we were upset by
Not so for the
staff at Texas A&I of Kingsville, Texas. The Javelinas, champion of the
NAIA, have won 39 straight games, the longest winning streak in college
football. The streak is so long that the veterans returning to the squad next
fall possess in common a unique status among college players. None has ever
played in a losing game. Now that is what you call a winning program.
former tennis star and one-time captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team, is worried
about the infighting in his game. Noting the plethora of governing
organizations in tennis—ATP, WTA, ILTF, MIPTC, USTA, TDA, as well as sponsored
tours such as the Colgate Grand Prix, World Championship Tennis and the
Virginia Slims circuit—he says, "The struggle for power and control of the
game is heating up again."
recommends a "single unified circuit and a strong, well-funded satellite
tour." He feels it is vitally important that the pros have the opportunity
to compete in a different tournament every week of the year, without having to
worry about conflicting events. He wants Davis Cup competition included in the
tournament schedule. He wants a system of credits for good play so top players
can qualify automatically for major tournaments, as top golfers do.
tour would let untested players—the Everts and Connors of tomorrow—hone their
skills and develop tournament toughness. "Every kid can hit the ball
well," Talbert says, "but some are exceptional. With the chance to play
regularly in satellite events, it wouldn't be long before such kids move up
into major competition. Right now, with so many events starting with fields of
only 16 players, it is almost impossible for an unknown to get a shot at a
support of the game would continue under Talbert's plan, but a player might
appear in a WCT tourney one week, an ATP tourney the next, and so on. Certain
events would be mandatory for top players, just as certain golf events are
"designated" must events for golf stars.
survive in spite of itself," Talbert says, "but for it to flourish,
greed must be replaced by the realization that the game as a whole is the
important thing. A single unified major league is the lock. Effective,
unselfish management is the key."
players call them, those men in the striped shirts with the whistles and the
"flags" you see on so many plays. But who are these energetic arbiters
of the law? Unlike baseball umpires, pro football officials are amateurs, in a
sense, for whom the game is an avocation. Take the men who ran things on the
field during last Sunday's Super Bowl, the biggest single sporting event of the
year. In real life the referee, Jim Tunney, is an assistant superintendent of
schools in Bell-flower, Calif. The umpire, Lou Palazzi, is a landscape
architect in Scranton, Pa. The head linesman, Ed Marion, is an insurance man in
Portland, Maine. Line Judge Bill Swanson is vice-president of a bank in
Libertyville, Ill. Back Judge Tom Kelleher is an executive with a lamination
company in Philadelphia. And the field judge, Armen Terzian, is director of
physical education for schools in San Francisco.