VIVE LE STADE!
The Olympic Stadium that plunged Montreal into debt is paying off for local teams. The Expos, struggling to reach .500, have almost doubled last year's total attendance—646,704 to 1,186,232, the largest increase in baseball this season. And now the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League are getting the crowds. On July 26 they drew 55,000 to Olympic Stadium for a game against Calgary, one of the weakest CFL teams. The Alouettes followed that with 63,300 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and a sellout 66,544 for the Ottawa Rough Riders, the Grey Cup champions. All this leads to speculation that the National Football League might take another look at Montreal, where Alouette crowds have exceeded those expected in some NFL cities this year.
BY THE NUMBERS
A funny thing happened at New York's Monticello Raceway last week. Bucking odds of 40,319 to 1, all eight horses in Tuesday night's second race finished in their post positions. Some octofecta!
METRIC FOOTBALL, CHAPTER II
In this space last November, Dr. Andrew Hulsebosch of the Eastern Analysis Institute suggested that football switch from yards to meters. A realist, Hulsebosch knew there was scant chance of getting the NFL or major colleges to try the metric system, but he hoped that a small academically oriented college, such as Carleton, might try it out.
Well, Jerry Mohrig, a chemistry prof at Carleton, read the item and spoke to Jack Thurnblad, the athletic director. As a result, Carleton will play the first metric college football game on Sept. 17 in Northfield, Minn. against its hometown rival, St. Olaf. The Carls and the Oles, who have been almost dead-even over the years (28 wins for Carleton, 26 for St. Olaf and one tie), will do battle for the traditional Goat Trophy on a field 100 meters—or 109.36 yards—long. The players' heights and weights will be in centimeters and kilograms. To make a first down, a team must advance 10 meters (10.94 yards), which makes Carleton Coach Dale Quist think that the offenses will be wide open and that passing and kicking will play big roles. Everything is in readiness, except for the height of the crossbar, which probably will be set at an even number of meters. Whether the crossbar will be higher or lower than the standard 10 feet is a subject of discussion between the two teams. Watch this space for further details.