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Challenged with all this, Revie broke silence last week to announce he was suing the Mirror for libel. The Football Association, the ruling body of soccer in England, has appointed a committee of inquiry.
The first metric college football game, suggested in this space last November by Dr. Andrew Hulsebosch of the Eastern Analysis Institute, took place in Northfield, Minn. last Saturday on a field 100 meters long and 50 meters wide. With Tom Fiebiger, an 86-kilogram running back leading the attack, St. Olaf walloped hometown rival Carleton College 43-0. The extra-wide field, said Carleton Coach Dale Quist, "overemphasized St. Olaf's outside running ability. At the end, every meter seemed like a mile to us."
All was not lost for Carleton fans. The first Liter Bowl gave students the chance to sport T shirts saying CHEER-LITER and DROP BACK 10 METERS AND PUNT. And at halftime Carleton honored General Ulysses S. Gram, skier Jean-Claude Kilo and baseball's Harmon Kilogram, all figures to reckon with by any standard of measurement.
When Manager Earl Weaver of the Orioles forfeited a game to Toronto last week, a question must have flashed through the minds of some fans: has a pennant ever been lost because of a forfeit? The answer is yes, and it happened in 1889 to the St. Louis Browns who, coincidentally, became the Orioles in 1954.
In 1889, St. Louis was battling the Brooklyn Bridegrooms for the championship of the American Association, a major league at the time. On Sept. 7, the Browns played in Brooklyn and led 4-2 as the Bridegrooms came to bat in the eighth inning. The skies grew dark, and Captain Charles Comiskey of the Browns asked the umpire, whose name was Goldsmith, to call the game. Goldsmith refused, and in protest Chris Von der Ahe, the owner of the Browns, lit candles in front of his team's bench. An argument followed, and the Browns left the field. When they did not return in five minutes, Goldsmith declared Brooklyn the winner by the forfeit score of 9-0. Happy Brooklyn fans celebrated by smashing the windows in the Browns' clubhouse.
The next day, the angry Von der Ahe refused to play Brooklyn again, claiming that the police protection was inadequate. Umpire Goldsmith then awarded Brooklyn a second forfeit victory. Brooklyn went on to win the pennant with a 93-44 record, while the Browns finished second with 90-45. Had the Browns won the two forfeit games, they would have taken the championship.
The Seattle Slew of Mexico is said to be a sham. The Jockey Club of Mexico voted last week to expel Jos� and Antonio Miguel Nader, charging that the brothers falsified information about Nacel's Fast, winner of the 1977 Mexican triple crown. The Mexican authorities say they have evidence that the horse was born in Kentucky and thus ineligible to run in one of the races, the Gran Premio Nacional, which is open only to Mexican-bred horses.