Broker Nye thought a moment and then, his blue eyes widening behind his spectacles, he said: "I guess I just love every doggone thing about it!"
QUIZ FOR WHISTLE TOOTERS
Football officials have a stock tale: about the grizzled veteran of yesteryear who would show up for a game and casually ask his fellow officials "Well, boys, what's new in the rules this year?"
It is no longer like that. Football officials now are tested and graded like government-inspected meat to see whether they come up to exacting standards of knowledge, "field work," health and availability—and to what degree. A top-ranking Division I referee needs brains, experience and legs.
The 100 high-echelon personnel of Asa Bushnell's Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials have just sweated out their eighth annual preseason exam, this one in red-bricked Carlin Hall, classroom building on the sloping campus of Holy Cross College.
Before the exam they gathered in small groups, some talking quietly, some thumbing nervously through the thick NCAA football rules book.
"It should be just about the same type of exam that we've taken the last couple of years," one said hopefully. "The only major rule change is in the substitution rule."
"But it's always a tough one," another reminded him.
This was quite true. This year's test asked, for instance, whether an intercepted pass was incomplete when the interceptor snared the ball inside his own end zone but while touching a goal post. (Answer: Pass incomplete.)