"Team A end drops directly back off line of scrimmage, putting Team A tackle in end position on the scrimmage line. There are no backs outflanking him or in motion outside of him. Therefore, tackle on end of line is an eligible pass receiver. (True or false?)" (Answer: False.)
An official's over-all rating, based on part on the exam, might put him into Division I or drop him back to Division II. The bottom rank, Division III, is made up of rookie officials gaining the necessary five or six years of experience requisite to qualification for Division II. They begin by officiating in freshman games, then gradually work up to 150-pound contests and junior varsity games. Even clock operators, who also can fill in for injured game officials, take exams. On the day the Division I officials were being quizzed at Holy Cross, the lower groups, including clock operators, were being examined in Baltimore, New York, Pittsburgh, Boston, Philadelphia and Syracuse.
Ellwood A. Geiges, association secretary, ran through signals with the Division I officials on such topics as the "sucker shift" ("Have to bear down on that, fellows"), "convenient epilepsy" and easily-ripped football jerseys ("Make sure they don't tear them themselves to gain a time out").
Another kind of school is scheduled to open during freshman orientation week at the University of New Hampshire. There members of the New Hampshire Football Officials Association will teach 927 frosh "How To Enjoy Football."
GOLF: THE DEFENSE
Down through the centuries, the gamesmanship of golf has been concerned primarily with the attack, the arts of the nag and the needle to be applied in a thousand and one devious ways to the opponent, always, of course, in the spirit of helpfulness and friendly feelings. But what of the defense against such tactics? Here, for the benefit of those who have not yet been handed a copy at the first tee, is a thoroughgoing codification of defensive strategy now making the rounds:
My handicap is — —. I'm not interested in hearing that you aren't playing to your handicap; and until I've seen you play a few holes, I'm not interested in playing for more than a dime Nassau. If at any time I'm interested in press bets, I'll let you know.
Do not embarrass us by asking that I concede any of your putts. I will volunteer to do so if in my judgment it is deserved.
I admit it is a nice day for golf, that the weather has either been hot or cold, and that the greenskeeper is doing an excellent job.
Kindly refrain from telling me of your past performances on the golf course. The only round which interests me is the one we are about to play.