The effigies of
losing football coaches are being strung up quicker these days than horse
thieves on TV westerns. But nowhere did range justice come quicker than at
Duquesne University where Phi Kappa Theta fraternity happily "lynched"
its coach, David Durr, an English instructor, after the team lost only one
"He had it
coming. If he wasn't so conservative we would still be undefeated," said
one enraged student. "Undefeated?" snorted Coach Durr. "They only
played one other game and won that by a forfeit."
authority who may well have played the game with both parties concerned
confided recently that Richard Milhous Nixon is a better golfer than Dwight
David Eisenhower. Any evidence to the contrary, it was suggested, is just the
normal camouflage of a discreet junior executive keeping his links talent
hidden from a golfing boss.
Well, last week a
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED correspondent followed Dick Nixon around 18 holes, at Los
Angeles' posh Hillcrest Country Club, and found the Veep—if golf is any
indication—at his discreet and diplomatic best.
On the very first
tee Dick snatched his club up too quickly, then flung it down violently toward
the ball, which scooted 100 yards down the fairway like a destructed
Kaye (9 handicap), Danny Thomas (12) and Bernard Weinberg (13), the club
president, tried to cheer him up. "You get a Mulligan, a Ginsberg and a
Maloney on this tee," said Thomas. Nixon (17 handicap) accepted the offer,
hit all three extra shots. The Mulligan soared high in the air, landed behind
what might have been second base. The Ginsberg hooked far toward a distant oil
well. The Maloney was down the middle, 225 yards, and the nervous Veep felt
down the fairway toward Maloney, Mr. Nixon observed, a trifle less
diplomatically perhaps, "I never use a cart. It defeats the whole purpose
of the game," and recalled a Washington man of 70 who refuses to use even
bridges across gullies because he wants the exercise of walking the slopes. He
hit a fine nine-iron to the green and three-putted for what his partners
insisted was a five.
Then, using the
slightly stilted swing of a man who learned the game late, but a swing showing
the concentration which deserted him on the first hole, the Vice-president
began to improve.