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MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY
Under the strict quota rules of the Canadian Football League no club may field more than 12 U.S. "imports." This puts a premium on U.S.-trained footballers who can qualify as Canadians. Usually they are players whose fathers were born in Canada, and who therefore are eligible for quick Canadian citizenship.
One such was former Pittsburgh Linebacker Dick Young, son of a onetime Nova Scotian. Young tried out for the Boston Patriots but raced up to Hamilton, Ont. when he heard the Hamilton Tiger-Cats were in the market for a "Canadian" linebacker.
Sure enough, he was welcomed with warmth and gladness. Tiger-Cat President Jake Gaudaur set the wheels of citizenship in motion. Head Coach Jim Trimble played Young in two games, both of which Hamilton lost. A few weeks ago Dick Young renounced his U.S. citizenship and became a Canadian citizen. A few days ago he was cut from the team.
Now Young is headed back home. He's an immigrant. With luck he may become a U.S. citizen in five years.
A REAL AID TO SPORTSMEN
Anthony Brocato of Greenville, Miss. has taken a hollow duck decoy, inserted a small, battery-operated motor with its propeller shaft sticking out the rear end, and cut a hole under the beak for an electric cord which is attached to a remote-control box. Swimming around, this gadget really makes suckers out of ducks, Mr. Brocato says. He has patented it and put it into production.
When the ducks come swarming around this electronic phony, what you do is uncover your battery of 50-caliber machine guns and let 'em have it.
TO THE VICTOR, A LILY PAD
After his entry became the frog-jumping champion of Black Diamond, Ore. one day last week, 12-year-old Mike Stebley made a pretty unorthodox decision. Although his frog had won the $1 first prize and showed loads of potential for future contests, Mike announced: "He did such a good job today I guess I'll turn him loose."