?Open war between the pro football leagues will break out again when the NFL discovers that two top college prospects an Indiana end and a Washington State halfback, already are committed to the AFL and that more are on the way. The NFL is squirming under its self-imposed draft date of December 27.
?Russian Thoroughbred racing officials have allocated $3 million to buy foreign stock for breeding purposes and competition in international events. At England's Newmarket sales last week $26,460 of it made the first noteworthy Soviet purchases: three yearling colts by Alycidon, Grey Sovereign and Montaval.
? Las Vegas has put out an early line on the NFL playoffs. Jimmie (the Greek) Snyder, handicapper for the Hollywood Sports Service, makes either the Colts or the Packers three-point favorites over the Eagles in the championship game.
?Three National League clubs are after "retired" Red Sox Catcher Sammy White, but Sammy will return only if he can stay in the American League, where he can make a periodic check of his Boston bowling interests.
? Dallas Cowboy End Billy Howton, president of the NFL Players Association and second-leading pass receiver in league history, is considering a switch to the AFL's Houston Oilers next year. " Bud Adams [Houston Owner] offered me a lot of cash," said Howton. "But I watched an AFL game on television the other day, and it was pretty bad. I don't know if I'd want to play in a league like that." Have the Oilers seen the Cowboys on television?
WHO WIN IT?
Imagine a pro football game between the Colts and the Bears. The two teams pummel and pound each other up and down the field. There are 90-yard runs and 70-yard kicks and field goals and extra points and safeties. Finally the gun goes off, and it's over. But nobody leaves. Why? Because they're waiting for the decision. After 10 minutes of checking, cross-checking, adding and subtracting, the two judges and the referee turn in their cards, and a little man in a tuxedo walks to a field mike to tell everyone who won and by how much.
This, of course, is ridiculous, and this, of course, is roughly what happens in boxing. As shown once again last week when Gene Fullmer and Ray Robinson waged a draw in Los Angeles (see page 16), boxing keeps both its fans and its fighters in darkness. The ex post facto decisions are unfair to both, and they open the door to hanky-panky.
If the scoring had been posted round by round it might have changed the very outcome of the Fullmer-Robinson fight. Fullmer says he was told by Manager Marv Jenson that he "had the fight won." Therefore, says Fullmer, he coasted toward the end. As a matter of cold arithmetical fact, Fullmer was ahead by one point, the smallest possible margin, after 10 rounds. If he did coast, it nearly cost him his title. Robinson picked up the point and thus drew the fight.
If boxing officials could be persuaded, or ordered, to post their scoring round by round, no such situation—or alibi—could develop. A fighter going into the last round losing by a lot of points would know he had to fight like hell. A fighter barely breaking even after 10 rounds would know he dared not coast. And the fight fan (remember him?) would know what was going on, too. This is not a new idea, but for some reason boxing officials keep resisting it. They have nothing to hide, have they?