ARE THERE NO COPS?
The unsporting behavior of basketball crowds at many arenas around the country has defied the best efforts of officials to suppress it, but last week Coach Al McGuire of Belmont Abbey College, playing at Jacksonville University, came up with a simple, game-losing solution.
Early in the game there was a fight on the floor between fans and players. One fan broke the nose of Belmont Abbey player Jim Lytle. Disturbances continued and, finally, with 8 minutes 32 seconds left to play and the score tied at 60-60, McGuire felt he had had enough. He took his team off the floor, forfeiting to Jacksonville. Game officials had lost control, he said, and "to have continued would have caused serious reaction by the fans."
Coach McGuire had the support of Belmont Abbey's president, the Very Rev. John A. Otgen, O.S.B., and he has ours, too.
HIGH, LOW AND THE GAME
One of the truly respected sports publications of the world is L'Equipe (French for The Team), whose 300,000 daily circulation is bigger than that of many other Paris newspapers. It was founded in 1899 by a wealthy French monarchist who was vilified by the press because he threw a rotten egg at the president of France. In riposte he established L'Equipe and dedicated it to the restoration of the monarchy.
But he was a sports nut, too, and after a while L'Equipe began to forget about politics and concern itself with more vital matters, like the Tour de France, which it founded, and Georges Carpentier. Today, when the world's political news becomes too grim to be borne, the circulation of L'Equipe shoots up as much as 30%. It scarcely ever mentions the monarchy any more.
Now L'Equipe has come through with a report on track and field that must be taken seriously, in part because L'Equipe so takes it and in part because quite a few track and field men around the world do, too. Says L'Equipe:
"The IAAF, which is now studying the problems raised by using fiber-glass poles, is about to open fire on stadiums of high altitude. It may very well be that, starting from next September, the IAAF will no longer recognize dash and vaulting performances achieved at an altitude of more than 1,000 feet (305 meters). Results on short distances are obviously affected by atmospheric pressure, for these [results] decrease in ratio to the elevation: average pressure at sea level is 1.013 millibars, at 2,500 meters it is no more than 770 millibars. The IAAF will, undoubtedly, fix the reasonable limit as 920 millibars, which corresponds to an altitude of 1,000 feet."
So much for Denver and Mexico City.