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It would be disastrous for Floyd to try to slug it out with Sonny. He must, instead, utilize his prime asset: mobility. Then he will be exploiting Liston's major deficiency: immobility. Patterson, in sum, must make Liston fight Patterson's fight. If he allows Sonny to dominate the ring and get the punching room he likes, Floyd will assuredly be knocked down and, ultimately, out.
Since the big fight takes place 36 hours after we go to press, our account, with photographs of the action in color, will not appear in the next issue but in the issue of October 8.
THE BALTIMORE SLAM
The grand slam is a feature of many sports—from bridge to baseball—and varies in all of them. The constant factor is that it represents supreme achievement—but who is to say that a grand slam in tennis is worth more than a grand slam in golf? One can no more compare them than one can compare peaches to grapefruit.
Just now Rod Laver is the tennis player of the year because he achieved a tennis grand slam—winning the four top titles. But if either of golf's two dominant players, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, had made the grand slam in their game, there might still be doubt as to which is better. Both golfers are capable of the grand slam. The problem of determining essential superiority is not in them but in the nature of the game itself.
Factors like the quality of the competition in any given year come into it but in the main tennis runs truer to form than does golf. One top player can dominate tennis more easily than one of equal ability can dominate golf. A little-noted reason is the far greater number of times a tennis player hits the ball. In a 72-hole golf tournament the winning player usually will hit the ball from 275 to 285 times. On the other hand, in his final match against Roy Emerson at Forest Hills, Laver hit the ball 141 times in a single set. During the entire tournament he played 23 sets and hit the ball more than 3,250 times.
The greater the player, the greater the consistency. Right?
FISHING, TEXAS STYLE
Water skiers and fishermen are not known for their compatibility. Water skiers disturb the fish, the fishermen say. One of the few who likes both sports is a Texan named Bob Caldwell and the other day he managed to combine them. Skiing on Grapevine Lake, near Dallas, Caldwell saw thousands of sand bass feeding voraciously on the surface. Eagerly he got into his boat, where he found an old yellow-feathered spinner but neither line nor rod. While his brother James protested the impossibility of the idea, Caldwell attached the lure to the ski rope and started trolling.