To the astonishment of brother James and of fishermen going for the sand bass in more conventional ways, such as with rod and reel, the bass began to strike the spinner and kept on striking until Caldwell had landed 10 of them. Then he generously turned the ski rope over to brother James, who caught the first three fish of his life.
DEL FOR THE JUG
Every horse in this week's Little Brown Jug at Delaware, Ohio has broken two minutes for the mile, which makes the field one of the fastest in harness-racing history. And since Delaware's saucerlike track puts the premium on speed rather than stamina, chances for a new world pacing record are excellent.
The chances are, also, that a big bay colt named Coffee Break will be the favorite and another bay named Ranger Knight will be the second choice. But we remember what that celebrated harness man, Del Miller, said a year ago. He said Meadow Battles would win this year's Jug. Meadow Battles is a son of Adios. Del will be driving him. Thought you'd like to know.
THE PRO WAY AND AMATEUR WAY
Rolling along the freeways of Los Angeles and environs is a new wave of automobile bumper strips, fluorescently proclaiming: "Go, College Football!"
More than bumper strips will be required to make college football go in southern California as it once did. The strips are a belated, possibly futile, effort by the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce to bolster sagging attendance at games of the city's two major colleges, USC and UCLA. The presidents and athletic directors of these two schools have lately been bemoaning lack of interest not only in college football but in basketball and track and field, too. Just last week Dr. Norman Topping, USC president, sounded off about it.
"It seems to me," he said, "that the university is going to be professional sport's best source of talent, yet I wonder if it isn't possible that we are seeing a case again of professionals eating their young."
Dr. Topping had reference to a bitter dispute between the two colleges and the Los Angeles Lakers (basketball) and Los Angeles Blades (hockey) over dates in the Memorial Sports Arena. The colleges had assumed they would get six Saturday nights merely by publishing a schedule and announcing opponents. But the extremely valuable dates were awarded instead to the two professional teams, who had gone to the trouble of making sure the premises were available before renting them.
College athletics, despite a "fans be damned" attitude, succeeded in Los Angeles when it had the only ball. Since World War II a few competing attractions have moved in—the Rams, the Dodgers, the Lakers, the Blades, the Angels, horse racing, Disneyland and, yes, the Roller Derby. Along with them came a professional promotional attitude that did not involve weeping in public. Perhaps Dr. Topping has forgotten last season's UCLA-USC basketball game when no ticket seller even bothered to show up at the Arena on the day of the game.