Somebody once said that the first sign of middle age is when you see a policeman younger than you are. Bob Cousy, the Boston Celtics' basketball star, had a different experience. Cousy, now in his 13th and last season with the Celtics, takes over next year as basketball coach at Boston College. The other day he visited B.C. to size up his future squad and got into a varsity-freshman scrimmage, playing with the freshmen. Cousy intercepted a varsity pass and a freshman named John Austin broke for the basket. " Mr. Cousy! I'm open!" Cousy, suddenly feeling terribly old, dissolved into laughter, as did everyone else. Frank Power, who is serving as interim coach, said to young Austin, "John, this proves two things. One, you're a gentleman and two, you know enough to call for the ball when you're open."
Parents of high school kids are aware of a magazine called Mad, which specializes in satire. Mad's satire is usually fairly obvious and the humor broad, but once in a while it becomes harsh and pointed and the humor gets bitter. Consider these lyrics from a song called High School Basketball Game in a record album put out by Mad:
I'll still wear your high school ring to show you things are the same
'Cause my love is true,
And I never will hate you for throwing the high school basketball game....
For I know the reason you took the bribe; I heard it from your mom.
You were just trying to get money to take me to the senior prom....
And I'll always send you mail while you're serving time in jail
For throwing the high school basketball game.
By Norman Blagman and Sam Bobrick
� 1961 by Norick Music, Inc.
A couple of financial notes from the college football scene: Ohio State's "poor" season—compared with its expectations—caused a drop-off in average attendance from 82,972 per game to 80,248, which seems minuscule; but the revenue lost by that drop would have paid Coach Woody Hayes's entire staff of assistants for the year. Another Big Ten team, Michigan, had a loss of about $200,000—or enough to pay the assistant coaches for almost four years.