Now comes the proof of the pudding. At the season's first major international meet in Val-d'Is�re, the Americans were given the benefit of better starting positions because the top-seeded Austrians and Germans were not competing. With this fair chance, Buddy Werner won the slalom and the combined title, and Jimmy Heuga finished fourth in the giant slalom and sixth in the slalom. It is clear that M. Faure should not have seeded 20 skiers ahead of Werner in the Olympic slalom and that Heuga's seedings of 40th in the slalom and 32nd in the giant slalom are equally ridiculous.
As of old, boxing is involved in another intramural feud. Madison Square Garden, long possessor of boxing's sole TV contract, seems to be putting the squeeze on a recently formed rival. A fortnight ago, a New Jersey group, the Garden State Sports Corporation, promoted the Joey Giardello- Dick Tiger middleweight championship match in Atlantic City. Garden State put on the best promotion since the days of Mike Jacobs and also wound up with the middleweight champion, Joey Giardello.
Although the corporation is new to boxing, its officers are not. Promoter Murray Goodman and Matchmaker Jack Barrett are themselves old Madison Square Garden hands, and Joe Louis is serving as consultant. The Garden, according to Goodman, "did everything, and more, to sink our Giardello-Tiger fight. They ran an underground railway to Madison Avenue to spread rumors that the fight would never take place, and scared off at least three all-but-signed TV sponsors."
"Our problem," says Louis, "is to keep from getting crushed. I had a letter from Bobo Olson agreeing to terms and the next thing I know the Garden has promised Bobo a TV shot, twice the money they've been paying other guys like him. They even whispered he might get a title match if he didn't fight for us. This has happened other times. We don't get the fighter—and, mostly, the fighter really gets nothing but promises."
Now the new promoters are going to bump heads with Madison Square Garden in its own backyard. They have received a license to promote fights in New York's Coliseum—just 10 blocks north of the Garden.
"We can't live with the Garden," said one manager last week, "and maybe we can't live without them. But with these guys offering the Garden competition there will be some fun in dying."
END OF ERA
Harness racing has finally put an end to time trial records, a move long recommended here. It had been the only competitive sport to sanction noncompetitive marks, and it did so because breeders could enhance the value of their stock by setting up ideal conditions under which horses could achieve good clockings. Naturally, the horse breeders on the board of directors of the U.S. Trotting Association wanted to retain time trials at the board's meeting last weekend, but they were defeated. The public will no longer be confused about a trotter's true racing ability.