Two days later Atkinson came out to ride against Greentree for the first time in 11 years. He was aboard a horse named Go Lightly. Ruane was posted on Greentree's Duck Heaven. And Teddy brought Go Lightly home to win by three galloping lengths. Afterward in the winner's circle he said, "It was a funny feeling when we came out on the track. I saw the Greentree colors in front of me and I wasn't wearing them. But as far as that goes—well, you want to win them all, regardless of who you're riding against. A race is a race."
A SPORTS ILLUSTRATED expedition to Ireland last summer in the company of Bernard P. McDonough, the world's No. 1 manufacturer of shovels, had the dual purpose of focusing attention on Dublin's dream of a cinder running track (worthy of runners like Ron Delany) and the Old Country's need for some new job-making enterprises. Last week from Dublin and from McDonough headquarters at Parkersburg, W. Va. came word of progress on both fronts.
The cinder track, Dublin Promoter Billy Morton reveals, is finished, four months after ground-breaking by a McDonough-made shovel. As for job-making, Mr. McDonough has disclosed that he is moving a furniture factory he owns from Parkersburg to Dublin. It is the announced policy of the new $3 million factory to hire only native-born Irishmen and use not a scrap, begorra, of English steel.
The first event of international interest on the new cinder track will be an appearance next spring by Ron Delany during An Tostal, the annual tourist festival.
In chapter three of his Brave New World—a book he wrote a generation ago—Novelist Aldous Huxley mentions, though only briefly, a game called centrifugal bumble-puppy, which children of his sardonically conceived future would play by tossing a ball into a tall, complicated, cylindrical machine. Apparently on the theory that the Brave New World is practically upon us, one Louis Iritsky, engineering student at the University of Connecticut, recently placed his tongue in his cheek and bent every effort to prepare centrifugal bumble-puppy for the U.S. college man and the U.S. college man for centrifugal bumble-puppy.
Having first announced formation of the Centrifugal Bumble-puppy League with himself as president, and having offered franchises to interested parties, Iritsky placed his modernized description of the game upon the New Haven Hall bulletin board, noting almost simultaneously that enthusiasm for it was "overwhelming." Connecticut's campus newspaper soon proved him right; it printed his work, other college papers reprinted it with delight, and today the fame of centrifugal bumble-puppy is spreading fast.
The names of positions and functions of players in the University of Connecticut version:
Manager—a nonplaying player who manages the team.