While Great Britain, and America were shuddering under a violent exchange of improper challenges, curt rejections and mislaid explanations concerning the next match for the America's Cup, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED cabled Australia's Sir Frank Packer, owner of Gretel, for his opinion of the ruffled situation. His reply:
"IT IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY OUT HERE THE SUN IS SHINING THERE ISNT A CLOUD IN THE SKY THE HORSES ARE ABOUT TO RUN FOR THE CAULFIELD CUP AND THERE IS A NICE SAILING BREEZE ON THE HARBOUR STOP IT IS SPRINGTIME THE TREES ARE IN LEAF AND THE FRUIT IS STARTING TO RIPEN STOP I AM DELIGHTED TO HAVE HEARD FROM YOU AND HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY OF REPLYING I HOPE THIS ANSWERS ALL YOUR QUESTIONS WITH KINDEST REGARDS FRANK PACKER"
THE SPORTING BOX OFFICE
In the face of perhaps the greatest demand for tickets ever experienced in Austin, Texas, the University of Texas set aside 6,000 seats, at 50d each, so that its "Knothole Gang" (kids in the fifth through the 12th grades) could attend the Texas-Arkansas game. The game was a sellout and eager fans were offering $100 apiece for seats on the 30-yard line.
It would have been a simple matter for the university's athletic department to cancel the Knothole arrangement and print 6,000 general admission tickets to be sold at S4 each, a gain of $21,000 in revenue, but, said Al Lundstedt, football ticket manager, "We couldn't do them that way."
"These youngsters are going to be our fans in the future," Lundstedt explained.
We're your fans right now, Texas.
Back in 1954, when he was 22, sandy-haired Frankie Ryff, a lightweight, was rated by Nat Fleischer as one of the two best prospects in boxing. The other was Floyd Patterson. A converted southpaw, Ryff was a stand-up boxer with a fast, effective jab. After his defeat of Orlando Zulueta some compared him with Willie Pep. But Frankie was a "bleeder." He suffered so many cuts around the eyes that he was forced into long layoffs between fights. In time he came to depend on odd jobs, not boxing, for a living.
Last January, while working on a building under construction in Man hattan (but once again training hard), Frankie fell seven stories. Oddly, he was not killed, and for the past several months he has been taking speech therapy and relearning the use of his muscles at the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.