The Warroad High hockey team of Warroad, Minn. made it to the finals of the state high school tournament this year. The team lost in overtime, but it had been the school's best season and Warroad welcomed the boys home with a special celebration—Mayor Dick Roberts had decreed that in advance. His own part in the festivities was somewhat confused, however. Roberts is not only the mayor but the Warroad High hockey coach, and was thus in the position of having to welcome home and congratulate himself.
Members of an intramural basketball team at George Washington University in Washington call themselves The Fulbrights and regularly charge onto the court in red and white jerseys bearing a dove on the front, and on the back the phrase coined by Senator J. William Fulbright, "Arrogance of Power." The symbol and legend are apt for a team that is dovish indeed, or anyway far too short on power to be tempted to arrogance—at week's end The Fulbrights' record stood at 1-13, the single victory representing a forfeited game. Last week, moved by curiosity, or perhaps pity, Senator Fulbright himself dropped by to watch a game. He stayed for about 12 minutes and the team, inspired, surged ahead of Phi Sigma Delta 19-18. Then Fulbright had to leave. His namesakes lost 52-38.
In Utah cutter racing is a very big, if somewhat misnamed, sport (a cutter is a one-or two-horse sleigh, but cutter racers race two-horse wheeled chariots right out of Ben Hur), and Gene Fullmer is crazy about it. Long a breeder of quarter horses, he started hitching them up to chariots and has done well enough to make it to the national championships in Pocatello, Idaho three years running. Not this year, sadly enough. Fullmer was in the lead in a race not long ago when one of his team, a mare, suddenly slowed down and he was overtaken. She made it across the finish line, however, and only then did Gene discover that she had broken a leg. "Can you imagine the courage it took to finish that race?" Fullmer said, almost in tears. "She was running on guts alone. I know how she felt. Remember in 1961 I broke my elbow in the 13th round against Florentino Fernandez. I finished the 14th and 15th and won the fight, but can you imagine me trying to finish that fight with a broken leg?" Fortunately for the mare—and empathic owner Fullmer—the break was not so bad that she had to be destroyed.
It was such stuff as dreams are made on—up to a point. As Bob Seagren tells it, "I met Jane Fonda and I'm still floating. She told me she lived in Malibu. I told her I do my running up there sometimes. She gave me her address and told me to drop in when I'm in the neighborhood. And then she asked was I the jumper who went over backward."
March 10, 1969
Dutch-born Artist Willem de Kooning was, and at 64 still is, a bicyclist. He pedals vigorously back and forth between his Easthampton, N.Y. house and studio, takes to the machine when in the grip of violent passions or the need to pick up the Sunday New York Times and employs cycling in conversation as virtually his only sporting figure of speech. In a recent discussion of action painting he observed, "Just because planes go fast now doesn't mean that artists paint fast. As a matter of fact, I just came out of a jet plane and they don't go very fast when you're sitting in them. There was almost silence, almost no movement—like on a bicycle, you seem to go faster than sitting in a jet." Asked about this enthusiasm on the part of the otherwise unathletic de Kooning, critic Harold Rosenberg says helpfully, "A very nice Dutchwoman has just explained it to me. She tells me that all Dutch people tend to ride bicycles with emotional intensity."
Andy Warhol and Sonny Liston will be the first of a series of odd couples (others include Whitey Ford and Salvador Dali, Satchel Paige and Dean Martin Jr.) to appear in the new Braniff TV spots, with Sonny sitting in total silence while Andy expatiates upon the beauty of the soup can. Warhol said after the filming of this 30-second epic, "Sonny was just terrific. I don't see how he can be so big. But he doesn't talk, so I had to do the dialogue and he just used his eyes, and then they said my voice was too low so they dubbed my dialogue, so now he doesn't talk and I don't talk." The boys talked off camera, though, and got right down to the nitty gritty. "Sonny told me where he gets his shirts. In Las Vegas, and he has them monographed," Warhol says, and it is reported that when he confided to Sonny that he had never seen a fight, Liston replied comfortingly, "That's O.K. I've never painted a picture."