The bogosity of Billie Jean King’s defeat of Bobby Riggs
I was a junior at UT on September 20, 1973 when the so-called Battle of the Sexes took place at the Houston Astrodome before 30,000 howling fans and another 90 million, including me, who watched on television. In a heavily hyped, one-off tennis match, Billie Jean King (age 29) beat Bobby Riggs (55) in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. It was winner-take-all, and she took $100,000—fairly big money back then. After recounting this event of dubious authenticity, I will make a few comments. If I have… read on
Abner Haynes’ pro career
I hope I have made it abundantly clear that Abner Haynes deserves to be in the College Football Hall of Fame. His exploits for the North Texas State Eagles in the late 1950s should suffice. Further proof is the fact that the process of racial integration of college football in Texas and throughout the South began with him.
It's all too easy to be skeptical—I am sometimes guilty of it myself—about a guy who excelled at anything less than a 5-star school. The assumption is that he was a man… read on
The vagaries of being named an All-American and winning the Heisman Trophy
Bear with me as I gaze 57 years into the past, back to the 1959 college football season. I propose to look at some numbers and hazard a supposition or two.
Washington beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, Georgia beat Missouri in the Orange Bowl, Mississippi beat LSU in the Sugar Bowl, and Syracuse beat Texas in the Cotton Bowl. The Orangemen were crowned '59 national champs by both the Associated Press and United Press International. AP and UPI were then the two most prominent entities for… read on
Our final meeting with the Cultural Heritage Administration
Cheol-Woong Rim and I were a bit late in arriving at the National Palace Museum, adjacent to Gyeongbokgung—the biggest and most central of Seoul’s five royal palaces. The date was July 22, 2016, which meant that more than three years had passed since formation of the Committee to Bring Jikji Back to Korea. Twice before, we had met with representatives of the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA), the government agency that protects and promotes the country’s vast treasures dating back 2,000… read on
I miss the Southwest Conference
Almost 7,000 miles separate me from the land of my birth, so obviously I am not on the scene. My feel for what’s happening in the USA in the summer of 2016 is a bit shaky. That applies to numerous issues—Donald Trump winning the Republican presidential nomination, cops killing citizens, citizens killing cops, the rising number of homeless people and five years of El Nino‒sponsored drought in the West, for example—but I speak here of something less weighty, intercollegiate athletics.
I no… read on