Pro Football: The National Pastime

Bless pro football. It almost makes up for all the intentional bases on balls, the endless fouls and hopeless pickoff attempts. If any doubt remained about what the U.S. national pastime really is, it was dispelled even before the pro-football season began last week. The National Football League's Baltimore Colts drew 31,000 paying customers to watch, of all things, a scrimmage, while baseball's Baltimore Orioles, the No. 1 team in the American League, could draw only 23,000 fans for an honest-to-goodness game against the second-place Detroit Tigers.

Quite a season it promises to be, too. Johnny Unitas' knee is fine;...

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