SIME TALKS BACK
Bravo Dave Sime!
I am sure he echoes the sentiment of the majority of our amateur athletes (The Heart of the Problem, SI, Feb. 16). The desire for competition on equal grounds is an American heritage.
Any deterioration of American amateur sports can be blamed on the indifference of the AAU. They are charged with our conformance to existing standards, not those of 25 years ago.
GEORGE E. ROE
Hats off to the editors and to Dave Sime. Both of you have faced a problem that needed to be faced with clear, logical thinking. I and many others are hoping that you will help to straighten out the AAU so that it will benefit, not hinder, American track and field athletics. Congratulations!
J. A. ANSSOWN
Hurray for Dave Sime! Unreasonable AAU rules not only discourage national champions but also hinder dedicated young athletes from competing at the age-group level. I am happy to see that a well-known athlete has expressed the feelings of many of us.
Oak Park, Ill.
THE ALMOST ALL-STARS
I would like to know exactly what Jeremiah Tax meant when he stated, "This same Russian team will be coming to the United States in the fall for a series of games with American all-stars" (First Sputnik, Now This! SI, Feb. 9). Will the so-called U.S. all-stars be picked from the bottom of the barrel or from our first-class college teams?
Our loss to the Soviet team by 25 points in Santiago was another victory for the U.S.S.R. and I don't mean basketball. I realize that our team played hard and tried their best but it wasn't good enough. If we don't want any more " Russia ate the U.S. and washed them down with Coca-Cola" banners we must, and I'm sure will, put forth a little more effort.
DAVID J. SVEC
?The Russians were invited in Santiago to send a team to the U.S. at the end of this year. Although it will in all probability be impossible to enlist top college players for the U.S. squad, the outstanding AAU and NIBL players will be available and will form the nucleus of the team that will also represent the U.S. in the 1960 Olympics. It will not be the best possible aggregation of U.S. players, but still a great deal better than the U.S. team that played in Santiago. Present plans call for several games to be played in Madison Square Garden, followed, hopefully, by a tour by the U.S. and Russian teams.—ED.
AS A CHARTER READER OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED AND AS A MISSISSIPPI STATE FAN I ENJOYED THE ARTICLE ON STATE AND BASKETBALL (Bouquets for Babe and His Bailey, SI, FEB. 23) MORE THAN WORDS CAN EXPRESS. MR. DOUST DID A FINE JOB. THANKS.
JIM LACEY JR.
?But that unwritten law (which prohibits white athletes from competing with Negroes) is still writ. Although since Dudley Doust's story the student body voted 86% in favor of accepting a bid to the NCAA championships if proffered, Governor J. P. Coleman wants a poll of the legislature, the outcome of which is likely to leave the team in Starkville.—ED.