GOAT VS. RABBIT
The middleweight division has certainly lost that quality which had made it the most exciting in boxing (Out with a Snarl, July 11).
The next step will be to match Fullmer and Pender for the "championship" to see which is the more effective blow—the butt or the rabbit punch.
This subscriber sees little wonder that the fights are going off television (Friday—And No Fight, July 11).
JOHN A. TAFT JR.
It should be called the "butting championship" instead of the middleweight championship. Let's put a billy goat in training as challenger.
J. G. URQUHART
BRAIN VS. BRAWN
Far from merely defending the college athletes from the usual accusations of intellectual idiocy (EDITORIAL, June 27), you seem to swing to the other extreme by implying that the athlete is possessed of even greater intellectual acumen than his nonathletic contemporaries.
To put the matter in better perspective, would it be inaccurate to suggest that the scholastic abilities of college athletes match closely the general run of students, with about the same proportion of honor students and educational bums? Let's cut out the athlete-genius bit.
Athletes of the caliber of Tommy Gresham and his schoolmates are scarce. I think you picked a poor example in Georgia Tech. Tech is a specialized school, and the chances of boneheads surviving there are much less than at a number of liberal arts schools. If you wish to present convincing arguments for your editorial point, try finding a few class leaders among the athletes at such strongholds of learning as USC, Oklahoma, Miami ( Fla.), N.C. State, Arizona, Auburn, LSU, Kentucky, etc.
JAMES L. COATSWORTH
?Take Auburn, for one. Last season's fullback, Ed Dyas, who stands comfortably ahead of 95% of all his Auburn classmates, both athletic and sedentary, last year racked up a junior year average of 2.53 out of a possible 3.00.
Take LSU, for another. Mickey Mangham, athletic scholarship holder and starting end for the past two years, boasts an average of 2.28 out of a possible 3.00.—ED.
BOLT'S BAD FORM
"Berserk" Bolt (Boil and Bubbles, June 27) should have laid his club down and cast himself into the lake.
E. W. RIEBETH