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February 04, 1963
SHIGA LOVERSSirs:Seldom it is that I take pen in hand to write an opinion on an article. Lee Griggs's article, Banzai Charge to the Top of Old Shiga (Jan. 21), is a masterfully written piece of satire. Rarely is such a wittingly concocted story presented to the public. It is my hope that more such articles will be forthcoming.PAUL LARSON JR. Elgin, Ill.
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February 04, 1963

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Whether you realize it or not, the University of Idaho has a very respectable record of 10-2 (best in the Northwest) for the young season (the two losses came without the services of our starting center in the Far West Classic).

Also that same University of Idaho has received honorable mention in the top ratings of the country for the past several weeks. The only time that you even mentioned our university in BASKETBALL'S WEEK or anything else, we lost. And then the only reason we got any mention was because we lost to Oregon State. I would certainly like to see a change here. The Oregon State team isn't that much better than Idaho.
Moscow, Idaho

Western New York is having one of its finest college basketball seasons. Yet SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S experts have given little credit to a fine (and unbeaten) Niagara University five, and have forgotten a Canisius College team that is one of its best in years. The Canisius Griffins are 8 and 1, with their only loss a four-pointer to fourth-ranked Arizona State.
Syracuse, N.Y.

Re your article on mouse racing at Don-caster (The Run for the Cheeses, Jan 28): I agree it's a unique cure for bookmaker boredom. However, I fail to see the need for intervention by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. How could racing mice possibly be considered cruel?
Port Washington, N.Y.

?Asked the same question, Bookie-Promoter Derek Webster answered: "I hate mice, really. They're fat, lazy and smelly. But I couldn't stand the risk of being brought to court and being charged with being cruel to them. There really was no cruelty involved since the rules prohibited tickling or poking the mice. The only way to get them moving was by shouting; and, even so, one mouse could—and did—go to sleep on the starting line while the other won by the complete distance."—ED.

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