The author of your article on the shortage of competent women athletes has missed an important point: athletic programs for our girls and women have been hampered by the mid-Victorian thinking of many groups within our own country.
The AAU has always been in favor of appropriate women's sports. However, eyebrows were raised in 1922 when the AAU officially espoused women's sports by adding women's swimming and track and field to our complement of men's sports.
Every girl cannot be an Olympic champion, but with the enthusiasm of the nation behind an all-out physical fitness effort the natural result will be an increasingly larger number of girls turning to organized competitive athletics.
LOUIS J. FISHER
President, Amateur Athletic Union of the U.S.
High Point, N.C.
Oklahoma football is the most overrated product since Mussolini's navy (Texas Makes It Look Simple, Oct. 21). The myth of Oklahoma supremacy was born largely during a time when Bud Wilkinson was undefeated in 74 straight conference games. This record proves only that he was in a weak conference.
Wilkinson's Okies can't play ball with Texas and ought to be recognized as the overrated squad they are and have been.
W. A. CURRY
I've conceived a plan whereby Oklahoma might reverse the disastrous Cotton Bowl trend. I propose that all University of Oklahoma alumni clubs in Texas launch an offensive to draft Darrell Royal as candidate for vice-president of the U.S. Get him nominated and elect him. Get the guy out of Austin!
After all, if the U.S. Senate is good enough for Bud Wilkinson, or vice versa, what better or more ironical arrangement than to have Royal as the presiding officer—a position to which he has become accustomed!
Grand Junction, Colo.
SKIDS AND SKATES
Thank you! Thank you! In your Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 issues you have had excellent articles on Grand Prix racing (Big Day for Clarkhunters at The Glen) and, in particular, Jimmy Clark (None So Swift as Wee Jimmy). Clark, as he showed at Indianapolis, is a more skillful driver than most of our heroes. When we Americans realize this, maybe our precious oval racetracks will be converted to skating rinks, while our car races will be held on challenging courses where the driver counts as much as the car.
HOME AND HOME
Pity Al Zipperer of Lakeland. The guy scored three touchdowns and only got 12 points. Why? Just the math department's slide-rule calculations at Lakeland College after that bizarre football "game" played when two Wisconsin schools scheduled their Homecoming games the same day with each other. Rather than disappoint anybody, you remember they wound up playing the game half in Sheboygan ( Lakeland) one night and half in Milton the next night (SCORECARD, Oct. 7).
Lakeland won the first half by 25-13 at home, then lost the next by 6-0—so, by prearrangement, the whole thing was called a tie in the Gateway Conference standings. And, since they had also agreed to prorate statistics, the math boys got busy and calculated things on the basis of 11/15 of a game inasmuch as they played only 11-minute instead of 15-minute quarters, which accounts for the four-point TDs.