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The cautious Webster definition of an amateur in sport is "one who is not rated as a professional." Our own definition is that he is one who plays for pleasure, and only pleasure. It is a pleasure to report that, despite the prevalence of scholarships and perquisites, there really are amateurs left in college sport—the University of Buffalo hockey team, for instance.
Buffalo supports teams in 10 sports, but not in hockey. The university has no rink. Even so, some 40 hockey-loving students have put toget her an informal team and have maintained it and a schedule that would have discouraged most young men. They must, for instance, practice in Canada—at Fort Erie, Ontario. Because Canadian teams naturally get preference at the arena, the Buffalo boys usually work out from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Opponents are similarly informal teams from colleges in the Finger Lakes area—Ithaca College, Syracuse University, University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Hobart College and Brockport State.
It is wonderful what can be done without coaches, athletic scholarships, big budgets and press agents.
THERE'LL ALWAYS BE A PUB
Pub crawling hitherto has been an amateur sport, done for the love of it. One went to a pub because it was there. Now the sport has been professionalized. A team of five pros—a tobacco blender, a retired naval commander, an accountant, a former RAF officer and a businessman—have visited 1,152 pubs in the south and southwest of England, including London, and the results of their dedicated research appear in Egon Ronay's 1964 Guide to 600 Pubs (Gastronomes Limited in association with Hutchinson London, 9s. 6d. net). A highly critical lot, they washed out 552 pubs as unworthy of notice.
The guidebook furnishes maps for crawls of pubs classified as London Riverside, Historical, Off Beat, Berkshire Riverside, and, of all things, Sophisticated. It describes characteristics: the Fisherman's Arms, in Cornwall, patronized by shark fishermen; the 800-year-old Trout Inn, two miles northwest of Oxford, to which you can sail for your Guinness; and the White Lion, in Farnborough, Kent, which is co-educational, sort of—it has a woman's skull cemented into the bar wall.
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