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March 16, 1964
PAST, PRESENT, FUTURESirs:You gave Cassius Clay something of a chance to win and he capitalized on it. I suppose 99% of the nation's boxing experts told us Clay wouldn't survive the national anthem. Those of us who have followed Clay felt he would whip Liston as far back as his fight with Lavorante. But do you think the sportswriters are willing to eat crow? They are not. Some even had the effrontery to suggest that the fight was a setup. Many belittled Liston for retiring in his corner. What can boxing do to win? If Liston had pulverized Clay in one, they would have yelled, "What did I tell you?" If Liston had continued with an injured arm and suffered a serious or fatal injury, these same writers would have asked for an end to the brutal sport. Clay fought a smart, courageous fight—the only kind he could have fought if he was to survive the early rounds. So what do they write? On the strength of one fight, they call Liston washed up. Overrated. Not one has speculated what Liston might do in a return. Liston is still one heck of a fighter, and he's not that slow. Clay is just exceptionally fast.
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March 16, 1964

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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[8 of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[Queen of Hearts]
[Jack of Hearts]
[10 of Hearts]
[4 of Hearts]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[Queen of Clubs]
[8 of Clubs]

A typographical error in our original story put the 2 of diamonds belonging to North in East's hand, put East's 2 of hearts in North. When this error is corrected, the hand is no longer a laydown since declarer cannot discard his last heart and loses the king of hearts and the jack of trumps.—ED.

Contrary to some of your readers, since reading Mr. Goren's articles on bridge I have become more of a sporting figure. Within a day of reading the article Double More Often (March 2), I had doubled my opponents into game (setting them) and redoubled twice successfully.

I appreciate your efforts in presenting this fine series.
Plainfield, N.J.

I'm no fan of Kentucky basketball or Cotton Nash—far from it. Our Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets under Whack Hyder split two games with Rupp and Co. this season and finished only two games behind the SEC champs.

But the letter from Richard Specter (19TH HOLE, Feb. 24) cries out for an answer from someone who is not a Kentucky partisan.

Cotton Nash does not station himself under the basket, as Mr. Specter so positively states. Nash at 6 feet 5 is, at best, only average in following shots for tip-ins. But on his better nights he is probably one of the top college shooters from outside; his soft touch behind picks from 20 to 30 feet is a thing of beauty. And Nash also hits with frequency on a graceful left-handed hook from the vicinity of the key.

I agree that Davidson has probably been overrated. And Villanova, I read and hear, is a top team. Wally Jones, beret and all, must be one of the best. And I would always root for Georgia Tech to beat the sox off Kentucky. But Cotton Nash is a fine all-round player, Kentucky on most nights is fast and sharp, and Adolph Rupp just has to be one of the top alltime coaches. Let's give credit where it's due and not underrate the Bluegrass boys.

Kentucky, "a little, good team with a big bad schedule" (Scouting Reports, Dec. 9), will put down Richard Specter's Villanova five any day of the week. If Mr. Specter is bitter because Villanova has lived up to its preseason ranking but is outranked by Kentucky (which wasn't ranked in the top 20 before showing its true ability) well, I guess he can always cheer for UCLA.
Annandale, Va.

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