SI Vault
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.
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
March 16, 1964

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

View CoverRead All Articles View This Issue
1 2 3 4

As one out of a thousand students at Davidson College, I feel that the Villanova fan is showing his basketball ignorance when he says Davidson "is a disgrace to the top 10" and "plays schools that a small college should play."

Just to set him straight, here are some of the "small college" teams on this year's schedule: Wake Forest, St. Joseph's, Ohio State ( NCAA runner-up in 1961), West Virginia University (a frequent contender for the NCAA title), Duke (1963 NCAA runner-up), Princeton University (last year's Ivy League champion) and, of course, the other teams in our own respectable Southern Conference.
Davidson, N.C.

Nash is not Kentucky's only player. This is demonstrated by the fact that while Nash's average is 25 points per game, the Kentucky team pours in an average of 86 points an outing.

It's also a good thing Adolph Rupp didn't know earlier in the season that Kentucky couldn't stay with tall teams; he might never have taken the 'Cats to the Sugar Bowl Tournament, where they took the title over Duke (with starters Hack Tison and Jay Buckley, both at 6 feet 10). Kentucky also won (104-73) at the expense of conference rival Vanderbilt, another "small team" whose starting front line runs 6 feet 7 to 6 feet 9, and includes the SEC's leading rebounder, Clyde Lee.

1 2 3 4