THE MANLY ART
Every year at this time you single out the one man who has contributed the most to the world of sports in the past year. On Monday, November 22, two men fought for the heavyweight championship of the world. Muhammad Ali won the fight, but Floyd Patterson showed the world what he is made of: courage. So for Sportsman of 1965 I nominate Floyd Patterson.
Great Neck, N.Y.
The fight between Muhammad Ali (who deserves to be addressed by his chosen name) and Floyd Patterson should finally end the public discussion as to the champion's merit. Ali had won on points by the time the referee interceded, and he won against the worthiest opponent available.
I think that he has taken a great step forward in restoring quality to an ancient sport.
JOSEPH PAUL MORRIS JR.
To those of us who remember moments of gallantry and gentlemanly conduct in the ring, the behavior of the undeniably talented Cassius ( Muhammad Ali) Clay was revolting. Obviously, the man's talents include a meanness and viciousness rarely seen in prizefighting.
"Champion as long as he wants," you say? Each day Clay will get a little older, each day the fancy footwork will slow down and the artful combinations will get a little slower. With the patience of Mohammed, those of us who were revolted by this fight can wait. The day will come—and we can only hope that when it does Clay will meet the counterpart of himself as he was on this night of November 22.
CHARLES L. LYLE
I can't believe it. The so-called football experts have awarded the Lambert Trophy to mighty Dartmouth (9-0), ranked powerful Princeton (8-1) second and weak Syracuse (7-3) third. That makes as much sense as awarding the world football championship to Michigan State (10-0) and ranking the Baltimore Colts second and the Cleveland Browns third.
Let's face it. At its very best, Ivy League football can't touch the caliber of Syracuse, Penn State, Pitt, Army and Navy—even when these teams are having a losing season.
PAUL F. SCHONEWOLF
As long as the Lambert Trophy is now being awarded without regard to the strength of the opposition the winner meets, would it not have been fair to award the trophy on a three-way basis between Dartmouth, Springfield College and Ithaca College? The latter two were also unbeaten and their opposition was about as major as Dartmouth's was.
EARL R. JESSEN
Ben Schwartzwalder's petulant prating over the supposed inferiority of Ivy League football and its unworthiness in regard to the Lambert Trophy (SCORECARD, NOV. 29) proves conclusively that the grapes of Syracuse are sour, as usual. As a central New York resident, an Ivy Leaguer and an active follower of college football, I have the distinct impression that no major college coach in the East annually recruits more raw football talent and does less with it than Ben Schwartzwalder.
GILBERT S. OSBORN
The fact is that this year's unbeaten Dartmouth team and Princeton's fine elevens of the past two seasons stand out in comparison both with the other Ivy teams and with the major eastern powers. Princeton was slighted last year when the Lambert Trophy was awarded to a mediocre Penn State team, and there is no question in anyone's mind except Schwartzwalder's that Dartmouth deserves it this season.