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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
December 19, 1966
PARSEGHIAN (ADJ.)Sirs:On the contents page of your Dec. 5 issue, the entry for the article, Fischer Would Rather Fight, concerning the Chess Olympics contains a snide reference to Coach Ara Parseghian and his decision to settle for a tie in the Michigan State game. Not only was this uncalled for and pointless, but the article that it introduces does more to vindicate Parseghian than to condemn him. Bobby Fischer could have settled for a draw in his last game, thereby winning the gold medal for outstanding individual performance. He didn't, and he lost both the game and the medal. Is that what you wanted?EDWARD CHING Honolulu
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December 19, 1966

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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PARSEGHIAN (ADJ.)
Sirs:
On the contents page of your Dec. 5 issue, the entry for the article, Fischer Would Rather Fight, concerning the Chess Olympics contains a snide reference to Coach Ara Parseghian and his decision to settle for a tie in the Michigan State game. Not only was this uncalled for and pointless, but the article that it introduces does more to vindicate Parseghian than to condemn him. Bobby Fischer could have settled for a draw in his last game, thereby winning the gold medal for outstanding individual performance. He didn't, and he lost both the game and the medal. Is that what you wanted?
EDWARD CHING
Honolulu

Sirs:
"Offered a draw in a crucial match at the Chess Olympics, the U.S. champ proved he was no Parseghian."

I thought it was just Dan Jenkins, but it now appears that SI as a whole finds Ara Parseghian a compromiser. I can't blame you for failing to understand that Parseghian thinks of his team before he thinks of sports-writers, but your insistence upon coining the word Parseghian to mean quitter is irritating, to say the least.
ANNE STEWART IMPINK
Newton, Mass.

Sirs:
A new term has entered into our country club's golf talk. It is called the Parseghian. It is used when you play the safest of safeties and settle for the easy tie, instead of trying to win.
RICHARD J. KRENEK
Lombard, Ill.

Sirs:
Ara Parseghian's one moment of weakness may cost him an immortality that will outlive football annals. Some liberal person who writes dictionaries may incorporate the word Parseghian into the English language. The name, like Hercules', readily lends itself to use as an adjective. Opposed to a Herculean effort, a Parseghian effort would be "weak-willed, compromising, exanimate." The thought that, centuries from now, the word may be used in a derogatory manner should make Coach Parseghian reconsider his ways. But he had better hurry to the dictionary publishers!
MIKE DAVIS
University Park, Pa.

Sirs:
You were correct in your statement that Bobby Fischer "was no Parseghian." Bobby Fischer lost. Ara Parseghian won. It's nice to be romantic and daring, but it's nicer to win. If he had tried to score in the last minutes Parseghian might easily have thrown away the national title Notre Dame deserved, just as Bobby Fischer threw away the gold medal he deserved.
LARRY BUSH
Urbana, Ill.

RANK AND FILE
Sirs:
Congratulations on your excellent College Basketball Issue of Dec. 5. I was especially interested in the won-lost records of conference vs. nonconference teams during the past three years. By converting these won-lost records to a percentage basis, one can establish a standing for the 14 conferences. Here are my results:

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

Having long been an Eastern fan, I was a bit disappointed that the Ivy and Yankee conferences fell into the "second division." However, I take heart when I look at our strong independent clubs, which I feel can hold their own with any section in the country.
KENNETH W. PARR
Buffalo

Sirs:
We read with interest your recent article on the 1966-1967 college basketball season and were pleased to see that you learned from your mistakes of last year and deleted any national rankings. But now, perhaps you can concentrate less on depicting "the sun sinking through the Carolina pines, killing the brisk November day in Chapel Hill," and start sending scouts out to see what the teams are actually like—and we don't mean UCLA. They have jets into Durham, now, so y'all come see us, hear?
ZAN CARVER
JOHN CRILL
HUGH SMITH
Durham, N.C.

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