Didn't you forget something in your basketball scouting report on the Big Eight, e.g., Nebraska, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Colorado, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Missouri?
Congratulations on a great college basketball issue. I was glad to see that you did not present a list of the top 20 teams of the nation. So many sports publications rate teams in this way, and I have always thought it to be a ridiculous thing to do. How can you possibly compare teams before they have even played a single game? Hats off to SI for giving a clear, concise report on the various conferences and independents without resorting to a "top 20" list.
Great! Simply great! William Johnson's splendid article, Go to the Races (Dec. 4), featuring the riding feats and disappointments of plucky little Rider Jesse Davidson, had much of the charm and drama of the Thoroughbreds. It reminds me of an article of a couple of years ago on "the Butterfly" (The Happy Punter of Ally Pally, Aug. 9, 1965), telling of the crafty exploits of an Australian at England's "frying pan" track at Alexandra Park.
I could smell that Maryland fried chicken and hear the tipsters selling "Jack's Green Card." The only thing missing was reference to Sammy Palumbo, Jesse's predecessor. Thanks for the great entertainment.
HUGH C. McGOWAN
GAULS AND GAELS
" 'Oh! The French are on the sea,' says the Shan Van Voght" goes an old Irish ballad about expected aid to Ireland at a point of history. (Not quite the same as Finnegans Wake!) Well, in 1967, the French landed in West Cork and a very delightful "international incident" took place (An International Incident in Cork, Nov. 27).
This is to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed Clive Gammon's article. The descriptions of the Irish countryside, the pubs and the people are excellent. I loved Minahane and O'Keeffe (Big Tim, no doubt!). However, it's too bad they don't know their Irish history. If they did, they would know that Irish-French relations go way back. Hence the Irish names Dooley (formerly Dullea), Moloney (formerly Molyneux), Dalton, Driscoll, Devaney, Darcy, Dorsey and Desmond, among others.
EVELEEN M. QUINN
In his letter (19TH HOLE, Dec. 4) on Hitler and the Berlin Olympics, Avery Brundage notes that the initial competition that year, 1936, was won by a German. Correct. Tilly Fleischer, who won the women's javelin throw and broke Babe Didrikson's Games record, was responsible for the swastika flag being the first to be raised to mark a victory.
Mr. Brundage also says, "It was the first time in the history of the Games that an Olympic track-and-field event had been won by a German athlete." Incorrect. Lina Radke of Germany won the women's 800-meter run at Amsterdam in 1928. Further, though the Olympic Committee now regards the 1906 Games at Athens as "not official," the Germans won the tug-of-war that year. Tug-of-war once was part of the track-and-field program.
Incidentally, though Hitler, as Mr. Brundage says, ceased receiving victorious athletes in his box after the first day's competition, it is known that after Karl Hein won the hammer throw on the second day of competition. Hitler personally received the German athlete in the reception room behind his box. This was not witnessed by the crowd.
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