THE COLLEGE GAME
It was my pleasure to read your article Some Pros Co Back to College (March 24). Gary Ronberg presented a very perceptive picture of hockey as it is now played and told why and how it has evolved in colleges throughout the U.S., and especially at the University of Denver.
In my college career I always had the desire to play hockey on the competitive intercollegiate level. This was not to be the case, because of the excellent play fostered at Denver under the guiding hand of Murray Armstrong. Armstrong went to every effort, however, to see that I, and other American boys, got as much ice time as possible. I was molded into twice the player I had been, and tutored in the faster-moving, harder-checking Canadian style. Armstrong did not stop with his varsity candidates but nurtured the first peewee and junior teams in Denver, as well as introducing to the university's curriculum a hockey class taught by physical education instructors.
Since returning to New York, I have often found myself defending the Western brand of hockey. Most of the changes that have come about in the college game have started in the Western college ranks. It is a great credit to hockey to find a man of Armstrong's caliber coaching in college. In a very few years the Denver area will probably produce an American-born-and-bred player who will be able to handle the Canadians as well as Denver handled Cornell.
JEFFREY H. JENNINGS
I am very happy to see you give some coverage to college hockey—one of the fastest-growing collegiate sports in the nation. As for coaches, how about Cornell's Ned Harkness, who was last year's Coach of the Year—a man who built Cornell's hockey team from a zero to a national champion in four years? He's the only Eastern coach ever to win the NCAA crown more than once, and his record over the past six years at Cornell is 134-27-2—a winning percentage of .832.
The Cornell Daily Sun
DOWN THE ALLEY
High Jinks in the Alley, Cats (March 17) by Bob Asbille serves to illustrate how the American Bowling Congress has helped make bowling America's greatest participant sport by vigilantly protecting some 40 million bowlers from such "high jinks."
In tribute to the ABC's effective efforts, the Professional Bowlers Association of America decided in its formative years that ABC sanction would be sought for all of its tournaments.
Founder and Legal Counsel
Professional Bowlers Association
I read your piece on prerace testing (SCORECARD, March 24). At Dorchester Prep we have taken 10,000 blood samples from Thoroughbreds of all ages and we have never had any trouble. An expert technician can take a blood sample in a few seconds (a vet is not needed) and, in most cases, the horse doesn't even feel it.
Prerace testing must and will come soon, but there also must be a postrace test at least as thorough as the prerace test on all starters. The fast-acting drugs that either stimulate or depress a horse could be given by anyone from the time the prerace test is taken until the horses leave the starting gate.
Under the present system it is impossible to detect if a horse has been drugged to slow him down because he runs out of the money and a test is never taken. I wonder how much of this is going on.
Back in the days when basketball was developed as an off-season practice drill for football players, the basket was placed at a height (10 feet) under which each player would be relatively equal, and all would have to use fancy footwork and finesse to deposit the ball inside it. Since that time, basketball has evolved into a game of giants. In ranking teams nationally, in deciding favorites or underdogs, too often the first criterion is height, the second skill.