SI Vault
Edited by Robert Creamer
February 16, 1970
INCIDENT AT FORT COLLINS A group of Colorado State students asked college authorities for permission to hold a protest demonstration against Brigham Young University at a basketball game between the two last week at Fort Collins, Colo. Permission was denied, the protesters demonstrated anyway, a fight broke out, police were called, there were injuries and arrests. It is difficult to determine whether the protesters were too aggressive, spectators too antagonistic or college authorities too shortsighted and unprepared for eventualities, but the ugly fact remains: sport is becoming more and more a part of the arena of social and political antagonism. It may be impossible and even undesirable to keep politics out of sport, but that does not mean that political violence—from either side of the fence—should be fostered.
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Stanford University is sore. Or, at any rate, its sports publicity man is. Bob Murphy says he is tired of the artificial-grass people yakking all the time about how much safer their stuff is than the real thing ( Stanford uses plain old grass in its stadium). He claims that Stanford's football team had only one knee injury all last season, and that was in an away game on artificial turf. "What really burns us," Murphy cries, "is the way some coaches will tell the mothers of kids they are trying to recruit, 'You wouldn't want your boy to break his leg playing on ordinary grass, would you?' "

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