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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
Edited by Gay Flood
June 28, 1976
HOOPS AND CORKSSir:Your report on the NBA playoffs (Call Them Champs Again, June 14) is unfair to the Celtics and Coach Tom Heinsohn. The Celtics proved once again they are the best team in basketball by winning their 13th championship in 20 years. Not only did their starters come through in the clutch, but also their much-maligned bench.
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June 28, 1976

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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BAYI-WALKER
Sir:
Kenny Moore's story on Filbert Bayi and John Walker (Appointment at a Starting Line, June 14) not only showed the contrasting life-styles of the two runners, but also the strenuous physical training and mental stress that go into Olympic preparation. Much attention is focused on the 1,500 meters. Let's hope the Bayi-Walker race is more exciting than the Kip Keino- Jim Ryun contest in 1968. It may be long before we see such milers in the Olympic Games again.
HENRI C.I. SALAUN
Deerfield, Mass.

Sir:
In my opinion, what Filbert Bayi and John Walker will be fighting for in Montreal is the silver medal. The gold will go to Villanova's Eamonn Coghlan, who will be running for Ireland.
TOM GRANT
Garrett Hill, Pa.

HARES AND HOUNDS
Sir:
I was horrified to discover when my magazine arrived that coursing hounds is still a "sport," but the treatment of coursing in Clive Gammon's article ('Gerraway, Li'l Daisy!', June 7) was even more horrifying. It seems to me that Gammon underplayed the inhumane aspect of coursing and even chose to glamorize it. He claims not many hares were killed, but possibly he should have described what a kill comprises. The animal does not die instantly or painlessly.

To find out that coursing is a betting sport in the modern world makes me wonder how civilized the world really is. Gammon states that only one in 10 hares is killed, but he neglects to mention that the other nine are subjected to the torture of running for their lives. Coursing is in the same class as bullfighting, dogfighting and cockfighting, "sports" that should be outlawed.
ERIC DUNAYER
Englishtown, N.J.

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