TOWARD OPEN BADMINTON
In SCORECARD (June 12) the item on the subject of open badminton suffers from the omission of an essential fact. While it is true that the International Badminton Federation voted in favor of allowing the sport to go open, and committed itself to setting up the machinery for administering this radical change in the structure of the sport, the federation specifically postponed the beginning of open competition until next year. This was done in order to allow time for drawing up the rules and regulations necessary to implement the plan, the essentials of which, presumably, will be approved at the annual general meeting in May 1979. It is easy to say that badminton will go open, but saying so does not result in the instant creation of a complex format within which two classes of players—amateur and professional—can compete, either within their separate classifications or against each other.
EDWIN S. JARRETT
International Badminton Federation
For weeks I have anxiously searched my copy of SI, expecting your usual superb coverage of a major event in American sports. On Sunday, May 28, at Towson State University near Baltimore, a crowd in the thousands saw the U.S. national rugby team, the American Eagles, defeat the Canadian national team 12-7. This was the Eagles' first victory in international competition and the first for a U.S. team in decades. I believe your readers might enjoy knowing about it.
ROBERT M. KIMMITT
RUNNING ON—AND ON
Oh my gosh, where's everybody's sense of humor? I'm referring to the letters responding to the June 5 VIEWPOINT by Frank De-ford on boring articles about running. I read Deford's article one afternoon just before the kids came home and, in a quiet house, I laughed and laughed aloud. There's just one silly sentence in the whole thing: "Running is so palling that those who do it are either functional bores to start with or borderline cases with a bore wish." But when making a point, all writers occasionally overstate their case.
Deford is quite right about one thing—talking incessantly about one's progress, spiritual growth, etc., is absolutely numbing to others. That's one reason this housewife runs at dawn. (Sorry, Frank!)
Newton Corner, Mass.
Frank Deford cracked me up with his caustic comments about the flood of running articles these days. I laughed especially hard when he wrote that he used to believe articles about harness racing were the most boring things imaginable but that stories on running are even worse. My father was an authority on harness horses and edited a magazine on that subject. And I'm an associate editor of a running publication. So if I can only corner Deford at a cocktail party sometime, I guarantee to double-bore him to death! Fittingly, one of several columns I write is called "Running at the Mouth."
Who wants a Rod Funseth (Look for the Man Early, Not Late, June 12)? I do. I have closely followed Rod's amateur and professional career for more than 20 years. I'm excited when he's doing well and feel heartache if he fades, as in the recent Masters.
I grew up in Spokane in the same neighborhood as the Funseths. Walter Bingham's excellent article suggests that Rod is the same fellow that I knew—shy, considerate, sensitive and unsure of his incredible talent. So hang in there, Rod, for me and for the millions of others who like to see nice guys finish first.
J. DANIEL BLODGETT
Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.