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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
Edited by Gay Flood
September 14, 1981
THE TOPSSir:Thank you for the Aug. 31 issue. First, Steve Wulf lauds the Tigers, an exciting young team riding the crest of possibly the toughest division in baseball (Let's Give the Tigers a Great Big Hand), and then SI Picks Bo's Michigan Wolverines to be No. 1 in college football (The Top 20). You've made a proud Michigander even prouder.JOHN P. LAMBERTMidland, Mich.
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September 14, 1981

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Sir:
Knox College and Monmouth College began butting heads formally back in 1891. However, an informal rivalry dates back even farther, to the 1880s. The battle for the coveted Bronze Turkey is just as important as the ones for the Old Oaken Bucket or the Little Brown Jug.
PETER PETERSEN
Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Sir:
Obviously, Mike DelNagro hasn't witnessed the intense rivalry between The University of the South, better known as Sewanee, in Sewanee, Tenn., and Southwestern College, in Memphis. This rivalry is not only the most heated in the small-college field, but it's probably the most heated rivalry of any two colleges in America as well.
MARK STRADLEY
Lubbock, Texas

Sir:
How could you neglect to mention St. Olaf College vs. Carleton College?
BRUCE NYDAHL
Edina, Minn.

BIG TROUBLES
Sir:
SI's College Football Issue was outstanding. But perhaps the most significant piece in the Aug. 31 issue was in SCORECARD. The CFA and the NCAA both seem to have lost sight of why there are intercollegiate athletics in the first place. Athletics, at the varsity level and at the intramural level, should exist to complement a student's educational experience, not as an end in itself.

College football was perhaps the greatest experience of my life. There is no doubt that I was a better student bcause of football. Likewise, my studies made me a better football player. But, football alone would never have been enough.
KEVIN W. BILLINGS
Washington, D.C.

Sir:
SI says, "Assuming that intercollegiate athletics has a legitimate educational purpose, this question can be fairly asked: "Why shouldn't it be supported by the college's general funds just as the history department is?"

That's a big assumption. Over the last decade I have attended every Marquette University home basketball game that I possibly could, regularly watched practices and served on the Athletic Board. I have yet to see a scintilla of legitimate educational purpose. There are good reasons for intercollegiate athletics (the most basic one is that it's fun); but please cut the hypocritical cant about educational purposes.
JOHN PATRICK DONNELLY, S.J.
Associate Professor of History
Marquette University
Milwaukee

Sir:
Once again you tackle the morality problem in big-time college football. Then you turn around and glorify the worst offenders in your Top 20 list, Notre Dame, Alabama, Pitt, Penn State, USC, et al. It gets monotonous. Economics will once again prevail over morality in 1981.
JOHN W. BRENNEN SR.
Neptune, N.J.

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