A while ago, Frank Nemits of Rome, N.Y., a loyal (and most thorough) student of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, could stand it no longer. Putting pen firmly to paper, he wrote us a letter:
As an alumnus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute I have for weeks now been looking for one bit of news, some score, some tidbit of information about collegiate hockey. (RPI won the NCAA championship last year.)
I have read about basketball, boxing, football, professional hockey, horse racing, ice skating, swimming, golf, fishing, shuffleboard, bowling, badminton, track and field, auto racing, shooting, skiing, tennis, soccer, wrestling, motor boating, lacrosse, handball, fencing, sailing, dog shows, field hockey, weight lifting, rugby, squash racquets, bridge, girl watching, table tennis, hurling, chess, jai alai, rodeos, cricket, curling, gymnastics, ski jumping, baseball, bicycling, polo, billiards, but not one word about collegiate hockey.
How about giving us a break and a little news about this great collegiate sport? Everything else seems to be covered.
Reader Nemits' final sentence was reassuring. Especially as SI was hard at work preparing a story on college hockey at the very time his letter arrived. More than "a little news," it became the lead article in our Feb. 21 issue under the title, U.S. Colleges Take to the Ice, a midseason report on one of today's fastest-growing college sports.
Mr. Nemits' list of sports is an imposing one, although he forgot to mention a few: water polo, motorcycling, horseshoe pitching, hunting, lawn bowling, parachute jumping, croquet, bullfighting, archery, Gaelic football, fox hunting, mountain climbing, horseback riding, ballooning, rowing, skin diving, diving, softball, spelunking, water skiing, bobsledding, airplaning, surfboarding, snowshoeing, snow-snaking, soapbox auto racing. And I guess if Mr. Nemits goes along with girl watching, he'll let me have hog calling, while I catch my breath.
But, most of all, while the quantity of sports is large and will grow larger, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S foremost concern in reporting all sports is always in the authoritative, timely and interesting quality of coverage—the kind of quality aimed to allow every reader to read every story with as much pleasure as I hope Mr. Nemits received from reading the one he looked for so hard.