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19th HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
October 31, 1955
WE SHORT-SENTENCE BOYS Sirs: You will get a flood of comment on A. Whitney Griswold's verbose article The .Best of Two Worlds (SI, Oct. 17).
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October 31, 1955

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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WE SHORT-SENTENCE BOYS
Sirs:
You will get a flood of comment on A. Whitney Griswold's verbose article The .Best of Two Worlds (SI, Oct. 17).

To clarify it for some short-sentence boys like myself—football is here to stay. It is animated chess. There are thousands of us who study it as avidly as others do bridge, chess, or other "mental" games. We watch football wherever and whenever we can—sandlot, junior high, high school, college, pro.

Some of us it helped get through college in the depression years, and we are grateful. We would like to see other boys able to help finance their way by it.

Colleges are for students. Students can play football, as Princeton, Yale, Rice, Tulane and other schools have convincingly demonstrated.

What we need is better coaching—which would automatically develop if the emphasis were to shift back to coaching instead of material—and we aficionados would see more interesting ball.

To give you an instance: in recent years the Southwest Conference, once an incubator of football ideas, has begun to field teams playing almost identical systems. To win, they have to have superior material, and the race is on. They can no longer look over a bunch of eager student candidates and evolve a team playing the best men using the most likely system.
T. S. WHITECLOUD, M.D.
Newton, Tex.

COMES THE MILLENNIUM
Sirs:
President Griswold is entirely correct in saying that "the main purpose of an educational institution is education," but the evils of intercollegiate athletic competition will continue. It will take the same kind of revolution in the human mind and spirit as would be required to eliminate war to achieve this main purpose. Possible, yes ... but not likely in the foreseeable future.
ERNEST W. MANDEVILLE
Allenhurst, N.J.

FELLOW TRAVELERS
Sirs:
I have just finished reading Dr. Griswold's fine article. I did not realize until I saw his picture that I had the pleasure of riding with him from Boston to New Haven by train a couple of summers ago. I was very impressed by this man who mentioned he was connected with Yale University and was very interested in what I thought of college and collegiate athletics. When I began to ask questions, the train was pulling into New Haven, and we were parting. Those questions are now answered thanks to SI and Dr. Griswold. May I say his conception of and conclusions on the subject carry strength for the Big Ten as well as the State of Maine Series where with less pressure everyone gets just as excited.

Congratulations to you and Sportswriter par excellence Griswold for a fine article on college athletics.
CHARLES FISHER
Norwood, Mass.

THE FIRST GAME
Sirs:
President Griswold comments on the origin of college football, stating that "the American game started with a contest between Harvard and Yale in 1875." However, the first intercollegiate football game was between Princeton and Rutgers colleges in 1869, played at Rutgers.

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