If the present trend continues, it won't be long before some university or its alumni group finds itself wealthy enough to offer athletic "scholarships" to the members of the Steelers or the Green Bay Packers.
ERNEST W. MANDEVILLE
NOT SO FANTASTIC
I notice, with the recent publication of the article by President Griswold of Yale and The Ohio State Story, that you are trying to find the answer to professionalism in college football. It is a situation which could only happen in America; for professionalism in college football is a peculiar double standard kind of thing, not too unlike the smog in Los Angeles and the fog in San Francisco. Everyone knows it's there, everyone gets concerned about it, but everybody brags about the beautiful weather and lives in hope that tomorrow the fog will go away.
Unfortunately, not all enthusiasts can play football. The game demands physical prowess and talent that, even in the junior high school grades, separates the men from the boys. And, since the game does demand certain things of its players which every boy in school cannot have, it seems to me that the answer to professionalism in colleges is simple. Just professionalize the whole game. And this isn't as fantastic as it sounds, either.
Sports have passed the era (except for tennis, possibly) when anyone feels that the game is any the less exciting because the players are paid, instead of doing their all for "Dear Old Siwash."
JACK F. LIBERATORE
San Mateo, Calif.
A TRIP TO BIG THURSDAY
I have read the splendid article Tigers, Truncheons and Tradition by Mr. Coles Phinizy (SI, Oct. 31).
Never have I read anything more accurate in description or better capturing the true spirit of the occasion. I have referred your article to many friends in an effort to explain Big Thursday as it really is.
Thank you for taking me to a Big Thursday game for the price of one copy of SI.
B. N. SKARDON
Fort Benning, Ga.
MAN OF THE YEAR?
I hope that this year again SI will select a sportsman of the year. Your choice for last year (SI, Jan. 3) of Roger Bannister was a natural: as an athlete, he broke a physical and psychological barrier that had defied runners for decades; as a philosopher of sport, he elevated sport from mere competition to an essential and enjoyable part of the life of man.
Is there a man of equal stature this year? I am looking forward to your choice.
I SEE NO ONE
As the new year approaches, I am becoming increasingly curious whom SI will choose as their Sportsman of the Year. To me it seems as if no such outstanding man as Roger Bannister is around. Bannister was a beautiful choice, obvious to sportsmen if not to fans (the AP, if you remember, nominated Willie Mays!). I see no one on the '55 horizon. Marciano? He proved that nice guys can clobber villains, but is that enough? My choice, William Woodward, ended tragically. A great sportsman!