FOOTBALL CRISIS (CONT.)
The College Football Crisis (SI, Aug. 6 and 13) is a constructive effort to improve college athletics and college football in particular. Much has been said and written in haste condemning the sport and those connected with it. In contrast, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED probed the core of the problem, exposing the "evils" to be more in the nature of errors in judgment. You have advanced a solution which thinking men will realize to be correct.
Here in the East we suffered the same growing pains several decades ago which other regions are now undergoing. That we met the problem and solved it is borne out by the present healthy condition of eastern athletics. Your nine-point code is one under which all conferences can live and prosper.
EVERETT D. BARNES
Eastern College Athletic Conference Hamilton, N.Y.
FAMILIAR TO NEW YORKERS
It was a pleasure to read your story on General Grant (SI, Aug. 13) and see the print of the general and my great-uncle Robert Bonner, driving the latter's famous horse, Dexter. Dexter was considered the fastest trotter in America at the time, and he boosted the circulation of Robert Bonner's New York Ledger enough to make his purchase price of $33,000 well worth it.
Lloyd Morris in Incredible New York says, "Any fine afternoon you could see the wealthy horse-fanciers driving...to 'the road,' as they called Harlem Lane. Their horses were very unlike the sleek, showy, beautifully caparisoned animals that figured in the carriage parade. The trotters had neither beauty nor grace. They were long, lanky animals, bony, slab-sided, gawky-looking; they were bred for speed and endurance. Robert Bonner, publisher of The Ledger, was the most celebrated owner of trotters [Dexter, Rarus, Maud S. and Jay-eye-see].... The names of these creatures were more familiar to New Yorkers than those of most politicians, scientists or authors."...
HENRY M. BONNER
Aw, Pat, now look what you went and done. Here it had gotten to the point where we only had to put up with one tear-saturated missive a week from some West-coastalibiartist (one word—as it will undoubtedly appear in Mr. Webster's next edition), and you had to write the most informed turf article of the year (Telemeter Mania, SI, Aug. 13)....
I hope they all get cash down when SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S Dream Race comes up.
Today I read a column—it was a ridiculous article by Pat Lynch—and was sick you would print such nonsensical writing. She tried to imply 1) that California sports-writers are liars and spread false rumors and 2) that time is no measurement of quality in Thoroughbreds....
?Pat is short for Patrick, not Patricia.—ED.
In Telemeter Mania you imply that Nashua is better than Swaps. I disagree. Nashua has'never won with 130 pounds, never won on turf, never set a world record and has not consistently placed in the money. However, Swaps has done all these things, and more. Also Swaps has won in Kentucky, Illinois and Florida, not only in California, as Author Lynch seems to think. The best thing you could do for your publication would be to lynch Lynch!
I am sick of reading nothing but criticism of one of the greatest Thoroughbreds ever to set foot on a race track, the incomparable, the perfect Nashua.