- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
DAVIS CUP: THE SPORTING THING
These doubts are incidental.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and Talbert have not done the "sporting thing" in attempting to blame the unhappy predicament of the U.S. squad on the failure of three men to join it. Accused of almost traitorous selfishness are: Richardson, a Rhodes scholar whose studies and marriage obligations he says have some prior claim; Patty, an international in-and-outer who obviously doesn't give a damn; and Savitt, who gave that excuse about work.
If Talbert, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and the country as a whole want to win tennis competitions, that goal may be attained by hitting tennis balls on tennis courts—not by throwing bricks in magazines.
?Mr. Notman's defense of the missing players is spirited, but his rationale lame. You cannot "win tennis competitions...by hitting tennis balls on tennis courts" if the players are not there to hit them. William Talbert did not seek to excuse a possible defeat because Richardson, Patty and Savitt refused to join the squad but wrote that "We are the only nation in the world challenging for the Davis Cup without all of our best players." What Talbert did say was that a player who has committed himself to the game (and reaped the rewards) should live up to his responsibilities.—ED.
THE MINORS: SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
AT THE CONCLUSION OF OTHER MINOR LEAGUE WINTER MEETINGS PRESIDENT GEORGE TRAUTMAN HAS BEEN PICTURED AS A WORRIED INSOMNIAC, TOSSING AT NIGHT WITH CONCERN OVER OUR PLIGHT AND, AT THE CONCLUSION OF LAST YEAR'S MEETINGS IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, AS BEING UPSET OVER ANOTHER REBUFF FROM THE MAJORS.