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19TH HOLE: The readers take over
December 14, 1959
HOCKEY: UGLY AMERICANS?Sirs:Sports fans everywhere were certainly annoyed and disgusted to learn that our amateur hockey team members competing in Russia conducted themselves in such a disgraceful manner and gave such a poor account of themselves against our Russian opponents (Poor Show in Moscow, SI, Nov. 30). If we hope to impress the world then we should send nothing but the best, for its eyes are on America and everything we do. I, for one, think we should send the very best team we can muster, one sent there to win. Perhaps this calls for something better than our representatives up to this point.S.A. LADD JR. Brunswick, Maine
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December 14, 1959

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Sirs:
As sports editor of an Ivy League college newspaper, I should like to take issue with a statement made in your recent article.

You say that "As a football conference, the Ivy League suffers by comparison chiefly from two causes: de-emphasis on victory and the resultant decision to abolish spring training, and an insistence upon a relatively high degree of academic excellence...."

We of the Ivy League think that it is the other football conferences who "suffer," because they apply themselves so wholeheartedly to the winning of football games that the real purpose of education is often obscured. It is true that the academic standards of the Ivy League are higher than most, but within this framework we try as hard as the next school to win, and to say that we de-emphasize victory is totally false. If this lowers the number of outstanding football players who can gain admission, then let them go elsewhere.
ROBERT B. KLEIN
Brown Daily Herald
Providence

Sirs:
I have always hoped you would insert a comic section in your magazine, but an Ivy League all-star team exceeded even my wildest dreams.
O.H. WILLIAMS
St. Catharine, Mo.

HORSE SHOW: THE PONIES
Sirs:
In regard to Miss Higgins' article on the National Horse Show (A Castle in the Sky, SI, Nov. 23), contrary to opinion I thought the new international pony competition was a welcome addition to the National. This class was not the cause of the show running till 2:15 a.m., and although our pony team was badly trounced, it brought to light the fact that our ponies are not properly schooled. Work, patience and some elementary dressage would soon correct this problem. We have fields of fine ponies in this country waiting to be trained.

Our young riders are beginning to profit by their knowledge gained from the Pony Club (originating in Great Britain). Let's follow the British example again in training our ponies so that future competitions will be well-matched.
ANN D. CONOLLY
Glen Cove, N.Y.

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Sirs:
I should like to nominate Ben Schwartzwalder of Syracuse for keeping his first team in play for 24 minutes and 24 seconds in the game against noble old foe Colgate University, when the score reached 30-0 at the end of 15 minutes.

A fitting inscription for the trophy might be his own quote from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (THEY SAID IT, NOV. 23), "If I ever get so greedy that I'm not satisfied to win by one point, then I'll know there's something wrong with me."
ROBERT J. KERRIGAN
Ridgefield, Conn.

Sirs:
This time around, let's not pass over that individual who, for the second year running completely personifies real sportsmanship: Pete Dawkins of West Point and Oxford.
DAVID G. RADUE
Washington, D.C.

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