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
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.
St. Catharine, Mo.
HORSE SHOW: THE PONIES
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
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
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