KING OR JOKER?
I have been an avid reader of your publication since its inception. For years I have read, in passive silence, about the exploits and achievements of the "greats" in practically every conceivable sporting . contest.
Your issues have been jammed with the notables of football, basketball, tennis, swimming, etc., and even the "knights" of the chess world.
In your coverage of card games, however, I feel that you have gone amiss. True, you have had excellent coverage of most of the popular card games today. Several articles have been devoted to winning poker, and you boast a series of articles on the finesse of bridge.
However, in all your coverage, you have overlooked one game which is as fundamental to America as is the Declaration of Independence and which, I daresay, every American plays, at least sometime, during his life. The name of this game is Old Maid—a game in which I, very modestly, claim to be the Champion of the World.
I would appreciate it if you would give coverage to this most important game, and some of the outstanding players in this field. I am sure that you do not comprehend the intricacies of the game, nor the skill required, but upon request I would gladly send you details.
JOSEPH F. RYAN
?Reader Ryan, self-styled world champion of the Old Maid card game players, is a 19-year-old junior at Holy Cross College who claims he wins the bid for the title "because I've never lost any game I've ever played" (in some 50 informal matches with other college students). We pass. Any more bids?—ED.
ANSWER TO A PROBLEM
In reply to A. Richard Davies' (19TH HOLE, NOV. 9) distribution problem of the World Series pool, it might be wise as a yardstick to utilize a pari-mutuel rule which states, "When only one horse finishes a race the place-and-show pools, if any, shall be distributed the same as in the win pool."
By this precedent, all second (or place) money would go to the holder of the one winning inning.
HAMILTON M. O'HARA
Forest Hills, N.Y.
AN "UP" ENCOUNTER
Here is a picture of the 1960 Princeton Nassoons, a 20-year-old singing group, dressed for their touch-football encounter with Yale's Whiffenpoofs, certainly the most Up (Up Squash! Down Baseball! SI, Nov. 9) sports event of the season.
The game, an annual classic, was played (with pauses for singing during time-outs) on the morning of November 14 in Princeton, as part of the Princeton-Yale weekend festivities.
RICHARD B. McGLYNN