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19TH HOLE: The readers take over
November 23, 1959
UP AND DOWNSirs:I was delighted to read Stephen Birmingham's Up Squash! Down Baseball! (SI, Nov. 9) and be advised that skiing had been downgraded, or was Down, as the author put it. This was the best news any hard-core skier could receive. I sincerely hope all the Bogner-bottomed young things that just have to be seen will now stay home and quit cluttering up the lift lines and slopes and leave skiing to the purists.O. L. SMITH Pontiac, Mich.
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November 23, 1959

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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They still turn out in droves for such socially Down sports as basketball, football, baseball and the like.

For those who get their kicks from squash, Rugby or lacrosse, let them watch those games, throw kisses or clap their hands, whichever is socially correct, to indicate approval.

But for those who want to shout, cheer, eat hot dogs and pass the bottle around, please don't come up with this Smith girl jazz as an indicator as to how we should spend our time and money.

As for old common me, I'm going out tonight and see a stinking basketball game. Boorwise, Borewise and Everything wise!
Washington, D.C.

Wesleyan University—and, I would imagine, Haverford and Swarthmore—feels sweet tickles of relief to have escaped unscathed Mr. Birmingham's stubby but Up intellect.

We are proud to be neither Up nor Down. Perhaps the Downest and Outest sport of them all is playing collegiate. We can only be thankful that we are a bit apart from the thousands of young gingerbread men and women at such distinguished Up shops as Yale, Williams, Harvard, Vassar and Smith.
Middletown, Conn.

Perhaps Stephen Birmingham was justified in avoiding sports "too special, too apt to cloud the general picture," but as a parachutist I'd still like to know. Is sky-diving Up or Down?
Canyon, Texas

?Sky-diving is Down, skywriting is Up, says Author Birmingham.—ED.

If the author meant his article to expose the shallow set, he succeeded very nicely. However, if it was meant to be a true representation of how sports stand today, the article failed in its purpose. I am certain that Mr. Birmingham would have attained a much truer perspective had he come to a school such as Duke or one of her type. Here our tennis players don't play tennis in order to receive invitations; they enjoy it as a sport instead. On top of that, our football players—and we have some excellent ones-are considered human beings; we support them and are proud of them. Somehow we manage to enjoy sport for sport's sake.
Durham, N.C.

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