You have to grasp the distinction between "shaving" and "dumping" if you want to keep up to date with the jargon of sporting corruption. If you "shave" you win or lose by more or fewer points than you are supposed to win or lose by—to the greater benefit of the gambler who has bought you. If you "dump" you deliberately lose a game you could have won.
The current depressing basketball scandals have produced muted apologists who seem to be drawing a moral distinction between the two activities. After all, the argument runs (scuttles would be a better verb), as long as you are going to lose, does the margin of defeat really make any difference?
We can think of so many harsh things to say about this unsporting nonsense that we think we'll just draw ourselves up to our full height and leave them unsaid.
'MOPPIE' GO HOME?
There is only one boat race these days where the first boat home wins. That is the Miami-Nassau Powerboat Race, a delight in an age when there are more classes, restrictions and rules than there is fun in boating. Last year's SPORTS ILLUSTRATED report on the race aroused so much enthusiasm that Dick Bertram's winner, Moppie, was hardly dry before Bertram was showered with money from people wanting "Moppie copies." ( Bertram promptly went into business.) As a result, this year's race, departing Miami April 12, has over 30 non-Bertram boats out to make a name by thrashing Moppie and her copies.
In spite of Moppie's superior design, there is a gawky-looking long shot that might do it. It's the RX-1 (see below) designed by Phil Bolger of Gloucester, Mass., who says, "My fault is I like radical designs." RX-1 is a real queer one, a marriage of a flat wide stern to a knife bow, with a winglike flare to keep the bow from sinking too far. Bolger, who has designed the well-known Out O'Gloucester 30, says his new boat will plane on the flat stern like a modern high speed hull and cut through the waves like an old rumrunner. RX-1, built by Out O'Gloucester, and one similar hull, being built for R. P. Pearson, were both designed by Bolger to win this particular race. He is confident.
"Half of the Miami-Nassau is whether the crew and hull can take it. And I have sat on the RX-1 when she was cutting through a chop, going like blazes. I won't say I couldn't have used a pillow, but it didn't drive my spine through my brain, either. In really rough water my design may have to slow down to five knots, but Moppie will have gone home."
Whether Moppie or RX-1 goes home, we hope this kind of dramatic, uncomplicated racing will thrive and that out of it will continue to come new and better boating designs.