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The Decline of Sportsmanship
How I yearn for a touchdown without the dance, for a sack or tackle without the arms up. Please leave your helmet on. Go back to the huddle. Play the game. Let me decide if I wish to cheer you for doing that for which you are overpaid. I love the games but am getting sick of the athletes.
The problem isn't restricted to sports. In a society in which the dollar has replaced honor and pride as seemingly the only way to gain respect, we nurture unsportsmanlike behavior in every walk of life. We should take a hard look at ourselves before we chastise sports.
Who killed sportsmanship in this country? Was it sportswriters like Rick Reilly who, because they don't like Colorado football coach Bill McCartney's political views or the fact that McCartney expresses them, suggest that he is a Nazi (Bowled Over, Bowled Out, Jan. 11)? Thoughtless cheap shots are as dangerous to good journalism as they are to good sportsmanship.
A footnote to the article concerns the action photo on page 48 of Lucas playing for Maryland. The Syracuse player in the picture is Dennis (Sweet D) DuVal, who was one of four college stars featured in a Nov. 12, 1973, story by Rick Telander (They Always Go Home Again) who spent their summers honing their games on playgrounds in and around New York City. The others were John Shumate, Fly Williams and Brian Winters.
DuVal is another comeback story. All-America at Syracuse, he had a brief, disappointing NBA career with the Washington Bullets and the Atlanta Hawks. He was also victimized by his agent, who mismanaged his money, leaving DuVal in debt. DuVal gave up his dream of an NBA career and joined the Syracuse police department as a patrolman. Two years ago he was appointed deputy chief of the department, a position he holds today. There is life after basketball for Dennis DuVal.
I enjoyed watching John Lucas when he was a Golden State Warrior and respected his heads-up play. I respect him even more now and wish him the best. But we shouldn't forget to give credit to Spur owner Red McCombs. He gave a good man a golden opportunity.
Out of Sync
I am dumbfounded and disgusted that a recognized and reported mistake was simply disregarded. It is unfortunate that Babb-Sprague could not have earned a few positive lines in Reilly's Point After in the same issue for having properly addressed the injustice that took place in her event. Instead we are left with her assurance that after reviewing the videotape, she is convinced that she deserved the gold.