Your January 30 article on the new New York Rangers (Francis Forges an Up Teamin a Down Town) was undoubtedly the finest ever written about any team. Itportrayed the true spirit within the team itself as well as the spirit of thefans. The Rocking Rangers still have a way to go, but with their amazing playthey should be in good position when playoff time comes around. Congratulationson the fine job from one of the 49th Street gang.
Babson Park, Mass.
I have not seen my heroes in over 10 years. But if I live to be 100, I'll neverforget waiting in line early Sunday mornings to get an end-balcony seat orcraning my neck to try to see the action from the side balcony. What great daysthey were. We'd watch the Metropolitan League at one p.m., the Eastern HockeyLeague at about 4 p.m. and then grab a sandwich before going back to the Gardenfor the Ranger game at night. Pete Axthelm made the memories come back, and hasdone the new Rangers justice. Thanks.
Thank you for the story on the greatest team in New York. The Broadway Blueswith Harry, Boom Boom, Rod and Ed are definitely the most exciting team in theNHL today. Don't forget to have Photographer Tony Triolo and Writer PeteAxthelm at Madison Square Garden when Ranger Captain Bob Nevin accepts theStanley Cup.
New Rochelle, N.Y.
Once again you've gotten carried away with the 1.6 rule (SCORECARD, Jan. 30).For some reason, perhaps known only to the mystics within the leadership of theNCAA, the 1.6 rule is regarded as a first step toward a cure-all for the illsof professionalism in college and university athletics. However, let me assureyou that the so-called Ivy League schools are doing a bit more than standing on"principle or point of honor" when they state that they cannot abide byit.
I was disappointedwhen my alma mater (Stanford) did not take a stand against it, but now I seewhy. The curve which dominates its grading system makes it virtually impossiblefor any student to have an average as low as 1.6 and remain in school.Obviously, Stanford has little to fear from the use of such a rule.
On the other hand,the grading system in use here at the University of Pennsylvania, where I amnow a faculty member, is such that it is feasible for a student to get a degreewith an average below 1.6. The requirements for A's and B's are ratherstringent, and D's and F's are quite common (as my students will attest).Therefore, a 1.6 average is meaningless, because it is interpreted differentlyat each school. But to enforce uniformity would, without question, infringeupon the rights of a school to set its own grading standards as it sees fit. Asit now stands, Podunk U. need never worry about failing to meet the 1.6requirement. It need only change its standards for C work. That is its right.But don't you, or anyone else, tell the rest of us that D's and F's are nowpassé.
DAVID W. CONRATH
Your SCORECARD article of January 30 condemning the Ivy League for its stand onthe 1.6 rule was most unfortunate.
The Ivy League hasno set numeric standard for probation. Instead, it has chosen to rely on theintegrity of its member schools to see to it that all students participating inintercollegiate sports maintain a satisfactory level of scholastic achievement.I have no idea what the academic average of the Princeton basketball team is,but I doubt very much that any of its members get up at 7 o'clock everySaturday morning to watch space cartoons as does Houston's Elvin Hayes (Elvin,Melvin and The Duck, Jan. 2). Likewise, I doubt that any of Yale's swimmersreceive automatic A's for academic credit as did those scholar-athletes inAdolph Rupp's basketball course at Kentucky (Bravo for the Baron, March 7,1966).
New York City
Re "1.6 and All That," please mention that six of the Ivy's eightmember schools did indicate they would comply with the 1.6 rule, with onlyPennsylvania and Yale spoiling things for the rest.
THOMAS C. NANCHOD
Joe Jares wrote a very fine article on a great team, Southern IllinoisUniversity (In from the Three I League, Jan. 30), but what is all this talkabout upsets? The only upsetting thing about the College Division Salukis'beating Louisville and Texas Western of the NCAA University Division is thatthey cannot get a shot at Lew and you-know-who in the University Divisionchampionships.
A. G. EDWARDS
Big Rapids, Mich.
SIU has enjoyed a long history of dominance in the so-called minor sports suchas gymnastics, swimming, track and wrestling. We are still in the Three ILeague simply because most of the coaches in the "big leagues" haveknown about us for a long, long time—long enough to know that when we beatthem, it isn't an "upset," and long enough to make sure we don't getinto their conferences or on their schedules.
We hope yourreporters will be able to find Southern Illinois University more often in thefuture and that the prestige of articles in your magazine will create for usthe image necessary to make some of the so-called big schools play us. Many ofthe teams in the Midwest shout, "We'll play anybody!"—until Coach JackHartman calls them.
After reading your article on Southern Illinois, I feel that an even smallerschool deserves mention. Cheyney (Pa.) State College with an enrollment ofabout 1,500 has a combined record of 53-0 over the past two regular seasons andis currently 15-0 this year. While taking nothing away from SIU, I am sure theywould more than have their hands full, should they meet Cheyney in the upcomingNCAA small-college tournament.
Bravo! A nice photography job on the Super Bowl (Jan. 23). It was so nice, infact, that my roommate's girl was able to spot him in the crowd (pages 10 and11). He was supposed to be visiting his cousin in San Diego.
We're calling itthe Super Breakup.
I would like to congratulate you on the fine article by Robert Boyle, Fight On,Old Sing Sing U. (Jan. 23). I deeply appreciated what the article had to say,because one of the fondest memories of my athletic career at St. Francis deSales H.S. (Chicago) is of the day we played baseball against the Indiana StatePrison at Michigan City, inside the walls. Only one who has been there cantruly appreciate what an athletic program can mean to the inmates.
That was the onlytime in my three varsity seasons that we played an away game and drew morecheers than the home team. The inmates really got behind us and made us feelright at home. They let us know their appreciation for a good show. When we hitfour balls over the walls that day (I was fortunate enough to hit two of them),they gave each one of us a standing ovation. It was a thrill I'll never forget.I'm sorry I won't be around for the '67 game.
Incidentally, wewon the game 8-4.
Ski jump, horseshoes, bobsled run, bingo and, holy penal code, a golf course! Idid it. I'm guilty. Take me.
In view of two features in your January 23 issue, Bread-and-butter Packers andFight On, Old Sing Sing U., I would suggest that the next logical bowl gameshould involve the Pros and the Cons.
FRANK HART (POGO) SMITH
I would like to say a few words regarding the NCAA decision involving theUniversity of South Carolina (Scorecard, Jan. 23). I can agree with theprobation given the university on the basis of illegal financial aid given tofootball players under former head coach Marvin Bass. However, I can see novalid reason for Mike Grosso's being declared ineligible to play basketball. Hedid not make a high enough grade on his entrance examination to qualify for ascholarship. He is not on a scholarship. The NCAA said his expenses were beingpaid by a corporation upon which he was neither "naturally nor legallydependent." This corporation is operated by Grosso's uncle. What isunnatural or illegal about a boy's uncle paying his way through school? IfGrosso has received no financial aid from the university and if his uncle ispaying his way through school, then the NCAA has made an unreasonabledecision.
It is ironic thatGrosso can transfer to any number of schools eager to get him and receive ascholarship to play, but he cannot go to South Carolina as a student-athleteand play basketball.
W. D. CHISOLM Jr.
Jacksonville Beach, Fla.