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If we had our way we’d be up in the New Hampshire mountains covering the sking carnival that takes place in about two weeks. Instead of sitting at ringsides under hot are lights and getting a heave and grunt rassler thrown into our laps we’d be wiring the office from the Canadian Rockies telling you folks about the skating and the tobogganning.

In fact we went over to the "desk" the other day and suggested to the boss that we write up the national swimming meet to be held in a Maine lake in August. His only reply to this sincere query was "Can you lend me five bucks?"


For the past seventy-five years the stalwarts and the stouthearts on the athletic teams of C.C.N.Y. have been known as the "St. Nicks," "The Lavenders" and even as "The City Slickers." However, from now on it’ll be the "Beavers," please.

Columbia’s gridders have come to be known as the Lions because of their ferociousness. Every time the Lion’s tail is tweaked the Lion roars. N.Y.U.’s teams, known far and wide as the Violets, are far from being the outfit the name would imply. But City College has been called so many things so many times by so many people that the student body resolved to get themselves the real McCoy. And now it’s the Beavers.

Some of the names that City teams have been called cannot be revealed in a family newspaper.


Our fan mail and our pan mail keeps pouring in. One reader who claims he places his do-re-mi on our choice of fight winners has forty-three simoleons padded to his bankroll. He bet on every choice we made.

Come to think of it, this corner thinks that when it does come to picking winners we’re still batting 1000 percent. For the last four major sporting events your sports commentator slambanged the pill for four runs, four hits and no errors. We favored Ross to beat McLarnin by decision, picked Baer to flatten Carnera, chose Londos over Browning, and was strong for the little Italian, Tony Canzoneri to knock the feathers out of Frankie Klick. We’re strong when it comes to winners and at any rate one of our followers is forty-three dollars ahead.


Maxie Baer, king of the clowns and at the same time heavyweight champion, had it out last Friday with Barney Ross, the only triple boxing champion in the world. Maxie appeared at the Paramount in a song and dance revue the last day Barney Ross was going through his paces at Loew’s State. Even Maxie’s terrific right couldn’t keep the crowds from flocking to see Barney do his act. As long as they don’t step into the ring together we pick Barney Ross for personality, cleverness, boxing skill and the old finesse.


The fact that Avery Brundage, chairman of the American Olympic committee, will arrive in Germany during August has the Nazi committees scurrying around Das Hitlerland looking for "Jewish talent."

Germany is playing a smart game and may try to hoodwink the international olympic committee into believing that there is no racial discrimination in athletics. To this end the Nazis have invited Helene Mayer, the fencer, and Ball, the ice hockey player. Four Jewish sprinters have been placed in training camps and other athletes suddenly have been the recipients of invitations to the camps.

But as the New York Times had it, "The German athletic clubs needed considerable prodding by the German Olympic Committee to search for Jewish athletes." We still maintain that America should not participate in the 1936 games if they are held in Berlin.


The Fort Hamilton Sporting Club, under the direction of Sergeant Cowan, has been offering to the public excellent boxing and wrestling cards. For sport fans who live in the Shore Road section of Brooklyn this treat is in their own back yard. No matter where you live, if you want corking sport attractions, a trip to the Post will be worth while.

Tomorrow night’s offering has Jumping Joe Savoldi grappling against the Masked Marvel in a feature finish attraction. The preliminaries present Doug Wycoff, Marshall Blackstock, George Hagen and Vanka Zeleniak.


Bobby Pacho meets Tony Falco in the feature ten rounder at the opening of the Coney Island Velodrome Tuesday night. This bout promises to be a hummer for action. Pacho has a wild slam-bang style that has won him a host of friends. Falco has beaten Jack Kid Berg, Pete Nebo, Harry Dublinsky, Joe Rossi and Phil Rafferty in recent starts and is now at the peak of his career.

The preliminaries will have a number of smart, classy boxers doing their stuff in a way that will please the cash customers. Boxing at the seaside resort has been flourishing during the last few years and we think promoter Otto Bass has a good thing on his hands.

At the Velodrome last Friday night Rudy Dusek did everything but wake lethargic Abie Coleman out of his trance. For the first time in weeks extra police protection for Dusek was not needed. He left Coleman a bleeding, battered figure. We still ask, "What’s wrong with Abie Coleman?"

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