WE are now at the beginning of what may be called the spring revival in athletics. The so-called "Winter Meetings" give a fresh zest and interest to Gymnasium athletics, and the near prospect of work on the river and field arouses a new activity among the candidates for the University and class teams. This seems, therefore, a proper time to speak of one or two things which seem worthy of notice. In the first place, there is an unaccountable lack of interest in wrestling. We would venture to assert that there is no other college in the country which boasts of an athletic association that cannot show better wrestling than has been seen at Harvard for the past three years. One reason for this is, perhaps, the failure of the Gymnasium authorities to provide any facilities for the practice of wrestling. Another more important one is the Faculty's prohibition of Graeco-Roman. But, however this may be, the fact remains that wrestling at Harvard now amounts to nothing. Another feature in our athletic exhibitions needs improvement. The tug-of-war is always arranged at the last moment, and the men who pull have seldom practised more than three or four times together. Now, the heaviest possible teams are chosen from each class with the purpose of showing which class can really pull the hardest. This makes an exciting contest, and nobody would wish to see the custom changed; but we think that all would like to see in addition a set of teams, limited in weight, pull. Thus a class which has no large men, and hence no chance in the tug-of-war as it now is, would have an opportunity of gaining the victory in the limited-weight contest. Besides the interest which this addition to the exhibition would excite, the training of such tug-of-war teams would be of great use for the Intercollegiate Sports, where the weight of teams for the tug-of-war is limited to six hundred pounds.
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May 06, 2017