It is strange how little attention is paid by Harvard men to some of the sports which figure on the list at the inter-collegiate games. For instance, the shot and hammer are suffered to rest, while dozens of men run on the track. One or two contestants in these sports revel in a sort of solitary training, and are sure of success from a total absence of competitors. If some of the heavy men would so far sacrifice themselves as to try a few feats daily, or to throw the hammer every afternoon, they would probably discover that this sport is not so difficult as it looks, and, having shaken that coat of "indifference," would raise the college records by livelier competition. Perhaps we may ascribe this neglect to the unavailable manner in which the shot and hammer are stored away. Let us suggest they be exposed to the public view. But this latter objection does not hold in regard to the running long jump, since the sod is always turned on Jarvis. The custom is for men to enter the sports without practice and to make a record worthy of a juvenile athletic association. Here are several grand opportunities of securing with firmer hold the collegiate championship cup. Let the new athletes think upon it and enter this spring, if only as an experiment. Neither of these events require much practice in comparison with those more in vogue, and they receive an equal reward.
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