The Pill-Swatters are at it again
ZOWIE! Whiz! and off goes —
The small white hall upon
Its flight way down the fairway
To the green!
The cold, the snow, the slush
Of winter now are past (I think!)
And when the good wife puts
Her Easter bonnet on,
The rest of us get out the faithful
Driver, mashie, putter and the other
Oath-producing (sometimes) implements of
Golf: or perhaps the baseball hat
And mitts and mask; and some
The tennis racket; or the youngster
With his marbles and his top
All helping to proclaim that Spring
Is here at last. It is
Enough to make us burst, as you have
Seen, into a very violent attack
Of springtime verse excuse it, please,
We know not what we do
Except that we did want to print
For the good readers of FIRE AND WATER
Herb Casson’s “Ten Tests of a Sportsman”
Which apply to the business of publishing
A magazine, as well as they do to
The business of playing.
So here they are, the Ten Tests of a Sportman:
- He does not boast,
- Nor quit,
- Nor make excuses when he fails.
- He is a cheerful loser,
- And a quiet w nner.
- He plays fair,
- And as well as he can.
- He enjoys the pleasures of risk.
- He gives his opponent the benefit of the doubt,
- And he values the game itself more highly than the result.
Isn’t that the way we all feel about it?