Letters to the Editor

October 10, 2007

October 11, 2007

To the Editor:

“With Georgetown’s prestigious international reputation and legions of upwardly-mobile, motivated graduates, there’s no way that small regional schools like Holy Cross should be out-hustling us both on the field and at the bank.” [Sports Sermon, Sports, 10/4]

Ha—good one! Maybe a larger question is why near 50 percent of the alumni of the so-called J.V. Georgetown consistently give to their alma mater while the Varsity can’t come within 15 percent of that rate. Maybe the J.V. just think they have the team more worthy of support.

Patrick Ostronic

To the Editor:

I know some Georgetown graduates look down on Holy Cross (which does not say a lot to me about their character) but to refer to HC as “J.V. Georgetown” and then to call it a “regional school” [Sports Sermon, Sports, 10/4] (HC has always been considered a national liberal arts college in U.S. News and World Report and such organizations) is just a display of conceit and/or ignorance. The alumni at HC care about the college, and that is why we support the football and athletic programs, but your angle that here we have an inferior school (HC) that is doing better then our esteemed university (Georgetown) and we should be ashamed to be bested by these bumpkins just really turns me off.


Dana St. James

To the Editor:

I applaud the writer of your “Sports Sermon” [Sports Sermon, Sports, 10/4] who, in commenting on the football programs at Holy Cross and Georgetown, correctly points out that the Holy Cross college alumni have out-hustled Georgetown both on the field and at the bank.

In the interest of full disclosure, I must reveal that I taught the writer of the Sports Sermon everything she knows about football and that, in spite of the entreaties of the undersigned to attend Holy Cross, she freely chose to spend her undergraduate years at Georgetown, close to the corridors of power and the tax-and-destroy denizens of the District.

I must also point out that, even though your writer infers that Georgetown’s “prestigious international reputation and legions of upwardly mobile, motivated graduates” make it superior to Holy Cross, there are many parents and educators who know the truth: Holy Cross has long been considered the premier Jesuit college, not a “small regional school.” But at least Georgetown is a Jesuit school, well-placed to bring its unique message to the public discourse.

As to football, if it is worth doing, then it is worth doing well. Best wishes to Georgetown!

I’m delighted that someone at Georgetown recognizes that Holy Cross is still leading the way.

Very Truly Yours,

John P. Malone, Jr.

Holy Cross Class of ‘66

[Ed. note: John Malone is the father of Voice Sports Editor Clare Malone (CAS ’09), who writes the weekly Sports Sermon]

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