Sport: Why Be a Loser?

British Sportswriter Peter Wilson took a mournful look at Britain's recent sports record. Russia had beaten the British at soccer, France had eliminated their Davis Cuppers, the U.S. had just flattened Britain's best boxers and her No. 1 golfer. Wrote Wilson last week in London's Sunday Pictorial: "Losers, losers, all the time.

"The decline and fall of our athletic prowess has been going on so long that I find myself thinking up excuses for our probable defeat even before the event has started.

"I suggest that we try to 'conscript for sport.' America has always believed in specialization and has done everything to...