Sport: Sometimes I Wonder

French Baron Pierre de Coubertin, father of the modern Olympics (1896), made a noble argument for reviving the ancient games: "The cause of peace will have received a new and powerful support." Just the opposite is likely to happen at the 16th Olympiad in Australia this fall, says the Naval Academy's veteran Crew Coach Russell ("Rusty") Callow—unless someone beats the whey out of the Russians. A Russian victory, Rusty told a Baltimore men's club last week, "would bring on an arrogance that would endanger the peace of the world."

Rusty (whose own never-beaten varsity eight whipped the Red rowers for the Olympic...