I think Private Life of a Forward Passer by Lee Grosscup is just terrific.
EDITOR'S WORST FRIEND
Your recent article about talking dogs (EVENTS& DISCOVERIES, Aug. 10 )is ridiculous. When my dog read it he just laughed hollowly and closed the magazine.
Las Vegas, Nev.
GOLF: ARE WE COMPLAINING?
We've had five years of interesting articles. Joan Flynn Dreyspool's treatise on women's golf, "It's a Mad World and We Love It" (SI, Aug. 17) is a perfect gem. As it is 10 a.m. Saturday morning and the homemaker is out avoiding "psychiatrists' bills," I shall leave the August J. 7th issue, opened to this article, on the kitchen table wrapped in the used wax paper which covered my sandwich (Saturday's lunch). Naturally, I'll be out playing when she returns. Just a couple of short hours before reading this piece the writer was awakened at 7:30 a.m. by another homemaker calling to check on the meeting time.
Are we men complaining? You bet not! Playing in mixed Scotch foursomes or in alternate-shot events with the sandwich makers is more fun than any other type of match.
BASEBALL: EVERYONE A STAR
If we must have two All-Star games, why not have a whole mess of them, like one each week? We could have a left-handed All-Star game, a rookie All-Star game, a first-division All-Star game, a right-handed All-Star game, a Negro All-Star game, a sophomore All-Star game, a white All-Star game and a cellar-dweller All-Star game, plus many more.
This may sound ridiculous, but is it any more so than having two such events, a system that considerably cheapens both?
The strip of caricatures of those men involved in the Patterson-Johansson squabble were simply priceless. The art of caricature has almost disappeared. Congratulations to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and Marc Simont for these outstanding examples of a dying art.
HARRISON J. COWAN
New York City
DOGS: IN PRAISE OF RETRIEVERS
A statement made by Mr. Stymiest in his article concerning the training of pointing dogs (Field Training: The Pointing Dogs, SI, Aug. 3) prompts me to write. He said that when the dog was well-trained and experienced he could be taught to retrieve, but the job was not expected of the dog.
This brought to mind the big difference I have found in pointers trained in my home country and those trained here in Kentucky. I am originally from Mississippi, having been born and raised there, and have been in Kentucky only two years. When I first came to Kentucky I was struck by the fact that the dogs here didn't retrieve. It was the exceptional dog that did and that always prompted much praise. As far back as I can remember, all the dogs I have hunted with and owned in Mississippi were retrievers and were expected to retrieve. In some of that Delta country you would have had one hell of a job finding a dead bird if they didn't retrieve. After hunting 'with dogs trained both ways I still choose the retriever and intend to continue to teach my dog to do it.