How I wish that your picture of Pete Dawkins enraged could be published and understood all over the world. It's the best damn propaganda I've seen since the end of World War II.
If we could somehow dispel the big-sap image of the American, which we've so foolishly projected over the years, and act like human beings who can on occasion get their hackles up, perhaps we'd be met with a little more respect than is presently accorded us.
I wish all men could believe that we have some several million Dawkinses who will meet toughness with toughness and more.
G. A. COUNCIL
Peter Waldmeir concludes in Statutes for Status in the Backyard (Nov. 27) that insurance companies do not consider swimming pools a very great danger because their charge for coverage of pools is only $15. This would represent a 25% increase in my home-insurance premium, which includes payment for not only liability insurance but also fire damage insurance. My conclusion would be that insurance companies consider backyard swimming pools extremely dangerous.
M. ALBERT ABREU
I would like to offer two proposals which I believe would add interest to football as a great spectator sport.
First, to my way of thinking, the kicking of a field goal is a talent that deserves greater emphasis. As it stands now, all field goals are worth three points. I would like to suggest a 2-3-4 point basis. The system would be simply this: any field goal kicked from the 20-yard line or closer would be worth two points, a field goal from the 21-to the 40-yard line, three points, and a field goal from beyond the 40-yard line, four points. This adds the same type of effect as the long-ball hitter in baseball, docs away with the cheap three-pointers and puts greater emphasis on the ability of a player to develop his skill as a kicker.
A corollary to the rule would be necessary, however; the team in control of the ball would have to have made an advance of the ball on the play previous to kicking a field goal in order to benefit by the distance. In other words, if a team is trailing by three points and moves the ball to the opponent's five-yard line, with third down, they cannot arbitrarily allow themselves to be thrown for a 16-yard loss simply to gain the possibility of a three-point field goal instead of a two-pointer.
Secondly, I feel that the rule regarding unsuccessful field goals should be changed. Now an attempted field goal that goes wide is logged as a touchback and brought out to the 20-yard line. Thus, if a defensive team successfully holds the offensive team at bay at the 40-yard line and the offensive team attempts and fails in a field-goal try, the ball is placed on the defensive team's 20-yard line. The defensive team has been penalized 20 yards for its heroic defense! Or if the offensive team moves the ball to its opponent's 10-yard line and tries a field goal without success, the ball is likewise brought out to the 20. Why should the defensive team be arbitrarily handed 10 yards they didn't work to get?
The field goal should not be treated as a punt for the simple reason that a punt is a defensive maneuver, while the field goal is an offensive maneuver. I would suggest that if a safety man wants to field the ball after an unsuccessful field-goal try and attempt to run it back, then let him. But, if he decides to let it go, because it is impossible to field (most of them are) then give the ball to the defensive team at the original line of scrimmage from which the kick was made. Thus we make defense defensive, and offense offensive.