Washington has come through with a fine team and a beautiful stadium. My complaint is that $6 for every seat is pretty high. If George Preston Marshall would rearrange the prices, the Skins would draw 50,000 on every home game.
I'm sure that archers everywhere, and especially members of the National Archery Association, enjoyed William Barry Furlong's article about Paul Butler and Oak Brook (Man With 14 Polo Fields, Oct. 22). But I was sorry that he didn't talk about another Butler in connection with it—Julius W. Butler, Paul's brother, an extremely vigorous, imaginative man of 67.
Both Butlers, but especially Julius, have made Oak Brook and archery synonymous in the minds of NAAers. The main polo field, which you showed, will be the site of our national championships in even-numbered years. Next June 22-23 it will be the site of our qualification tournament to pick three men and three women to represent the United States in the biennial world championship meet on the playing fields of Eton. (In the last four world championships U.S. archers have won 13 of 16 gold medals, a record, I daresay, that cannot be matched by any other U.S. team in international competition.)
The tournament comes to the United States in 1965, and Julius Butler already is working to see that it takes place at Oak Brook.
How could you possibly report the World Amateur golf team championship and not once mention Canada's Gary Cowan (U.S. Is Best on Fuji's Fairways, Oct. 22)?
He just happened to be the low scorer among 23 four-man teams. He tied the low-round championship score of 68 on the opening day, but you noted only that Deane Beman carded a "magnificent" last-round 66 to tie the course record. You were lavish in your praise of the Pakistan team, calling them the New York Mets of international golf. So you really know how to be appreciative when you want to. Couldn't Cowan's 68 be rated at least "terrific"? Or maybe just "pretty darn good"?
I do believe soft-spoken Washington State Coach Jim Sutherland has outspoken himself (Big Surge on the West Coast, Oct. 22). His statement that "To be effective [as a passing team] you must have 65% completions and there isn't a college passer who can do this" doesn't exactly satisfy me. Miami's great quarterback, George Mira, a junior, has completed only 66 of 133 passes and has a mere 48% completion percentage. Yet without Mr. Mira's golden arm Miami would not be the excellent football team that it is. Mr. Sutherland has inflicted an insult upon the college quarterbacks of America.
We've been noting the statistics on total offense of various backs in the country. At the top of the list is Eldon Fortie, the tailback from Brigham Young University. Fortie's total offensive yardage for the first five games was an unbelievable 1,092 yards. This, you must agree, is an almost superhuman accomplishment.
East Saint Louis, Ill.
TIME TO QUIT
We find it regrettable that SPORTS ILLUSTRATED must refer to a winning, 15-foot 9-inch pole vault by Ron Morris as "lowly" (FOR THE RECORD, Oct. 22). Two years ago that height would have been nearly a world record. Furthermore, this particular vault was achieved during the off season for American track men. If the time has come that any effort which is not of world-record caliber cannot be recognized as an outstanding or even good effort, then it is time for humans to give up competition of any sort.