I'm glad someone has finally realized that Kelso is great, and that Man o' War isn't all that great.
Many thanks for Rex Lardner's excellent article on platform paddle tennis (It's Wintertime, So Let's Play Tennis, Nov. 18). We have long wondered when SPORTS ILLUSTRATED would "uncover" this wonderful game. It was well done, and the artistry of Eldridge King shows he is a true devotee.
It is too bad that your article could not have appeared a week sooner, for paddle tennis players everywhere were saddened by the death of the game's founder, Fessenden Blanchard, at last weekend's Harvard-Princeton football game. Many aficionados are not only indebted to him for his efforts throughout his long and useful life in promoting paddle tennis, but also for his excellent books and articles on cruising and sailing. He was the true amateur sportsman.
JOHN PICKERING JR.
I noted with interest your description of a three-dimensional game of pool in outer space (SCORECARD, NOV. 11). Apparently you didn't take into account Newton's third law, which states, "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."
What happens when the cue ball slams into the 35 ball "rack" and sends them flying in all directions in the weightlessness of outer space? With no gravity to slow them down, the balls would carom off the walls, ceiling, floor, each other and the players until the players, I fear, would be in pretty sad shape.
It would be worse than throwing a golf ball against the wall in a tile bathroom, and I don't think you'd want to try that to get your exercise.
ROBERT E. CAIN
The item in your November 4 SCORECARD in which you refer to the five perfect bridge hands that have been dealt seemed to our group to have the ring of disbelief on your reporter's part.
I've been dealing and shuffling cards a long time, and this is the first time such a thing has ever happened to any of our group, and I don't expect it to ever happen again, but if it does I'm going to let your magazine know about it immediately.
When we reported our perfect bridge hand we had no knowledge of the other hands except for a vague remembrance of the Kankakee hand, and we were under the impression that theirs was a 13 spade hand. We've since learned that theirs was a perfect hand, too. We had no knowledge of the other hands that you report as having been dealt.
MRS. E. K. McILRATH