Two gold medals to John Underwood and Alexander Eliot for their coverage of the Olympic Games (Oct. 5). A silver medal to Gilbert Rogin and numerous bronze medals to your photographers.
JUAN L. LOPEZ
New York City
This was the best issue ever. John Underwood's text covering the entire Olympics contained so much information that now I have some special knowledge about many of those who will compete in Tokyo.
In his article on Snell (The Fastest Is Faster), Gilbert Rogin caught those elusive sharp edges of inner landscape and made us feel the terrific emotional torque of a great athlete who pushes over the barriers toward his ultimate tape. The impressionistic conversations between Peter and Sally and Peter and Mr. Scott were exciting. Records aren't broken by machines; they are broken by people. Bravo!
I thought the two-part article by Tommy McDonald in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED some months ago took the cake for bragging and self-conceit by an athlete, but your recent one on Peter Snell beats it by a 3:50 mile!
The many fans who thought the record for miscalculation established by the legendary and immortal Tex Maule would stand forever now must concede that Baseball Writer William Leggett deserves at least an asterisk beside his name for his September 21 dismissal of the pennant chances of the St. Louis Cardinals (Futile Surge amid the Shuffle).
Alongside Maule's battered crystal ball and the diagram of Dallas' most frequently used 1963 play—the goal line stand—we must enshrine in the sportswriters' hall of fame William Leggett's famous concluding sentence: "But no hocus-pocus—or even mesmerizing—will bring the Cardinals a pennant."
JERRY C. DAVIS
Falls Church, Va.
THE BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL
Cheers for Edwin Shrake (Buffalo Stands for the Bills, Oct. 5)!
He used great foresight in writing nothing but praise because only we, who put up with those narrow streets, impossible parking and inadequate seating, can say anything against those beautiful, bearish, bold, brawny Bills and live to talk about it.
Clarence Center, N.Y.
Edwin Shrake stated that the Bills were easily the best team in the Eastern Division of the AFL. The fact that the Boston Patriots, defending champs, were also undefeated and have beaten San Diego was glossed over. To quote the coach of another Boston-based championship team, "We're the champs; they've got to come to us."
Robert Boyle's ignoble experiments with dyed and dying killies (A Pretty Kettle of Dyed Fishbait, Oct. 5) was an offense to the dignity of all fish everywhere. It pleases me to hope that someday all the little red killies will band together in the shape of one monstrously huge fish (the way they do in Swimmy, a children's book in our house) and pursue their tormentors—large-mouth bass and Big-brain Boyle—through the seven seas.