I would like to defend Dan Jenkins from Purdue's irate Boilermakers. I have been dating a lovely Kappa Alpha Theta from Purdue since I met her last April in Nassau. All this time I've been wondering why she has come to Princeton, with so many guys at Purdue. Thanks to Mr. Jenkins' article I now know why she has been traveling 650 miles to see me—I can do the jerk!
Re Howard Clark's letter, the Beta Zeta Chapter of Theta Chi fraternity from Michigan State University regrets to inform our brothers from Purdue that there will be no room available on the Theta Chi Club Car to the Rose Bowl.
East Lansing, Mich.
JUST FOR KICKS
Concerning Richard N. DeGunther's suggestion for returning the goal-line stand to football (19TH HOLE, Oct. 18), one thing is sure: a team would need a computer to figure it out. Using DeGunther's rules, just imagine this situation: With less than two minutes to go team A leads B by four points and has the ball. Quarterback A throws to his flanker and, as the flanker crosses mid-field, he must think, "Do I stop between the 20-and 30-yard lines so we have three downs in which to attempt a field goal, or do I stop before I cross the 10, giving us only two chances to kick, or do I cross the 10 where we have to kick on the first down or go for a touchdown, thus giving the other team a better chance of getting the ball?" Or pity the poor pass defender who, after intercepting a pass, must suddenly decide where to stop to put his team in the best scoring position.
If this goes through, every quarterback will have to be a math genius like Frank Ryan.
NED C. HOELZER
For the professional football fan who wonders why he finds himself trotting off for a hot dog when the field-goal team is trotting onto the field at fourth-and-one on the 12-yard line, I propose the following experiment: take one football, one 98� plastic kicking tee, and sneak onto the local high school practice field. Pace about 15 steps from the goalposts, tee up the ball and have at it. I think many a fan will be surprised to find that, with a minimum of coordination, he can put the ball right through the uprights after a few tries. After a brief warmup, my neighbor and I were 6 for 10 from 10 yards out (the main problem was getting the ball high enough), 7 for 10 from 15 yards, and 2 for 5 from 20 yards away. No Lou Grozas, to be sure, but we proved one thing: short field goals and extra points are too easy.
I don't want place kicking eliminated. A long field goal can be as thrilling as the long bomb. Tommy Brooker of the Chiefs booted a 48-yarder against Boston a few weeks ago that had the fans standing on their seats. But the only excitement I got watching Brooker kick his 104th consecutive extra point was seeing the fight in the stands over the ball.
My proposed rule change is simple: a team may not attempt a field goal when the line of scrimmage is inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Such a rule would restore prestige to the field goal by making it a feat of some difficulty. It would also restore the fourth-and-goal play to the fans, thereby replacing football's dullest play with its most exciting.
Kansas City, Mo.