The contention of the vocational football "experts" that Ivy League football is not up to non- Ivy League standards is understandable. Quite naturally, those who make a living at football resent the fact that those with exceptional brains, i.e., Ivy League students, can learn football in a few weeks rather than having to work at it throughout the spring, summer and fall as required by the intellectually slower teams in the East.
East Orange, N.J.
Re your article on dognapping (The Pets That Stray to the Labs, Nov. 29), I do not agree that "the domestic dog is part of the human heart." This is pure sentimental malarkey. The first dogs were work dogs, earning their keep. If you said some dogs—you might be right. I grew up with a collie, bloodhound, English bull and a mongrel in the Pennsylvania hills. But I was taught that the master is responsible for the dog's actions. My ears were boxed, not the dog's, for any misbehavior. Today when I get off the bus and walk three blocks I am accosted by pipsqueaking Pekingeses up to large German shepherds, uncontrolled and aggressive. When walking in the neighborhood one usually needs a large staff to ward off the spoiled curs. It is fine to produce a code of ethics and laws for dog sellers and owners, but you must realize that the irresponsible dog owner is just as much of a problem as the dognapper.
You say science "has a genuine need for laboratory animals, but its way of getting them is often dark and devious." As a scientist I was startled to hear of our "dark and devious" way, and I could scarcely wait to find the sports side of the story.
Is stealing pet dogs a bad sport, to be condemned like professional boxing, or is it an off beat one like fishing with unusual lures? Is SPORTS ILLUSTRATED opposed to stealing sporting dogs (an old custom in country communities long before experimental laboratories were founded)? Or is SPORTS ILLUSTRATED allowing itself to be used, unwittingly, I hope, as a forum for antivivisectionists?
ROY N. BARNETT, M.D.
Your article was a great shock to me. As a lover of animals, especially dogs, it is hard for me to believe that anyone would be heartless enough to steal a family pet and sell it for experimental purposes. I have written a letter to my senator in the hopes that there is something that a citizen can do to help this bill requiring dog dealers to be licensed by the Federal Government become law.
ROBERT A. ATCHICK
HUE AND CRY
Concerning Robert R. Rinehart's suggestion that football officials use two flags of different colors to signify the offending team (19th HOLE, NOV. 22), I have in my files a clipping showing that such an experiment was carried out here in Kansas, using red and yellow flags, in 1959. It was the idea of Orville Gregory, athletic director of Arkansas City ( Kans.) Junior College.
The two-flag system was used in a number of games with apparent success, and I cannot understand why it was not retained. Perhaps an official might throw the wrong flag on occasion, but anything to make the game better for the spectator, I say, is good.
Garden City, Kans.
After reading Mr. Rinehart's colorful proposal, I shuddered at the thought of another hanky in my pocket. There's pass interference. Let's see now. Red flag for defense, blue flag for offense. Left pocket blue, right pocket red—decisions, decisions, decisions.
I share wholeheartedly Mr. Covey's desire to read more about the stars of small-college football (19TH HOLE, NOV. 22). For example, Bill Johnson, 210-pound fullback-tailback for The University of the South (Sewanee, Tenn.), rushed for more than 1,000 yards and passed and returned kicks for hundreds of yards more this year. He is assured of following his predecessor, Martin Agnew, onto the Little All-America team, and several professional teams have let it be known that they will try to sign him. In spite of this, few people outside of eastern Tennessee have ever heard of him.
In reference to the letter from Michael Covey, it is true that Hobart "crushed" Union, but Union has some good players, too. Union gridders Marc Hurlbut, George LaPorte and Tom Hitchcock have come close to setting several national small-college records. As a matter of fact, LaPorte did set the national mark for passes caught in one game—19, against Hamilton College.
DAVID S. JOHNSON