MUD IN TV'S EYE
Many thanks for Tex Maule's article, A Cool Masterpiece (Jan. 10), on the Packer-Brown game. Delightful!
Chadds Ford, Pa.
I was quite disappointed in A Cool Masterpiece. If you ask me, it should have been called The Sloppy Mess. It's too bad they don't call football games on account of weather like they do baseball games. If my kid didn't know enough to come in out of the mess those grown men played in, I'd probably rap him one, and he's only 5.
Perhaps the home towners should be allowed to watch the team they have been paying to see all year in a championship game but, remember, there are a thousand people watching that game on TV for every one who sees it in person. If they can't set it up in a warmer town (like Miami), let them pick a reasonable day.
Sure the Packers won. They play the kind of ball that is the only thing that works on a day like that. Does this mean that if a 50-to-1 mudder wins the Kentucky Derby on a sloppy track he's the best 3-year-old around? Why not give the horse, who has been born and trained on a "normal" track, a chance to show his stuff?
How I love to see Jimmy Brown whip around end, fake a few linebackers out and take off; or catch up to a pass on a delayed flare-out and give the secondary boys a run for their money. What does it prove when ail these moves are mired down in the slop? I wonder if the Packers themselves are satisfied that they proved they are the best?
Let's push for a little common sense in such important contests as this.
LARRY M. RUSSELL
Miami Shores, Fla.
In his article, The Hawk Is a Mighty Hunter (Jan. 10), Frank Deford said St. Joe's is "the only school extant that has a president taller than its center." If you check into the height chart of Coach Jim Darden's basketball team at Colorado School of Mines, you'll find out that not one of the players is as tall as President Orlo E. Childs. He is 6 feet 8.
Beloit's President Miller Upton, a member of SI's Silver Anniversary All-America team in 1962 (Dec. 10, 1962), is a full inch taller than 6-foot-3 Bob Rudolph, Buccaneer center. Rudolph, fourth leading scorer in the Midwest Conference last season, may be able to outrebound his school's leader, but he casts a shorter shadow.
PAUL M. GARMAN
Bedazzled as I was by the sights and images of your January 17 cover and feature on the Exumas (A New Polynesia), the sportsman in me nevertheless cries out. We southern California lobster divers would rate Miss Sunny Bippus A-1 in the looks department but strictly gauche as a skin diver.
One simply doesn't attack a spiny lobster (Palinurus) with a Hawaiian sling or any other sort of spear gun. The proper equipment is a pair of leather or canvas gloves. As for the proper technique, send her out and I'll make an A-1 "bug" hunter out of her.