Pat Putnam is the first reporter to give Jan Stenerud the glory he deserves. Jan Stenerud is by far the greatest field-goal kicker there ever was. I'm now waiting for him to kick a 60- or 65-yard field goal. With a threat like him, the Chiefs are a sure bet to win the AFL and, possibly, to take the Super Bowl. Just think how great he would be if he knew what he was doing!
Telling it like it is usually has a serious connotation, but in his article Life in a Jock House (Oct. 28) Joe Jares told it like it was and said it funnier than anything I have read this year.
Hilarious things happen to all of us every waking day of our lives, but we're always so preoccupied with our trivial anxieties that we don't even stop to smile, much less laugh. Some guys just seem to have total recall of the funny things that happen in their lives. Joe Jares is obviously one of this talented group.
I don't know what SI's circulation is, but I'll bet a couple of hundred thousand ex-ballplayers and military men saw their old buddies personified in some of Jares' vivid descriptions. I know that I did, and it was fun.
Pompton Plains, N.J.
HAWK IN HAND
I would like to commend Gary Ronberg for his excellent article on Jim Pappin (Pap-pin Pops 'Em in for the Black Hawks, Nov. 4). Hawk General Manager Tommy Ivan made a great move when he secured Pappin from Imlach's Maple Leafs. The Hawks badly needed a hustling, fast-skating, fast-shooting center and, after seeing him play in person and on all the games the Black Hawks televise, I am positive they have filled their need. As of this writing, the Hawks have six players in the top 10 in the NHL scoring race.
VOICE FOR THE WILDERNESS
I would like to congratulate SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and Bil Gilbert for the outstanding story entitled The Old Swimmin'-Hole (Oct. 21). Thank you for pointing out to the public the complacent, buck-passing attitude that pervades a portion of our populace on matters of air- and water-pollution control. May your article open the eyes and minds of the multitudes, arouse them to meaningful action and shame the offenders into indemnifying the nation for their flagrant destruction of our precious and vital resources.
Menlo Park, Calif.
I read with great interest the beautifully done piece by Bil Gilbert. He documented most effectively the kind of tragic course that we seem to be following in this country.
I do want to call attention to one small technical mistake. In discussing the bacterial count and correctly pointing to it as an index of pollution, Mr. Gilbert repeatedly used the word "colloform," whereas the correct term is "coliform." The standard technique in evaluating pollution is to measure the number of E. coli—the ubiquitous Gram-negative bacterium that inhabits the human gastrointestinal tract.
This is a small matter that I'm sure would provoke a response only on the part of a "sometime" physician.
ROBERT J. GLASER, M.D.
SI has a unique opportunity to enlarge its (and the world's), concept of "sportsman" by presenting the coveted Sportsman of the Year award to David Wingate of cahow fame (There Are Problems when Man Plays God, Nov. 4).