Mr. Jares not only presented an excellent defense of our fine team against Ronald Green's comment in the Charlotte News but he presented all SPORTS ILLUSTRATED readers with an interesting and unbiased commentary on what makes our quintet rank third nationally. His article should be added to the many other SPORTS ILLUSTRATED greats.
The SCU students are anxiously awaiting the NCAA West Regionals in Los Angeles. Many are optimistic about the big game with UCLA. As Jares said, the Jets beat the Colts, so it might be said that the Broncos beat the Bruins.
STEVEN A. LAPHAM
Santa Clara, Calif.
Thanks for the recognition, but your coverage leads those unfamiliar with California to believe that Santa Clara is no more than a rural hamlet. You point out the unknown towns of Los Altos, Los Gatos and Milpitas but fail to mention that Santa Clara is rightfully recognized as a city and part of a vast megalopolis known as the San Francisco Bay Area.
Coach Garibaldi's friendliness with the gas station attendant epitomizes the smalltown atmosphere. How about the 379 bars and nightclubs within the limits of the San Jose- Santa Clara twin cities? Day life, night life, student life here in Santa Clara are all superb. This place is happiness in a big way.
San Jose, Calif.
I feel compelled to comment on a statement from your article that " Santa Clara stepped way down in class to swat such mosquitoes as UC Davis...." This year the Cal Aggies have easily beaten St. Mary's, which happens to be in the middle of Santa Clara's league, the WCAC. We are also well on the way to our third straight championship in a league that includes San Francisco State, the only team to lead Santa Clara at halftime this season. I just wanted to point this out so that when the Aggies win the NCAA "Small Mosquito" Division this year, you won't be too surprised.
Thank you for your excellent article on the Lamar Tech Cardinals (Lamar May Be Little, But It Sure Isn't Minor, Feb. 3). The small colleges, like Lamar, get very little publicity, and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is the only magazine that brings attention to them.
I'm sure that if everyone could have seen the Lamar Tech Cardinals play the Houston Cougars they would realize why Lamar deserves recognition. Thank you for putting Beaumont on the map.
Bridge City, Texas
ONE FOOT ON THE GROUND
Your article on High Jumper Dick Fosbury (Being Backward Gets Results, Feb. 10) brought to mind a subject that is a favorite of a guy I used to work with. He contended the high-jump record really belonged to a Gymnast Dick Browning, who tumbled over a bar at some unbelievable height a few years ago.
Apparently track purists felt there was something illegal about Browning's style. As a matter of fact, Browning's feat escaped my attention completely. But my friend claims it happened and points to a notation in the Guinness Book of World Records to support his claim. My question is: Just what are the restrictions on high-jumping style?
?AAU rules state that the high jumper must take off from one foot. Dickie Browning, who somersaulted backward over a bar 7'6" high in 1954, used a two-foot takeoff. The Guinness Book of World Records cites Browning as "the greatest tumbler of all time" and lists, as part of his high tumbling gymnastic routine, a backward handspring, backward somersault with half twist and double backward somersault.—ED.