How could Joe Namath have won the College All-Star Game (The Rookies Give It a Shot, Aug. 11)? The official who made the bad call took a lot off Joe's shoulders. And how does Pat Putnam know Namath will be as good this year as he was last year?
"Joe Is Back—But the Rookies Scare Him." That is a ridiculous headline for the cover of SI's Aug. 11 edition. I think Namath showed last season that he isn't afraid of very many veterans of pro football, much less a bunch of College All-Stars who have yet to play a game with any professional team. Pat Putnam's superb article showed that after a six-month layoff and only two weeks of training, Joe could still move the ball. Even after the six-month layoff, Joe still draws crowds, even if they are the type that clap when he is intercepted. But any way you look at it, 74,000 fans at a traditional "60-minute exercise of boredom" isn't bad.
I agree with Mr. Putnam's closing thought. Anyone who was pleased that Joe Namath didn't look as good as he did in the Super Bowl would be wise to check on him again when the season starts.
Who says Joe Namath is afraid of the rookies? Namath is a pro in every sense of the word. He has been decked by everyone from Ben Davidson to George Webster—Namath and company have beaten better defensive backs than Jim Marsalis, too. Do the rookies really scare Joe Namath? No, and neither do the veterans. Maybe, just maybe, Pete Rozelle does.
WORDS AND DEEDS
To be able to travel across Scotland, starting on the West Coast—visiting Heather, Whin, Bracken & Broom on the way—and ending up on the East Coast in The Old Course Hotel overlooking the Valley of Sin and The Road Hole was a most memorable vicarious experience.
Dan Jenkins' feature, You'll Not Do That Here, Laddie (Aug. 11), was in my opinion the finest single presentation that has ever graced the pages of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. Thank you very much.
WILLIAM M. JONES, D.D.S.
Twin Falls, Idaho
Dan Jenkins' story about his playing the six Scottish golf courses was most interesting to me, for I have also played them all and came away with the same feelings he expressed.
His mention of Peter Neil, his caddie at Troon, brought back memories of my having Peter caddie for me in 1962, the week following the Open. Peter informed me on the 11th tee that Jack Nicklaus had taken a 10 the previous week and that he would have me par the hole with no questions from me as to club selection. Using a four-iron from the tee, I arrived on the green in 3, then holed a 10' putt for a very proud 4. Peter signed my card then and there and told me to bring it home so that I could brag about the feat, which, of course, I have done ever since.
Those Scottish caddies are without doubt the best ever.
Having made the same trek, save Muirfield, as Mr. Jenkins, I can attest to the validity of his reporting of the courses and of the emotions they arouse. Golf, in Scotland, is unlike golf anywhere else in the world. It is golf.