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I am not known in the television industry for my ringing defenses of NBC Sports, but I think on this occasion SI has been unfair and, worse than that, inaccurate. If Critic Sheed was watching as closely as advertised, he would have known that Curt Gowdy could not possibly have neglected to tell the TV audience of Met Al Weis' presence in the first New York- Atlanta playoff game since Gowdy was announcing the Baltimore-Minnesota game at the time, while the Met game was being announced by Jim Simpson. To make such a fundamental error in journalism is inexcusable, but perhaps "an esteemed critic" finds that less important than a series of wisecracks.
?In the battle of wisecracks between TV Executive Arledge and Contributor Sheed, Mr. Arledge must be deemed the winner on points. The words attributed to Curt Gowdy were in fact pronounced by Jim Simpson.—ED
In my opinion the following changes would not only place more value on kicking accuracy but, more important, would reemphasize the premium value of the touchdown: 1) move the goalposts 10 yards off the goal line, 2) move the uprights closer together and 3) on all field goal attempts outside the 20-yard line that are missed award the ball to the other team at the original line of scrimmage rather than the 20-yard line.
These rule alterations would not eliminate the field goal, but would tend to reduce the long attempts, make the short ones a bit more difficult and return to football the greatest of all situations, a fourth down with two yards to go on the 28-yard line.
Think it over, Pete. More people than ever before are heading for another cold beer at the announcement, "And here comes the field-goal team."
Incidentally, the purchase of Ernie's contract was a rare bargain. I recall that the Cubs gave the Monarchs $18,000 for the right to sign Banks and two other Monarchs, whose names I have long forgotten. One, I believe, was a boy named Rickey.
ANOTHER FOR MARYLAND
I beg to differ. Maryland won the NCAA soccer championship (co-champs with Michigan State) in 1968. Also, Giancorlo Brandoni and Mario Jelencovich both were named to the 1968 All-America team.