Your story on Pistol Pete Maravich was both interesting and fascinating. While he may be a candidate for the Harlem Globetrotters, let's wait until he plays in the pros and then we'll see if this hot dog can cut the mustard!
Attention rescue squads, firemen, police, hospitals, doctors and to whom it may concern: Throw away the stomach pumps! Let the patient (victim) read Pete Maravich's story. The same results will be achieved without all the messy manipulations.
Hazel Green, Ala.
After having read Plight of the People Bird by Virginia Kraft (Nov. 17), I feel compelled to object to your allowing the advocacy of Virginia Kraft's theory.
To urge that hunters, in person, pay landowners for the right to hunt or fish on their land makes hunting and fishing available only to the wealthy. I can't believe this is the policy of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.
As a professional natural-resource biologist, I am certainly aware that habitat is the key to wildlife numbers. Today's most productive and profitable farming practices do not leave good pheasant habitat. If we are to expect the farmer to lose money for pheasants, I agree he must be given an equal compensation. However, this compensation cannot come from individual hunters or groups of hunters, as the vast majority could not compete for desirable hunting. The payment must come through our various state and federal agencies which are responsible for the management of the natural resource in question. In this way the end product would be equally available to all hunters. Also, the amount of payment would not be set by the ability to pay, with the rights going to the highest bidder.
I hope this method of attempting to solve the pheasant habitat problem can be given equal publicity in the pages of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.
In his story about the USC- UCLA game (Make Way for the Wild Bunch, Dec. 1), Dan Jenkins failed to even mention what could have become the bonehead call o the year by Coach John McKay.
In the event of a tie game, USC would have gone to the Rose Bowl because it had the better conference record. However, when his team scored with a little less than two minutes to play, making their lead 13-12, instead of trying for a two-point conversion which would have given them a lock on the game, Coach McKay sent in his kicking unit for a completely useless extra point to make the score 14-12.
This left the door open, and UCLA could then win by getting a field goal rather than a touchdown. For a while it looked as if the Bruins might do exactly this when they reached the USC 38-yard line with time left in the game. Another first down and Coach McKay might have had a long winter to sit and regret that untried two-point conversion. An interception saved the day.
THOMAS C. DUDDY
FLAG WAVER (CONT.)
As to who innovated the penalty flag (SCORECARD, Nov. 10), I believe my claim will antedate that of Dwight (Dike) Beede (19TH HOLE, Nov. 24).