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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
September 14, 1970
BRANDEDSirs:Regular readers of SI have resigned them-selves to the fact that no professional football season can begin without a prediction by Tex Maule that the Dallas Cowboys will be world champions, or end sans his annual apology as to why they failed to live up to his expectations. The 1970 season is off to a flying start (Big Ifs in Big D, Aug. 31). Tex not only concedes the Cowboys their division title but even forecasts their success in the playoffs, since they cannot meet the Cleveland Browns before the Super Bowl. Don't you think it behooves you to assign someone else to games involving the Cowboys? ROBERT I. PACK San Francisco
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September 14, 1970

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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I urge the Rev. Mr. Capon to take one additional step, that being in the form of an apology to us joggers. After all, the goal we share is a common one.
DAVID J. LESKO
Quakertown, Pa.

Sirs:
Although I enjoyed reading about the spiritual elation experienced by Robert Capon, I think the metaphysical symbolism he attaches to cutting wood is just a little out of the realm of the SI reader who sits with a can of beer in front of his TV on Sundays watching the ball game. And that includes those of us who are more physically inclined and do our 11-minutes-a-day Canadian Air Force exercises at halftime.
LOUIS L. OLLIVIER
Albuquerque

MAD ABOUT JOE (CONT.)
Sirs:
After noting the mass indignation (19TH HOLE, Aug. 31) that greeted your Aug. 17 cover portrait of Joe Namath, I can only feel that the cover summed up Joe perfectly. He is doing what he wants, the way he wants, in the face of criticism.
RICHARD B. HELDENFELS
Newport News, Va.

Sirs:
The players may be fed up with him and so may the fans, but Joe Willie Namath is still the best, whether they like it or not.
DANA LAURENZI
Whitinsville, Mass.

Sirs:
I would defend Joe Namath with my life.
LISA MUNSON
Branford, Conn.

Sirs:
I hope the public can stop worrying about Joe's private life and start hoping that his knees gain strength, because the Jets won't be too exciting without him.
JOHN FOULDS
Darien, Conn.

HORSE MARKET
Sirs:
For Pete's sake, are you steering the hapless and bleeding bulls of the stock market into the maze of the thoroughbred horse business (Playing the Horse Market, Aug. 24)? And why use as an example Charles Engelhard, who probably has more money and/or guts than anybody else in the business? Throw out Nijinsky and your roseate picture of Engelhard's profit and loss statement will read differently—a Nijinsky comes along every 100 years or so, maybe! And what are the figures that would fall under the heading of EXPENSES? I'm sure Charles Engelhard is much too smart to kid himself in this manner.
PAT HUMPHRIES
Ram Tap Stables
Fresno, Calif.

?Horsemen who are in a position to know estimate that it costs Engelhard an average of $10,000 per horse per year to maintain and race his thoroughbreds in the U.S. and about half that amount abroad. Since he now has 41 horses in training here and 48 more in England and Ireland, Engelhard's expenses for 1970 will, on this basis, total at least $650,000.—ED.

EYE ON HAWAII
Sirs:
Mahalo to Robert F. Jones for his enjoyable article on the Hawaii Islanders (Hula, Moolah and No Blahs, Aug. 24). But auwe, isn't that a picture of Third Baseman John Werhas? Please treat us Islander fans to a photograph of Hawaii's major league manager, Chuck Tanner.
MICHAEL E. BATES
Baraboo, Wis.

?See above—ED.

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