Please ask Booth Lusteg to write another article on the Science of Paper-Cup Kicking, or maybe the Paper-Cup Kicking Game, as soon as possible. Perhaps he could sell his paper-cup idea to some toy manufacturer and get out of football for good!
Honestly, I do admire Booth's magnificent obsession. And his story was hilarious. Just hope he qualifies for the Players' Pension Fund soon. Surely he deserves it.
Your article on Booth Lusteg calls to mind the story circulating in the Buffalo area after he missed that 23-yard field goal against San Diego in 1966. When asked by an old friend how the world was treating him, Booth replied, "Oh, I can't kick."
GEORGE J. STRACHAN
Robert Jones deserves a promotion for his fantastic article about Dick Butkus of the Bears (The Man in the Middle, Sept. 21). Being a loyal Bear fan, I love any story concerning the Bears, but this was the utmost.
Thank goodness Dick Butkus doesn't roam the streets at night. Or does he?
Your picture of Dick Butkus "biting" Willis Crenshaw's fingers goes to show the public what a vicious person he really is. Is it any wonder people label Mr. Butkus an animal? The picture speaks for itself. Back to your cage, Dick.
Not only did Robert Jones point out that Dick Butkus is the game's best middle linebacker but that Chicago's Big Bad Bear can actually talk. Not to mention that he directs the Bears' defense, one of the most complex in pro football.
Double congratulations! First to Mr. Bob Gibson on his Hall of Fame-caliber achievements and secondly to you for bringing this not-widely-known fact to your sportsminded public (In a Changing Cast, One Guy Still Gives a Hoot, Sept. 21). In a profession where facts and figures inexorably chronicle a man's success or failure, Mr. Gibson's accomplishments, seen in the light of his intense pride and dedication, make him worthy of the adulation of us all and in turn make those of us from cities other than St. Louis more keenly appreciate this rare performer when we have an all-too-infrequent opportunity to see him work. May SI continue to inform its readers of such milestones of greatness in their midst.
M. P. SULLIVAN
Brown Deer, Wis.
Is there any question who should get the Cy Young Award this year? Not only as of this writing is he 23-6 but he is hitting .311 with two home runs and 19 RBIs. He has walked only 2� batters every nine innings and he strikes out eight per game. Whenever he tires on the mound, he can see only an equally weary Chuck Taylor in the bullpen and that's all, so he always goes all the way. His name? Bob Gibson.
GENE P. BAKER JR.
Bob Gibson's fastball couldn't break a window. At least not in the "one national endorsement" mentioned by William Leggett. For that commercial Gibson fired six innings' worth of fastballs at a window pane—and couldn't so much as crack it. The reason he couldn't is that the window was made of Lexan—a remarkable polycarbonate from General Electric. It was not Plexiglas, as Leggett stated.
Durstine & Osborn, Inc.
New York City