Having chased the Knicks across the country half a dozen times last season, I was astonished at how well Douglas Gorsline captured the feeling of pro basketball. He has portrayed in six paintings what no man could describe in 600 pages.
Executive Sports Editor
The Miami News
Throughout my association with professional basketball I have had nothing but the highest regard for the accuracy in the reporting of your magazine. However, in the SCORECARD section of your Oct. 26 issue you state that Warren Armstrong was suspended by me for his activities in regard to the formation of a black union. This is a gross error. The problems that existed between this franchise and Warren Armstrong were totally unrelated to color, and any inference of a color problem does a great injustice and disservice to Warren Armstrong as well as to the Kentucky Colonels.
I feel that you overlooked an obvious choice in your selection of the Lineman of the Week for your Oct. 19 issue. Jeff Siemon of Stanford received the honor after a fine performance of eight assists and seven unassisted tackles while taking part in a mild upset. Dick Biddle of Duke, however, made 14 unassisted tackles and 16 assists in a major upset over previously unbeaten West Virginia. Moreover, Biddle was hampered by a back injury. I feel that an inspired performance such as his definitely deserves SI's recognition.
ROBERT B. MARSHALL
I was interested in Bill Pryce's suggestion that football players who commit a foul be required to identify themselves (SCORECARD, Oct. 12). Either pro football is becoming more brutal, or television, with its instant replays and closeups, is making the violence of the game more apparent. This was brought home to me during the Detroit- Chicago game. Early in the game Mel Farr ran for a short gain and was tackled. As he was going down, he received an extraneous forearm blow to his back. The instant replay clearly showed this blatant foul.
Perhaps a limit of major fouls should be imposed on football players, as in basketball. This would certainly reduce the number of penalties and perhaps also the number of permanent injuries being suffered by players of this game.
Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Bill Pryce's suggested rule change might reduce the number of penalties, but it could also reduce the number of football players. Just imagine a situation like this: you're at Franklin Field and the seldom victorious Eagles are putting together a drive for the go-ahead score. The clock shows 20 seconds but a holding penalty is called, putting them out of field-goal range. What do you think will happen when the guilty Eagle lineman holds up his hand in front of 60,000 desperate fans?
Forget the idea, we would rather use our imagination. Besides, it might be a favorite player, and that wouldn't be good at all.
The center snaps the ball and the quarterback fades back to pass. The center grabs a blitzing linebacker to prevent a crushed quarterback and a poor grade after the week's film analysis. An alert referee catches the infraction and throws his flag. But in his desire to keep visual contact with the offender so that he can ask him to hold up his hand, the official fails to note that the defensive end has been holding the offensive tight end to keep him from running his pattern.
Down with Mr. Pryce's suggestion.
ERNEST B. PRICE
To enlighten Bill Pryce, it is an unwritten rule that the captain or coach may learn the identity of a football player committing a personal foul simply by inquiring of the official making the call.
SEYMOUR STEINMAN, D.D.S.
Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials