As a Denver Bronco fan I would like to make a strong protest against a pro football rule that forces young players to compete against older, mature men. On Nov. 15 a 43-year-old quarterback from Oakland came into the game in the last four minutes and took his team 80 yards in six plays to beat us. He does things like this all the time. He has 21 years of pro experience; some of his opponents aren't much older than that. This is unfair. I suggest that this fellow, George something-or-other, be sent to Siberia, inducted into the Hall of Fame—or traded to our team.
FRANK A. WELDER
WANTED: George Blanda, age 43, 6'2", 215 pounds. This man is wanted in Denver, Kansas City and, especially, Cleveland. He formerly operated out of Chicago and Houston. He is now hiding in Oakland. He possesses a rifle arm and a big boot and is considered very, very dangerous. He has a long record dating back to 1949, and he always works with a group of 10 other men, all younger than himself.
Let George Do It—And He Does (Nov. 23) by Tex Maule was a well-written article on an old pro. George Blanda has captured the hearts of all 40-year-old men. He has become a hero of my father. Good show, George, keep it up.
HEEL AND TOE
Your article about walker Dave Romansky (Blue Collar Walker, Nov. 23) certainly points out the determination and sacrifice necessary to achieve excellence in any field. However, I feel the implied condemnation of Dave's employer, Du Pont, was totally unfair. Olympic track is amateur competition. In fact, if Du Pont were to extend special consideration to Mr. Romansky and, in effect, employ him as a walker, could not his amateur status be compromised?
A YMCA that deprives youngsters of the inspiration and talent of a Dave Romansky because he lacks a college degree has failed in its main duty to provide young people with leaders to look up to and emulate. A firm such as Du Pont that cannot afford to pay a man who presents the positive image of our country in competition that Dave Romansky does for the few days a year that he takes off above and beyond his allotted vacation has more than demonstrated a narrowness of policy.
Thank you for the long overdue recognition of race-walker Dave Romansky. His plight is the classic example of what an outdated amateur code can do to the life of a man who wants to compete for his country. If the U.S. fails to realign its amateur sights the Romanskys of America will be driven out of competition.
By the way, Dave's dedication extends to coaching as well. He competes and coaches for the Delaware Track & Field Club. Over Thanksgiving weekend he took eight girls, ranging from 8 to 18, to the national AAU cross-country races in St. Louis.
ROBERT V. BEHR, Vice-President
Delaware Track & Field Club, Inc.
I would like to clarity my remarks of several weeks ago, which were quoted in SCORECARD (Nov. 9) with specific reference to Jerry Lucas. The point I was making concerning no-cut, no-trade contracts was that they result in instant security for the players, which in turn results in stifled motivation, desire and dedication in an endeavor that demands these intangibles for success. 1 stated that players unconsciously did not get the most out of their abilities when this additional challenge was removed.
The question was asked of me by the interviewer if Jerry Lucas was an example of this, since he had stated recently that he had lost 20 pounds, had worked out all summer and was ready to have his best year. My response was that it was highly possible that Jerry could play better this year unencumbered by financial problems and able to concentrate completely on basketball.
I frankly am ashamed of myself for allowing any other interpretation to be placed on my words. And I agree completely with Pepper Wilson's point (19TH HOLE, NOV. 23) that Jerry Lucas' performance over the past nine years has been outstanding. In my experience Jerry has always been a gentleman and a fine basketball player whose record in sports speaks for itself.
BOB COUSY, Coach