If life were simple, then perhaps there would be no need for the insight and objectivity provided by Pat Jordan in his article on Jerome Evans. Such articles are what make SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, and you can be sure you have my support in printing more than just cold, hard facts.
From your headline for the article on the U.S. team semifinal playoff (Cutting Some Uppity Kids Down to Size, Oct. 18), bridge devotees who follow the fortunes of the Precision Club team got the impression that SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has misjudged those able players. I know Joel Stuart, Steve Altman, Peter Weichsel, Gene Neiger and Tom Smith to be high-caliber gentlemen, courteous and fair, with great team spirit. Never could the word "uppity," with its connotation of arrogance, be applied to them. As to the Mathe team's cutting them down to size, the facts in Charles Goren's write-up of the playoff indicated that it was merely a close shave.
Mrs. JAMES H. SMITH
BOB BLACKMAN'S STYLE
Roy Blount Jr.'s article on Illinois' new coach, Bob Blackman (An Ivy League Lombard Gets a Big Ten Jolt, Oct. 18), portrays a man who appears to have stepped out of his league in more ways than one. Blount is careful to note that Blackman has always taken losers and made winners out of them. But records can be misleading. What doesn't show up in Blount's article or in Blackman's magnificent record is the quality of football he brought to Dartmouth.
When Blackman came to the Ivy League, he brought with him a sophisticated brand of football which, at its best, was unsurpassed for its imagination, execution and excitement. And with Blackman it was at its best with convincing regularity.
Three yards and a cloud of dust may be winning football, but it is about as interesting to the average fan as a 19th century translation of an Old English manuscript. If the past is any indication of the future (and Duffy, Woody, Bo and the rest are going to wish it weren't), Big Ten fans can expect the unexpected when Blackman and the gang from Champaign-Urbana come to town. Even on third down and one.