Many thanks to SI for putting the off-season physical-conditioning programs into proper perspective.
The St. Petersburg Times' laudable efforts to expose the seamy side of college football were tarnished by a good deal of inaccurate reporting and by unfairly singling out one school, Florida Stale. The Times has led Floridians to believe unheard-of tortures were occurring at FSU while other schools gave players a warm teddy bear for the winter.
An accusing finger should be pointed at the NCAA for its vague rules that mean almost anything goes in these programs.
H. H. DE BEAUBIEN
Winter Park, Fla.
My sincere congratulations to Robert H. Boyle for his splendid article Buy Now and Cry Later (July 23). I hope that other states will follow the lead of California, Vermont and Maine in passing legislation that will halt the encroachment of the greedy land developers.
As you pointed out, not all developers are bad. Many sincerely attempt to make the remaining open spaces useful as well as enjoyable to all.
FREDERICK H. HART
La Mesa, Calif.
If Pulitzer Prizes are being given for brilliantly written expos�s of illicit land development projects, I nominate Robert H. Boyle. Buy Now and Cry Later should be required reading for anyone over 40. And the magazine is to be congratulated for publishing such articles of revelation.
JANET M. TENNEY
Thanks so much for Robert H. Boyle's article. It is obvious that of all man's activities, his use of land has the most far-reaching impact on the environment. And of all man's land-use activities, the booming growth of the land-sales industry represents the most serious threat to our dwindling land resources. Hopefully, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED will continue to inform its readers on subjects such as this, and by doing so help to keep the word "resource" a part of the English language.
North Hollywood, Calif.
Three cheers for Dan Jenkins' article on the British Open (His First Hurrah, July 23). Having long admired Tom Weiskopf as a golfer, this story doubled my appreciation of him. It ranks as SI's best article since I began reading the magazine.
Dan Jenkins has made me shed a few tears for poor old Jack Nicklaus, the "walking corporation." All poor, over-the-hill Jack has done this year is win four tournaments and remain one of the top money-winners on the pro tour.
IN A NUTSHELL
In SCORECARD (July 2) you mention Ben Drisko's recent suggestion that rowing in unison may be the wrong approach in competitive crew racing. Your discussion certainly is "offbeat." The shell does not leap ahead "as the eight men dig their oars into the water simultaneously." It slows down. During the "arresting interval" between strokes, the hull velocity is as much as 25% greater than the average or "constant component." These peculiar effects are a consequence of the motion of the oarsmen on their slides during the stroke and run. Although a precise description requires some mathematics, these effects are obvious to anyone who has ever watched a crew race.