How about constructing a second crossbar on the goalposts several feet above the present one? For a kick to score an extra point or a field goal the ball would have to pass within the rectangle rather than through an open-ended, three-sided figure. What I am proposing is something akin to the strike zone in baseball.
JOHN W. ALEXANDER
As a hard-core weight-lifting fanatic, I devoured your article on the world championships (Bulgars, Britons and Bombers, Oct. 8). But I resented Robert H. Boyle's saying that middleweight champion Nadeltcho Kolev's elasticity, speed and lithe musculature are "unusual among lifters." On the contrary, most international lifters are extremely quick and flexible, with impressively athletic physiques. A star like Kolev bursts on the scene from Europe each year. But not from America. Too many myths and obstacles cloud weight lifting today in the U.S., so kids just don't take up the sport. This is not unusual when one considers that our major "sport" is pro football.
As Dan Can tore says, "There is potential in the U.S.," but that potential will never be realized unless weight lifters become well known and admired. Think what would happen if a young man saw Kolev in action on your cover, the zenith of speed and power. The youth just might forget about Larry Csonka and start tossing iron in earnest.
As a member of the U.S. weight-lifting team that competed in Cuba I would like to air a few sentiments.
The group of four U.S. athletes who failed to total in the competition lost more than $1,300 in wages, spent a lot of time away from families and ruined every summer weekend in order to prepare for and take part in the world championships. I am sure that I speak for each "bomber" when I say that I am enraged at being referred to by Bob Hoffman as a "louse" and "bum"—categorically or otherwise—in reward for my efforts.
East Lansing, Mich.
Robert Boyle's coverage of the World Weightlifting Championships in Havana was excellent. I felt as if I had personally been at the meet. Of even more importance was the fact that Boyle put his finger on some of the problems our American lifters are facing. Maybe Bob Hoffman is attacking the wrong elements in our poor showing. Hoffman had better question his priorities—Jacob Stefan's long hair or better U.S. coaching and technology.
HARLAN L. STEINLE
Congratulations to Jerry Kirshenbaum on a fine article about Jerry Lucas (Eeginnprst Ejrry Aclsu, Oct. 8). Lucas has a style of his own—on and off the court. Last season my brothers and I counted as Luke hit 17 shots in a row in warmups before a game with the Bullets. The incredible thing is they all were in the 25- to 35-foot range. If I owned a franchise, Luke would be one of the first players I would try to get.
It koot em a ehilw ot efgiru it otu, btu I got it. Eht first dorw in Eeginnprst Ejrry Aclsu is "Presenting."
Aeerrstv City, Chim.
Dr. George Sheehan (SCORECARD, Oct. 1) takes issue with the "no second wind" theorists, and rightly so. Dr. Tom Cureton, physiologist at the University of Illinois and father of the Run for Your Life program, has explained exactly how it operates. The heart works to push blood through arteries to the meta-arterioles and capillary beds in the working muscles. The pressure against which the heart pushes is called "peripheral resistance." Once the body heats up thoroughly, and the adrenaline starts flowing, the capillaries and small vessels dilate, and it takes less work for the heart to push more blood along. The heart now does the same work with less effort, thus you have "second wind."
NO FISH (CONT.)
Thanks to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and in particular to Robert H. Boyle for his fine article At the Rate We're Going, Goodby Fish (Sept. 24). I can speak only for the section of the story with which I am intimately versed, and that is the California Water Project. But if all the material in Boyle's article is as accurate as his reporting on the California Water Project, then he deserves an award of merit.