The BASS Masters Classic (Hawg Hunt for the Bass Masters, Nov. 5) epitomizes all the things fishing isn't. Overpowered, over-equipped boats roar into the dawn carrying lure and tackle promoters out to rape and plunder another lake. You would be better served featuring articles condemning the commercial pollution of a great sport rather than glorifying this abomination.
Convent Station, N.J.
As a Canadian and a fan of all football—college, NFL and CFL—I was pleased to see that you acknowledged the CFL and one of its outstanding players for the second time this season with your story on Johnny Rodgers (All That's Been Fractured Is His French, Oct. 22).
However, I would like to make some points in defense of the CFL rules for punts—rules that were criticized by Montreal Coach Marv Levy in the story. Since coming to Canada last spring, Levy has criticized the CFL kicking game for being dull compared to the American game.
While I agree that blocking on punt returns would add more excitement to the Canadian game, I hope the CFL will never adopt such exciting items as the fair catch or touchback, or allow half a dozen 250-pound men to prance and huddle around a football, as they watch it roll dead. Some excitement! Certainly even a six-yard punt return in the CFL is more exciting than a fair catch, and watching a punter rush down-field in an attempt to recover his own short punt is more exciting than watching the ball roll dead.
Admittedly, punting the ball out of bounds inside the opponent's 10-yard line is somewhat of an art. But it is, for the most part, a lost art. Canadian fans would much rather watch a team attempting to run a kickoff, a wide field-goal attempt or a punt out of the end zone to prevent giving up a single point than have the "thrill" of watching a touch-back. And the single-point score adds a tremendous variety to the scoring methods and greater interest for the fans.
When it comes to improving rules regarding the kicking game in football, the NFL can do far more by copying the CFL than the CFL can by adopting U.S. rules.
Although I am a Volunteer fan, I thoroughly enjoyed your coverage of the Tennessee-Alabama game (Sorry, but Alabama Had to Run, Oct. 29). Your remarks about Condredge Holloway are justly deserved. He was superb as he brought Tennessee from behind to a 21-21 tie. He has done this sort of thing many times this season for the Volunteers, and even though in the end his presence could not offset Alabama's strong Wishbone offense, I think he is a true All-America.
Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Your article aptly described the exciting Tennessee-Alabama clash, but I must comment on your picture captioned "A Tennessee view of Alabama's go-ahead touchdown." From my vantage point, it looks like the six-pointer scored by the indescribable Condredge Holloway of Tennessee (note the lone orange-and-white jersey bearing No. 7 partially hidden in the picture).
Coaches and players over the past season and a half have been trying to devise a way to catch Condredge, and it appears that SI missed him, too.