Some comments on Tex Maule's article (In It Just for Kicks, Nov. 5): Should not George Blanda be included among the not-so-helpless kickers? In the proximate past, as backup quarterback he has passed as well as kicked the Raiders to victory. And since the goalposts have no purpose other than to indicate the success of PAT and field-goal attempts, I am surprised Mr. Maule did not focus more on them. If the number of field goals being scored is truly a matter for concern, why not reduce the target area by moving the goalposts closer together, or providing an upper and a lower crossbar supporting a net and require that the kicked ball enter the net?
REAR ADMIRAL E. H. BATCHELLER,
I agree that the idea of more points the longer the held goal is ridiculous. Every team would work to get to the 40, then kick. The scoring should be just the opposite. From outside the 40, one point. From the 20 to 40, two points. From inside the 20, three or four points. This would give teams incentive to try to get closer rather than kick the automatic field goal any time they get inside the 50.
RICHARD D. HUNT
Palm Springs, Calif.
Why not make a touchdown worth nine or 12 points plus the extra point, thus bettering three or four field goals.
ROBERT A. SHAFER
Tex Maule is right. Football is getting boring because of a lack of touchdowns, but the fat cats will say the lack of attendance at games is because of the blackout. They won't learn.
JUDD CRYSMORE II
Kew Gardens, N.Y.
Why not remove the talented toe from scoring altogether? Eliminate field goals and kicked PATs completely.
RICHARD A. TREMBLAY
The NFL could help solve the field-goal problem by putting to use NBA-ABA cast-offs. It is perfectly legal to block an attempt, but it is seldom done. If a few more players were allowed on a squad, a team could place three 6'9" leapers on the goal line ready to bat away those 45-yard attempts that barely clear the crossbar.
Here is the answer to your field-goal problem. Limit the number of field goals each team can attempt each half, perhaps only two.
Imagine all the new strategy that this rule would bring about. For example, suppose a team takes the opening kickoff and marches down the field but gets bogged down on the 17-yard line and has fourth and two. Should it use up one field-goal attempt now or should it save it for later in the half? And why not make it a five-yard penalty on the kickoff if the ball lands in the end zone?
KEVIN G. GOUGH
If professional football is really concerned about the lack of touchdowns being scored and the excess of field goals, there is a way to change it, a simple rule that would read: The offensive team can try a field goal on any down but fourth. With third down and less than three inside the opponent's 30-yard line, the fan would get to know what team is playing for keeps and what team is playing on a hope and a prayer.
Having established the NCAA record for percentage of points after touchdown made in 1948 (22 for 22) while playing for Yale, I feel qualified to state my opinion. I agree completely there is too much emphasis on field-goal kicking and steps should definitely be taken to put that particular skill in perspective.
WILLIAM A. BOOE