If Monte Towe can look that good against the defending national champions, think how well the rest of us watch-charm guards should be doing against the 6'2" slobs down at the gym.
Some months ago SI printed a poignant article about Major Murphy Neal Jones, former Tulane University football player, former North Vietnamese POW for 6� years (Opal Two Comes Back, April 23). In the story Major Jones commented that his wife sent him the results of the Tulane-LSU football series during his tenure at the "Hanoi Hilton" and that spirited competition and wagering took place with an LSU supporter regarding the outcome of the then one-sided contests. Major Jones said he expected Tulane to defeat LSU in 1973.
Before 85,598 fans on Dec. 1, the largest attendance ever at a football game in the South, Tulane defeated LSU 14-0, ending 24 years of frustration.
President Herbert Longenecker of Tulane had a special guest at the game: Major Murphy Neal Jones. After Tulane's clear-cut victory, Major Jones was ecstatic. But he would not enter TU's dressing room, as he feared a shower and he had not brought extra clothes.
I thought I would pass on this story to you, since very few of the things we read today have as happy an ending. Or maybe a beginning, if you are a Tulane fan.
DONALD L. LEVY
Congratulations to Robert Cantwell for illuminating with such grace and perspicacity the sportive side of Marcel Proust (Bright Threads in His Tapestry, Dec. 17). How delightful when a piece ostensibly on sport can so transcend the realm of reportage and become, moreover, a work of art. And how equally delightful to discover that sports are not simply for the hairy bruisers or the massive troglodytes, but for us effete intellectual snobs as well. Hounds, anyone?
I am especially pleased and thrilled to offer my congratulations, compliments and thanks for your fine Proust selection. It was like seeing Katharine Hepburn star in the local follies. Of course, there really isn't enough sport in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED as it is—but that's all right. Please be assured that I enjoy, appreciate and am grateful for what sport there is.
CARL G. CROYDER
Bantam Books wishes that SI's William Johnson had found space at the close of his two-part series on sport in China (An Eager People in the Swim, Oct. 1) to mention that the quotations from Mao Tse-tung's poem Swimming were taken from the new English-language translations of Mao's poems (Bantam, New York, 1972). Yet the translator, Willis Barnstone of Indiana University, and Bantam Books are glad that SPORTS ILLUSTRATED chose to close the fine series with the lines it did.
New York City
I have just finished reading your articles on the Caribbean (Dec. 24) and I cannot believe that you have overlooked the island of Cuba.
Perhaps you cannot photograph some of the Cuban athletes of today, but you can mention those who are playing professional baseball in the United States, or have you forgotten Tony Oliva, Bert Campaneris (my choice for MVP in the World Series) and others who in the past have contributed so much to the U.S. sports world.