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January 28, 1974
PICKS AND POKESSirs:I enjoyed your two articles previewing the Super Bowl (Doing It by the Numbers and You Can't Program the Human Element, Jan. 14) and must congratulate you on your fine picture portfolio. But for the second time in a row (last year it was Washington by 10) Tex Maule has chosen the wrong team. You would think that he would have learned by watching the Miami Dolphins that they are the superior team. I have nothing against his articles, but it seems only obvious that Miami is the best team to come along in a long, long while (the Dolphins are better than the Packers).JEFF VACAFair Oaks, Calif.
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January 28, 1974

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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It seems someone forgot to tell you that Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Alabama are not the only 1973 college powers that are going to be young and talented in 1974. The Rose Bowl not only showed everyone Ohio State's backfield of three sophomores and one freshman, but John Hicks and Randy Gradishar are the only major losses for the 1974 season.

As for trying to figure out what you mean when you say "the Irish appear a better team than Ohio State if only because they are more well-rounded. Oklahoma comes closer to Notre Dame's completeness"—well, we'll never know. But considering you picked Texas for No. 1 in your preseason scouting reports (Sept. 14), I begin to understand your logic.
Lewisburg, Pa.

The contrast depicted by your two fine articles The Man Who Loved Cat Killing and A Mountain with a Wolf on It Stands a Little Taller (Jan. 14) is both striking and disheartening. Glynn Riley is deserving of praise and admiration for his efforts to preserve and protect the red wolf, yet another of our precious endangered species. I can only hope that the Glynn Rileys of the world will not find that their efforts have been rendered fruitless by the type of inappropriate actions characterized by the case of C. J. Prock. That an individual guilty of such distasteful and distinctly inhumane acts should escape with a paltry fine is unthinkable. It now seems that the courts, which have done such a lackluster job of protecting the rights of the people, have performed likewise with respect to affording protection for those animals that we have pushed, in the name of progress, to the brink of extinction.

I trust that Judge J. Blaine Anderson will stand up and be counted when the last, lone jaguar passes from this earth, taking with it those genes that we failed to protect and for which nature does not afford a second chance.

The Man Who Loved Cat Killing reflects the true frustration that many law officers and game rangers find in carrying out the duties of their job. Early last fall three game rangers in my district answered calls from concerned citizens about deer poaching in southeastern Oklahoma. After spending four nights on a stakeout, the rangers finally caught the game hog. Their efforts were "rewarded" when a judge handed out a verdict that amounted to $5 court costs and a $25 fine. In this instance, too, it is hard to say that justice was carried out to the full extent of the law.
Third District ( Oklahoma)
Wildlife Commissioner
Oklahoma City

I am shocked and horrified at the fact that our judicial system would allow a man like Curtis Jackson Prock to go free with a minimum fine. In such a cut-and-dried criminal case it appears that there was an offense committed not only by Prock but also by Judge J. Blaine Anderson, who in effect sanctioned this injustice by imposing such, a frivolous penalty—even though he was aware that it was Prock's second offense of this type.

The smell of a "week-old wolf carcass" extends not only to the men who would kill an endangered species, whatever the price, but to Judge Anderson, who would not do everything in his power to prevent such a thing from happening again. It seems tragic and ironic indeed that Judge Anderson occupies a position in the federal judicial system equivalent to that of Judge John J. Sirica.
University of Virginia
Law Wives Ecology Group
Charlottesville, Va.

Give Robert F. Jones a prize for guts. None of the characters he wrote about had any. With a judge like Anderson, no wonder we have too much crime. Prock should have seen the business end of a New Mexico jail a long time ago.
West Hartford, Conn.

As a defender of the Canadian and American wolf, I was very pleased to read your article about the red wolf. If we are to save the wolf we must have more articles such as this one to educate the people. I was upset to read one thing, though. Glynn Riley tells about killing all those coyotes. If that attitude persists, the coyote will disappear from the earth forever, too.
Lynnwood, Wash.

I read with complete disgust your paragraph in SCORECARD (Dec. 24) suggesting the elimination of the goalkeeper from soccer. Such a change would require a major reconstruction of the rules of the sport. Firstly, in order to prevent ridiculously high scores and the possibility of strong kickers scoring empty-net goals, the field would have to be lengthened substantially. Secondly, the off-sides rule would have to be changed in order to prevent too many breakaways, now handled by the goalkeeper. Thirdly, some sort of complex rule change would be necessary to compensate for the penalty kick. Also, in conjunction with lengthening of the field, greater substitution or shorter periods would be essential to enable a team to last the entire game.

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