Congratulations to Dan Jenkins on his fantastic article, but there is one point I think he missed. "Sonny" doesn't fit. It ought to be "Gramps."
No. 9 has not had a "bumpy career." He's had an incredible career on teams with bumpy defenses, part-time pass-blocking and nonexistent running games. Sonny doesn't like "to win 41-40, throwing 50 passes." He has had to win 41-40 or lose—that is, until now.
Despite his shoulder, his heel, his knee and his coach, Jurgensen has managed to start and play through 10 games for the George Allen Redskins, four of them pressure contests against the Cowboys and world champion Dolphins. His age and the rust attendant upon his coming in cold in the middle of the season notwithstanding, Jurgensen has turned eight of those games into Washington victories. Did teams led by the young Bart Starr, John Unitas or Len Dawson, who played most of their careers with solid support, do better?
EDWARD C. APPEL
In the Oct. 28 SCORECARD your opening item "Halls of Shame" implied that St. Xavier High School had such a hall. In the original article by Jim Bolus and Larry Barnes in the Courier-Journal we stated that the incident referred to was an isolated one that did not reflect school policy. This was not included in your article. Nor did you mention that both the coach and I apologized for the action.
Unfortunately, a coach who usually evinces great respect for his students made a mistake. I think it is a disservice to the school and to athletics if an isolated error by a teacher or coach becomes grounds for such publicity.
BROTHER JOHN WILLS, CFX
St. Xavier High School
Having viewed 26 Oakland home games from the left-field bleachers, I want to compliment Ron Fimrite on his valid characterization of the A's as clowns. In Shakespeare's comedies and tragedies the clowns are universally respected as the only gents who consistently see, speak and act upon the truth. With three consecutive world championships, the clowns in Oakland must also have a corner on something.
The item "Confusion in the Crease" (SCORECARD, Oct. 14) carried an erroneous and totally misleading statement that we at Hockey Night in Canada feel should be brought to your attention and publicly corrected. It stated in part that TV's commercial insertion requirements influenced the NHL to reject the "speed-up" rules tested experimentally during the NHL's recent exhibition season. Not so.
While we have no authorization to speak on behalf of NBC, it is a fact that HNIC and NBC have been (and continue to be) vigorous lobbyists for changes that would significantly reduce the total amount of time required to play a game, and this attitude is shared by the various TV independents who carry NHL, games on a local basis in the United States.
In three preseason test runs of games played in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, HNIC had no difficulty whatsoever inserting commercials under the experimental rules, and each of these games was played in less than two hours and 15 minutes.
To the best of our knowledge, the decision not to implement the rules changes was not influenced in any way by either the networks or the independents. Any changes that will speed up play and at the same time reduce total telecast time would be beneficial both in terms of increased viewer interest and reduced network costs. We assure you, we're for both.