How can SPORTS ILLUSTRATED glamorize the killing of a deer from the comfort of a perch one mile away? Your next article will probably tell us about the heroic exploits of a big-game hunter in a Learjet equipped with air-to-air missiles engaged in a deadly dogfight with mallard ducks.
WILLIAM J. BURKHARDT
I'm really sorry to hear of someone calling himself a sportsman when all he has to do is sit on a hillside and wait for a deer to appear so he can shoot it. Thank goodness fewer than 1% of U.S. hunters engage in such activities. A vast majority of hunters are willing to pit their skill against an animal's instinct and at least make a sport of it.
It must be quite a contest, downing a deer at a mile with a highly sophisticated weapon perched atop a table. Perhaps Mr. Miller could fathom a way to set up a howitzer at his living-room window, thereby eliminating the need to ever venture forth into the outdoor world.
East Windsor, N.J.
Here is the perfect solution: put Herb Miller in the Louisiana marshes armed with a stiletto, a .357 magnum, a blowgun, or even a howitzer, if you please, but preferably at night. With luck Miller will not only decrease the growing reptile population (Getting Swamped by 'Gators, Jan. 20) but will have ample opportunity to prove what a great competitor he truly is.
CARL LAMBEIN JR.
Please. In the future if you have no better article than this one, leave a blank page.
BRENT A. WESTLUND
Dr. George Sheehan (SCORECARD, Jan. 6) is absolutely correct when he says sweat is odorless. However, that does not mean "the Saturday night bath is ablution enough." One estimate of the number of bacteria per square centimeter in the armpit is 2.4 million. Merely rubbing down with a towel after a workout is not going to remove all the bacteria and prevent the malodorous condition that has enriched the coffers of deodorant manufacturers. Unless Dr. Sheehan is anosmic, he can verify this by going into any of many locker rooms that have sweat-soaked clothes or towels lying around.
The running physician says showers are "time-consuming" and that they can "lead to a chill and complications." Running, football, basketball, soccer, etc. are time-consuming and can lead to blisters, shin splints, twisted ankles and complications. So what? So shower.
Louis R. HUNDLEY
Professor of Biology
Virginia Military Institute