I played two years of club football (the club folded in my senior year) at Queens College, Flushing, N.Y., and most of the team played injured. The reason was not a lack of conditioning but a lack of players. Half the squad did not leave the field. But the questions remain: Why did we play, and why did we play hurt? The answers are that we loved the game and fully understood the chances we took. Where else could students at a commuter school like ours gain the same sense of brotherhood and the feeling of helping one another? We received a lot of lumps, but to us it was worth it. It also was a lot of fun.
GEORGE J. CICHY
Folks down here Schuyler County way shore do owe Mr. Robert F. Jones one heap o' gratitude (A Mix of Cool and Cornpone, Oct. 6). Thanks to him, all us farm folk are now educated; had to spend the whole Granpree weekend leafin' through the pages of Mr. Webster's tome.
We now know, and it's as clear as the aroma from the chicken barn on a hot, wet morning, that this here Mr. Jones is the epitome of one intoxicated with the exuberance of his own verbosity. Yessirree, Bob!
Incidentally, the rain didn't hurt the rhubarb. It's already been canned.
ALBERT D. RONDINARO
JACQUELINE P. RONDINARO
I don't know how many U.S. Grand Prix races Robert Jones or Arnold Roth have been to, but they sure captured the mood. The article was one of the most enlightening and truthful about Watkins Glen that I have ever read. Also, being from the area, I would like to advise Mr. Jones to watch his driving far more closely in Millport than in Horse-heads.
As a Tennessee alumnus and longtime football follower, I was offended that you would use a phrase like "believe it or not" in conjunction with the Vols' achievement as the winningest football team in the last 50 years (SCORECARD, Oct. 6). Most football fans are aware that General Robert Neyland built one of the best records of any college coach during a career that spanned four decades in Knoxville. I would add that in the last 10 years the Vols have finished in the Top 10 more times than not.
The Vols are a very consistent team. What caused disbelief on my part was SI's failure to rank them in the preseason Top 20.
EDWARD C. GEORGE