How dare you say that Carl Yastrzemski is too old to run around in Royals Stadium (True Tests of Talent, Oct. 3). His accomplishments this year again prove he can keep up with any "youngster": a near-.300 average all year long, 102 RBIs and 28 home runs. His play in the outfield, not to mention his performance at first base, has been masterful throughout his 17-year career. And Yaz has only just begun!
In a short and almost poetic way Michael Baughman (He Did Not Co Gentle, Oct. 3) describes the joys of hunting, an endeavor that is unequaled in its value to the body and to the soul.
It is unfortunate that vicious individuals like the ones described at the end of the article cannot be better policed. However, the true sportsman is becoming more aware of their abuses and is making every effort to control and report such behavior.
ANGELO A. DeVAGNO
If all hunters practiced the ethics of the old man, there would be very little anti-hunting sentiment. But as long as the beautiful fall woods remain full of beer cans, crippled birds and fools who take easy shots, as well as dangerously casual ones, my hikes will be curtailed and my anti-hunting stance will continue.
KAY S. VAN WOERT
TOO SUDDEN DEATH
I have just finished viewing another sudden-death football playoff and am convinced that while a winner is produced it is certainly not done in a fair way.
Two teams work hard all week. High-salaried men are injured. Other high-salaried men undergo many hours of mental stress and strategy conferences. Many officials are involved, as are thousands of fans. There is TV and radio coverage. Blimps float overhead. Wives are divorced from their husbands. And what happens when the game ends in a tie? A coin is tossed, the lucky team is given the ball, and three minutes later a man whose only talent is to kick a ball far and straight ends the game from 40 yards out. The lucky team (that's the one that won the coin toss) can now go on to who knows what, maybe even the Super Bowl and untold riches.
Why not give the other team the ball, too, and let it try to score. If it fails, then the game is over.
Or eliminate the field goal in sudden-death overtime. Make a team score six points in order to settle the issue.
Or, instead of a coin toss, drop the ball from the blimp over the 50-yard line and allow the team that recovers the ball to proceed from that point. Crazy? Yes, but certainly fair to both teams.
I still prefer to let the tie score stand and award each team half a point. If neither team can beat the other in the allotted one hour of regulation play, then neither deserves a "flip of a coin" victory.
CARL J. RACH