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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
Edited by Gay Flood
December 19, 1977
HOT SHOTS BY THE NUMBERSSir: Kent Hannon's article An Idea That's Gotten Way Off the Ground (Nov. 28) on improved field-goal percentages in college basketball was read with great interest by the advanced placement physics class at Chats-worth (Calif.) High School. His analysis of the phenomenal shooting of today's player was appreciated by all. Unfortunately, if a player starts with Professor Enoch Durbin's range formula, the result will be an "air ball." The proper expression is
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December 19, 1977

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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KEEPING SCORE
Sir:
Your account of the Nebraska-Oklahoma contest (What a Way to Wind It Up, Dec. 5) contained an error that stabs deeply into Cornhusker hearts. It grieves us enough that our football team has not beaten the Sooners since the 1971 classic, but for SI to claim that under Coach Barry Switzer " Oklahoma has won by 14 points or more each time" the two teams have met is too much. Let me remind you that just last year Oklahoma had to score a last-minute touchdown to win 20-17.
BRET HARPSTER
Lincoln, Neb.

Sir:
The Fiesta Bowl is indeed ecstatic over landing Perm State. But the Nittany Lions are not our first Top Ten. 10-1 team as Pat Putnam states in his account of the Penn State-Pitt game.

In its six-year history the Fiesta has twice fielded 10-1 Arizona State teams (in 1971 and 1973), and in 1975 it topped all bowls in combined won-loss record when 11-0 and seventh-ranked Arizona State met 10-1 and fifth-ranked Nebraska. That's why we're not shy about calling the Fiesta " America's Fastest Growing Bowl Game."
JOHN REID
Executive Director
Fiesta Bowl
Phoenix, Ariz.

BOBBY HALPERN
Sir:
Lane Stewart's photograph of Bobby Halpern walking away from a KO'd Diego Roberson (Making a Comeback from Nowhere. Dec. 5) is SI's best boxing shot since Neil Leifer's photo of Muhammad Ali snarling at a supine Sonny Liston in Lewiston, Maine (No Phantom Punch, June 7, 1965). Both are pure art.
MARK GROSSMAN
Minneapolis

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