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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
June 05, 1978
SEX RATEDSir:I read your May 22 article (Gimme an 'S,' Gimme an 'E,' Gimme...) on the NFL cheerleader craze with great interest.
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June 05, 1978

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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SEX RATED
Sir:
I read your May 22 article (Gimme an 'S,' Gimme an 'E,' Gimme...) on the NFL cheerleader craze with great interest.

Particularly intriguing was Suzanne Mitchell, who replied to Staff Writer Bruce Newman with the following gem: "Obviously we don't put the girls in those uniforms to hide anything. Sports has always had a very clean, almost Puritanical aspect about it, but by the same token, sex is a very important part of our lives. What we've done is combine the two."

Why is "Puritanical" football lacking something? What's wrong with keeping sex between lovers and keeping an NFL football game between teams of athletes? Must we now endure this kind of "sex" through the medium of professional football? I mean, enough is enough.

Cosmeticians tell us how to look sexy, the commercial "brains" crank out daily doses of "Be sexy with this toothpaste, that hair spray or this perfume." And now, during what is presumably athletic competition, NFL management plans to bombard us with bouncing busts, bare bellies and lanky legs. Hey, I've got a helluva suggestion. Why don't we create a professional football league?
LARRY MOCK
Cupertino, Calif.

Sir:
I was one of the 1,500 who applied to be a Chicago Honey Bear, and was immediately rejected because I am not a professional dancer. I guess it's irrelevant that I'm a lifelong Bear fan and don't have to be told when to cheer. I have paid my way into Soldiers Field to cheer for my team in all kinds of weather, so I don't understand why the cheerleaders should complain of "low pay."
GINGER RAPSUS
Chicago

?According to Corinne Nierman, general manager of the Honey Bears, applicants don't have to be professional dancers, but it helps. Cheerleading experience, personal appearance and size also count.—ED.

Sir:
I have decided to change my college major from physical education to journalism. In that way I can cover this new sport from the bottom up. Thanks a million.
ALEX B. BELL
Birmingham

Sir:
I have always doubted the validity of mixing sex with sports, but I changed my mind after seeing the picture of those NFL cheerleading contestants. Contestant No. 14 showed me better moves and more fluid motion than Tony Dorsett! How did she fare?
S.C. TENTONI
West Allis, Wis.

?No. 14, Shannon Baker of SMU, made the team for the third time.—ED.

Sir:
Why is there such an uproar over the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders? The answer is simple. Tex Schramm's team is so good that the fans need something to sustain their interest during the second half of each week's game.
BRUCE BERNSTEIN
Boston

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