I fully expect that a "Bore War" has been touched off and that there will be a flood of epistles from irate runners, serving only to widen the yawn associated with the already burgeoning genre of Ennui Chic. I will now quickly conclude, lest I be accused of producing a "run-on" paragraph.
KEVIN J. MALLOY
Rochester, N. Y.
A Pulitzer, at least, for Frank Deford for shoving jogger bores into the pits where they belong.
As a St. Louis Cardinal fan living in enemy territory, I often hear rabid Cub fans heap abuse upon my team. Possibly the most reviled Cardinal of all has been Ted Simmons, which is not surprising, because Simmons has hit .356 lifetime in Wrigley Field. Thank you for helping to set the record straight on him (He's Some Piece of Work, June 5). Maybe your article will quiet the hecklers.
My only quibble is that you might have gone further than to say that Simmons is the equal of the Publicized Three—Johnny Bench, Thurmon Munson and Carlton Fisk. Conceivably Munson is in a class with Simmons, but neither Bench nor Fisk has been outstanding year in and year out. Can they claim, as Simmons can, that hitting .291 in a season means an off year? I had hoped you would point this out. Nevertheless, thank you for showing that a lack of publicity, not a lack of ability, is all that separates Simmons from the others.
Ted Simmons wears a Philadelphia Eagles T shirt because he likes underdogs, and "the Eagles need all the help they can get." Maybe Simmons should be wearing his own team's T shirt at home, because the Cards really can use some help.
In the article Bearing Up Under the Strain (June 5), Bil Gilbert states that bears have suffered from civilization, then condones the actions of people who feed bears suet, marsh-mallows and sweets. The problem of people feeding bears is common in our national parks. Here man is the intruder and is cautioned to keep at a safe distance from bears—and told never to feed them.
Gilbert also mentions the fact that many people in the Poconos are upset about the hunting of black bears but fails to mention that hunters have paid millions of dollars over the years toward wildlife conservation and game management.
A story from Pennsylvania "bear country" referring to the sad but necessary shooting of a semitame bear that had to be destroyed because it terrorized a neighborhood appeared in a local newspaper two days after I read Bil Gilbert's article. This is often the result when supposedly intelligent people insist upon treating wild animals like guests from Walt Disney Productions.
JOHN D. FRILING
BACK ON THE MAP
In his article Cornell Stayed Down on the Farm in your April 10 issue, Joe Marshall wrote, " Baltimore may still be the home of the oriole, Blaze Starr and crab cakes, but the capital of lacrosse has moved north to the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York."
In light of Johns Hopkins' 13-8 defeat of Cornell for the NCAA Division I championship (The Big Red Ended Up Red-Faced, June 5) and Roanoke's 14-13 victory over Hobart for the Division II-III title, I advise Marshall to get a new lacrosse map.