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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
Edited by Gay Flood
October 21, 1985
DEALING WITH CHEATERSSir:Thank you for your no-holds-barred report on the recent scandals in the Southwest Conference (Deception In The Heart Of Texas, Sept. 30). Your 10-point Plan For Cleaning Up College Sports would, if implemented, go a long way toward preventing the abuses we have been witnessing. I believe there is one other action that SI itself could take: Refuse to list any team that is on probation in the SI Top 20. Somehow the sting of your reporting on SMU's wrongdoing is lessened when in FOOTBALL'S WEEK of the same issue you list that school as the second best in the nation.JOHN NAGLE Ann Arbor, Mich.
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October 21, 1985

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Sir:
I am sending you the ashes of the four pages dealing with the so-called demise of the Redskins so that E.M. Swift can more easily eat his words when the Skins make the playoffs at the end of this season. (Thump!) I'm sure Swift won't mind swallowing ashes, because his writing was pure garbage. (Thump! Thump!)
CHRISTOPH HITTMAIR
Bethesda, Md.

WOES OF ANOTHER JOE
Sir:
William Taaffe's Oct. 7 TV/RADIO column expressed what many of us Monday Night Football addicts have felt all season. It has gotten to the point where we turn down the volume and just watch the game. The best thing about Monday Night Football has become the "You Make The Call" segment. Joe Namath and O.J. Simpson show an amazing grasp of the utterly obvious. Wise up, ABC. Can O.J. and Joe and bring back Dandy Don Meredith and Howard Cosell. At least they made sense!
T. HENDRIX
Boone, N.C.

Sir:
The article was good, but the omission of Howard Cosell's name was glaring. Don Meredith is missed, but, like him or not, Howard made the show!
MCGINNIS E. HATFIELD JR.
Princeton, W.Va.

Sir:
Maybe one of Joe Willie's "problems" is that he comments on the game in much the same way he played it: extemporaneously. His talent often obviated the need for intricately concocted pass patterns and highly detailed strategies. Is it possible that other broadcast analysts inject complexities into the game that don't always exist? On a gridiron strewn with blood, sweat and confusion, perhaps Joe really preferred the receiver who "found a dead spot in the zone and pulled up for the reception."
PETER GABELE
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Sir:
Regarding the diatribe against Joe Namath and Monday Night Football: Don't look a gift horse in the mouth! Count your blessings instead. It wasn't too far back that we had Humble Howard on the show. We have come a long way!
WOODROW W. HARTSOCK
Bluefield, Va.

NOT FOR NAUGHT
Sir:
After coming home from losing three sets of tennis today, I sat down to rub my aching limbs and picked up my son Tom's copy of your Oct. 7 issue. Don't let Todd Taylor get away! Tears rolled down my cheeks as I read his hilarious FIRST PERSON account of his hapless Harnett Central High football experiences. It is even more amazing that this humorous and well-written piece could have come from someone still suiting up at the high school level. I can't wait for Tom to get home from football practice to read it. His high school team is 1-5 so far this season, and the future looks bleak. Please let us know how the Trojans are doing now.
GREENIE MCKEE
Memphis

?They are 1-5, having ended their losing streak last Friday by beating Southern Durham (N.C.) 24-14.—ED.

TRUE FAN
Sir:
After looking at the photo of Jack Lambert on your July 30, 1984 cover, my husband was inspired to snap this picture of our 7-year-old son, Kevin, a true Lambert fan. I thought you might enjoy seeing it.
ANN MARIE BRAMWELL
Edgewood, Md.

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