DRAWING THE LINE
Your article on Harvey Martin (A Shining Knight No More, Sept. 12) reveals that you're applying a double standard. You recently ran a two-part article on Darryl Stingley (Where Am I? It Has to Be a Bad Dream, Aug. 29 and Sept. 5) in which Stingley and Mark Mulvoy deplored the hit by Jack Tatum that permanently crippled Stingley. Now, in the Martin story, Gary Smith humorously relates how a blow of Martin's to the head of a rookie—in practice!—left the rookie unconscious for eight minutes.
In both cases, the intent would seem to be the same, the difference being the lack of permanent damage in one example. Was Tatum's hit worse than Martin's only because his caused irreparable injury? If Stingley had gotten up, and Tatum were still playing, is it possible you would be writing about the great Jack Tatum and what he once did to Stingley?
WILLIAM E. IBE
In the article The Power but No Glory (Sept. 19), Ricky Hunley of Arizona says, "I dream, I mean dream, of hitting a wide receiver in midair." Is what he is dreaming of the making of another Darryl Stingley?
GEORGE F. PLATTS
Ormond Beach, Fla.