THE REPUS BOWL
Steve Wulf turned a yawner of a pro football game into a truly "repus" article (A Clash of Turkeys, Dec. 5). His subtle wit had me laughing out loud. A rare but pleasurable reading experience.
Thanks to Steve Wulf for the funniest article about pro football I've ever read. He captured the flavor of the pathetic performances the Oilers and Buccaneers have given their fans all year long..ekoj a tsuj saw emag ehT
HOLMES VS. YOUNG FRAZIER
That was a marvelous piece by Pat Putnam on the Larry Holmes-Marvis Frazier mismatch (No Chip off the Old Block, Dec. 5). Putnam's account was short and to the point, as was the fight. I think Holmes should have delivered a right cross to the jaw of Joe Frazier for Frazier's utter lack of regard for his son's inexperience.
I enjoyed Dan Jenkins' article on The Skins Game (No Skinsflints Around Here, For Sure, Dec. 5). I can appreciate the skills of the professional golfers involved, but what's the big deal—four guys getting together and playing for $360,000 of someone else's money! Let four top golfers put up $90,000 each and then go at it. That would be an interesting match!
RICHARD A. CHARD
Huntington Beach, Calif.
To me, The Skins Game was one of the worst things to happen to the game of golf in all of its honorable history. This was greed in capital letters, not sport.
WILLIAM M. REILLY JR.
Dan Jenkins described the action to a tee. However, he would have a hard time picking up a game in our foursome if he maintains that "an invocation of the Rules of Golf in a skins game seems almost funny. Everyone knows in a real skins game anything goes, including roots." Dan would be the first to go. Golfers never lie; they play it as it lies.
I am a charter subscriber, and over the years I have had letters published in SI with good results. In 1962 (19TH HOLE, May 28, 1962) I advocated padding outfield walls in major league baseball parks. Shortly afterward cushioning began to appear on the walls of parks in both leagues. Today all outfields in the majors have this safety feature.
Then in 1963, citing Howard (Hopalong) Cassady, who a few years before had turned his head to catch a touchdown pass and crashed into a goalpost planted right on the goal line, I sent a message and drawing (19TH HOLE, Jan. 28, 1963) advocating that goalposts be placed beyond the end zone and that the crossbar and uprights be cantilevered out over the goal line. I also recommended coating the crossbar and uprights with transmission grease to prevent fanatics from climbing them and tearing them down. We soon had a version of the new goalposts. However, my third suggestion has yet to take hold. If the goalposts in the Yale Bowl had been "buttered," Harvard freshman Margaret Cimino (SCORECARD, Nov. 28) most likely would not have been injured.
AUSTIN C. DALEY
I find it sad that your editorial on the tearing down of goalposts came only after Margaret Cimino was hurt. Miss Cimino's condition was described as critical at the time. Please tell us how she is now.
Mountlake Terrace, Wash.
?Cimino was moved last week from a New Haven hospital to the Westchester County Medical Center, near her home in North Tarrytown, N.Y. Officials said Cimino's condition has been upgraded to fair, but she still suffers from paralysis on her left side and on parts of her right.—ED.