As an avid sportsman—hunter—and conservationist, I commend Robert Sullivan on his special report (The Torrent of Death, Oct. 15). The investigative work he did was amazing. I applaud SI's view that the wilderness and all within it are just as important, if not more important, than a large power company's operations. The last few sentences of that article left a picture in my mind that will remain for quite a while.
JAMES A. DEMARCO
Once again SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has proved itself a leader. Robert Sullivan's writing and Dan Budnick's photographs made a magnificent special report.
As a civil and environmental engineering major at Clarkson University, I have studied many engineering projects, including several hydroelectric plants. I believe Hydro-Quebec should be made liable for all cleanup costs. As professionals, Hydro-Quebec's experts should have been responsible enough to research the possible effects of the project on the environment and not have been so oblivious to the caribou migration. Has Hydro-Quebec taken a step forward in hydroelectric power production? Perhaps it has. However, it has also taken two much larger backward steps in terms of the environment.
JAMES M. FRASER
Before I even finish reading the article on the drowning of 10,000 migrating caribou, I must ask: How could this terrible tragedy occur? And if you people were able to photograph these poor stranded animals, why couldn't someone help them?
Douglas S. Looney's account of Alabama's travail under coach Ray Perkins (It's Ebb Tide, and the Fans Are Restless, Oct. 15) may be the first article ever to foster & feeling of camaraderie between Alabama and Notre Dame fans. As you may have heard, there's another formerly great football program that has become a sad joke, and like our crimson-clad counterparts, we Irish partisans are not amused.
As one who attended the 1973 Sugar Bowl game and watched the Irish edge the Tide for the national championship. I look forward to a rematch someday. To that end I say: Jerk the Perk and oust Faust!
ROBERT J. TRIZNA
Bear Bryant didn't ask Ray Perkins to come home to win a popularity contest, but rather to restore an already decaying football program. Given ample time, Perkins will win—and win big. The so-called Jerk the Perk Fan Club mentioned in your article is obviously made up of Auburn people. In fact, the only jerk is Birmingham sports columnist Paul Finebaum.
BILLY RAY MOORE
What's all this fuss over the Crimson Tide's slow start? One bad start since 1957? Times are a-changing. No longer will the Alabamas, Notre Dames, Nebraskas and USCs dominate college football the way they have for so many years. These powers can no longer hoard scholarship players as they did in the past. The NCAA has put a cap (95) on their numbers. What this eventually will achieve is parity among the 1-A college football teams.
SPORTS AND MONEY
John Underwood's article on the University of Florida Gators (Partly Cloudy Week in the Sunshine State, Sept. 10) was right on the mark. The efforts of the university to achieve excellence in academics and athletics hit a snag with coach Charley Pell and his gang.
Of more concern is the insidious argument advanced by some that big sports promote heavy donations to a university. Of the 22 most heavily endowed colleges in the country, only three are engaged in big sports programs—Texas, Stanford and Notre Dame—and the Texas money comes from oil. The other 19, with some $15 billion in endowments, are considered the wimps of college athletics—Harvard, other Ivy League schools, Chicago, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern and, in the South, schools like Rice and Emory. Six of the 19 do not even field teams.