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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
Edited by Gay Flood
November 26, 1984
REVITALIZING THE NFL Sir: Paul Zimmerman hit the nail right on the head with Dr. Z's R To Revive The NFL (Nov. 12). It seems that the NFL game has become another victim of high-tech standardization in the '80s. The aura of pro football today is one of machinelike organizations performing on a synthetic field of conformity and non-emotion. What happened to Billy (White Shoes) Johnson's TD dance and Butch Johnson's California Quake? Where are the Otis Taylors and Paul Warfields, who could have had their uniforms ripped off and still would have made the catch? And what about Dick Butkus and Bob Lilly? Do you think anyone ever told them it was too cold to play outside? And get rid of the "in the grasp" rule that's supposed to protect the quarterback. Roger Staubach made some of his best passes from two inches off the ground.
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November 26, 1984

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Sure, I'm the founder of the USFL, but today I have no connection whatever with my former associates. I'm just a football fan who is truly alarmed over the results of lack of management by the NFL, the USFL and the NCAA, all of whose games are much too long.
DAVID F. DIXON
New Orleans

Sir:
Although I agree with most of Paul Zimmerman's suggestions, I believe he omitted two crucial changes: First, eliminate zone defenses and bring back the dekes-and-streaks; and. second, eliminate regular-season play between the two conferences. Football was never more exciting than when the AFL took on the NFL.
GARY D. CLARK
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

COACH BROWN
Sir:
As a pastor, I subscribe to a couple of dozen magazines and periodicals, all designed to keep me in touch with the realities of the world in which we live and our human condition. One of those magazines is SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. I am consistently impressed not only with the pictures and stats in SI, but also with the writing, which touches the heart and the mind.

I was particularly taken with the article on Larry Brown written by Gary Smith ("Where You Gonna Be Next Year, Larry?" Nov. 12). My congratulations to Smith on the insight of this article, not only for what it revealed about Brown, but also for what it reveals about all of us.
THE REV. JAMES E. LONG JR.
Pastor
Beulah United Presbyterian Church
Pittsburgh

Sir:
"Where you gonna be next year, Larry?" The answer is obvious. He's going to open a travel agency with Lou Saban. Minority partners will include Chuck Fairbanks and Billy Martin.
MICHAEL C. BRAND
Jackson, Miss.

LETTER ABOUT AN EDITOR
Sir:
While most of the letters to 19TH HOLE concern articles written about sports personalities or events, I'd like to stray from that path. Instead, I'd like to say thanks for all the good things that former managing editor Gilbert Rogin contributed to the magazine during his tenure at SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. He was right in stating, "People often begin reading it when they're very young and continue to do so into adulthood" (LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER, NOV. 12). I started reading SI as a youngster, and because of the talents of men like Rogin, I'll continue to read it into my old age.

Good luck in your new endeavor, Mr. Rogin. You'll be missed.
WILLIAM S. HENRY
Gastonia, N.C.

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