Crowder deserves Fairbanks' ego; Fairbanks deserves his losing football team; and the Flatirons Club deserves them both for financing and idolizing their kind. Thanks to Douglas S. Looney for his incisive article.
(MR.) LEE GREEN
In the name of college students everywhere, I pray that administrators will reassess the position of sports on their campuses and not allow high rollers, be they coaches or alumni, to dictate campus policy.
As for remedies for the nightmare in Boulder, I suggest that University of Colorado President Arnold Weber begin negotiations with the major networks to place the Colorado fiasco on TV as a soap. Assuming a lucrative contract and program residuals, the soap might net a million or so. Then the Buffs—and the TV season—could be saved.
THE JENKINS CASE
I agree with your criticism of Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn for his suspension of Ferguson Jenkins when Jenkins has only been accused, not convicted, of a crime (SCORECARD, Sept. 22). I believe, however, that you go too far when you suggest that Jenkins should not be fined or suspended by the commissioner should he be found guilty. A professional, whether he's an athlete, a lawyer or a whatever, not only has the same responsibility all citizens have to obey the law, but he also has a duty to protect the good name of his profession. Following SI's reasoning, Congressmen convicted of crimes should not be expelled from Congress.
I have no objection to Jenkins' having been allowed to play out the season, but if he's convicted, I see nothing wrong with his being suspended from the game.
JACKSON L. BARWICK JR.
Thanks for Ray Kennedy's thoroughly enjoyable portrait of Joe Theismann (A Mouth That Roars, Oct. 6). He was the best college quarterback I've ever seen. Give him half the supporting cast some NFL quarterbacks have, and he'd find a way to win one of those elusive Super Bowl rings. But ring or no ring, Theismann is an inspiration—and obviously a winner.
The only way Joe Theismann will be able to satisfy his desire to have a Super Bowl ring will be to remove one from former Steeler Mike Kruczek's locker while Kruczek is taking a shower.
Herb Lindsay certainly is a terrific runner (Herb Lindsay Comes On Strong, Sept. 29). I should know: I've seen the back of his shirt many times ahead of me at the finish line.
However, to set the record straight, he's not, as you wrote, the U.S. record holder at 15 kilometers. Last February I won the Gasparilla Distance Classic 15-km. road race in Tampa in 43:40, which is recognized as the American best. And that's 10 seconds faster than Lindsay has run.
SNOWSHOES AND TRAMPOLINES
Regarding your article on Howard Head and the Prince tennis racket (Howard Head Says, "I'm Giving Up the Thing World," Sept. 29), you mention an even larger racket developed by an Ohioan named Tad Weed. I have played against Tad and his partner, both of whom used the Weed Killer, and it's like playing against two trampolines.