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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
Edited by Gay Flood
October 27, 1980
SLAP SHOTSSir:Your Oct. 13 issue was one of your worst. You call your section on Hockey 1980-81 a scouting report? I expected to see a team-by-team critique but instead was subjected to an opinionated essay by some less-than-knowing writer. Maybe next year you can resume the form that SI is known for.TED CHAEL Norman, Okla.
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October 27, 1980

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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SLAP SHOTS
Sir:
Your Oct. 13 issue was one of your worst. You call your section on Hockey 1980-81 a scouting report? I expected to see a team-by-team critique but instead was subjected to an opinionated essay by some less-than-knowing writer. Maybe next year you can resume the form that SI is known for.
TED CHAEL
Norman, Okla.

Sir:
I loved Kathy Blumenstock's scouting reports, except for her prediction that the Flyers and Islanders will repeat in the Stanley Cup final. I think it will be the Islanders and the Sabres.
BRIAN A. VASEY
New Haven, Conn.

Sir:
"Just ordinary"? Of all the insulting remarks you could possibly make about the Montreal Canadiens, "ordinary" is the most ridiculous. Kathy Blumenstock's scouting reports will be saved and referred to in May when the Stanley Cup comes to rest in its true home: the Montreal Forum.
ALAN LIGHT
Cincinnati

Sir:
We Minnesotans know that the North Stars will decisively win the Stanley Cup.
RICK HARTFIEL
Wayzata, Minn.

Sir:
The NHL has done a lot of stupid things, but the new Rule No. 54 on fighting has to take the cake. I witnessed a Chicago- St. Louis exhibition game in which a brawl erupted in the third period. Instead of heading to a neutral position on the ice, however, the players who were not fighting grabbed each other—as they always do.

To make a long story short, more than 100 minutes in penalties were assessed. In addition, Referee Bryan Lewis spent about 10 minutes trying to explain the penalties to the scorekeeper, while fans littered the ice with debris.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised. After all, this is the NHL: hear no brawling, see no brawling, say nothing about brawling.
GEORGE C. REED
Springfield, Ill.

REFORMING THE NHL
Sir:
Mark Mulvoy's letter to NHL President John Ziegler (Dear John, Oct. 13) was the finest piece I've ever read in SI. Finally the feelings of hockey fans—or should I say those who would like to be hockey fans?—were put down in print. However, Mulvoy's letter was the only part of the hockey preview I read, because until the NHL changes, I have no interest in the trivial details of that ridiculous league.
RICHARD WINOGRAD
Los Angeles

Sir:
If you keep allowing Mark Mulvoy to write this kind of article, you're going to lose him to the front office of the NHL. The problem is: Could the NHL handle that much improvement in one year?
DAVE SENIOR
Los Angeles

Sir:
I commend Mark Mulvoy on his letter, particularly his suggestion for realigning the NHL. A three-division, seven-team setup is the answer. Also, having 11 games against divisional rivals and one each against the rest of the clubs is the best idea I've heard. But I differ on two other points:

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