Your solutions to the problem of violence in hockey would probably clean things up. For fans who are afraid the game will turn into an endless, boring wind sprint, I suggest you recall the 1980 Winter Olympics, in which fighting meant instant ejection. There was no lack of contact, but it was the kind of contact the game was meant to have, not stick-swinging brawls.
Bryn Mawr, Pa.
I really loved the article by Joe Marshall on the Georgia-Florida game (How 'Bout Them Dawgs?, Nov. 17). It's so nice to see a different name on top of the polls instead of the same old ones, particularly Alabama.
You wrote that "the Bulldogs could gain their first national championship with a win in the Sugar Bowl." In your Sept. 11, 1967 issue, Georgia is listed as national champion in both 1942 and 1946.
? SI's 1967 story noted that a dozen different rating systems had picked top teams over the years. Three lesser-known systems selected Georgia in 1942, one in 1946, but the Associated Press (UPI didn't begin its poll until 1950) named Ohio State No. 1 in 1942, Notre Dame in 1946.—ED.
MORE HAVE NOT
The team I cover gets no respect. Eastern Michigan wasn't even mentioned in your story about the bottom teams in Division I-A college football (A Who's Who of Have-nots, Nov. 17). Yet the Hurons finished 1-9; they've had only one winning season since they went big-college in 1976; and this year's team had eight straight losses. That's the worst Eastern Michigan streak since the 1959-62 small-college bunch went 29 games without a win. But that team didn't have athletic scholarships.
Ann Arbor News
Ann Arbor, Mich.
HOLD THE EELS
From the time my students told me that Jimmy Connors had won the Marlboro Canton Grand Prix Tennis Classic, I'd been wondering: Pro tennis in China? Not until To China with Love-15 (a marvelous headline) in your Nov. 17 issue did I get an explanation. Thank you.
One small point. Canton is not exactly Lower Slobbovia, being a metropolis of nearly two million people that's visited by thousands of Western businessmen yearly. I find it difficult to believe there is only one Western-style restaurant in town.
And do us readers a favor. Spare us from more of the "grass-snake soup and sweet-and-sour eel" bit. I assume Susie Trees wrote that with tongue in cheek, but my fellow Ohio residents take such phrases literally and have their stereotypes reinforced.
SAMUEL C. CHU
Ohio State University
BIG JOHN SPECIAL
Ray Kennedy's Clear the Tracks for Big John (Nov. 17) evoked memories of rejoicing and occasionally dying with John Madden and his Oakland Raiders. I found myself laughing out loud and feeling a little less disappointment that Madden had retired.
NOT BORING FOR ALL
May I compliment J.D. Reed for his excellent discussion of sports in the Persian Gulf (The Name of the Game Is Petrosports, Nov. 17)? As a Bahraini studying in the U.S., I totally disagree with the American refinery manager's statement: "Kids are restless and bored." Restless, maybe, but never bored. How could one be bored playing a sport like soccer in the Garden of Eden?