IN SUPPORT OF WISCONSIN
As Wisconsin fans, we haven't had much to cheer about since 1962. Now, when we finally have an exciting team to root for, what do you do? You inform us of incidents that don't even relate to the Michigan game (Doing a Number on No. 1, Sept. 21). You took the sweetness out of the victory over the then top-ranked Wolverines and left us with a bitter taste. Where's your class, SI? Let us savor the win.
Wisconsin may be under investigation for recruiting violations. However, if the Badgers are proved guilty, it will mean nothing, as they would not be the only NCAA team ever to violate recruiting laws. I will not discontinue my support of Wisconsin, but after this article I will discontinue my subscription to SI. Please send me a refund.
JUDE G. GOSZ
Alexander Wolff's article about Les Keiter's re-creation of baseball games (SIDELINE, Sept. 7) triggered many strong memories for me, because Keiter played an important part in my becoming a baseball fan. Growing up in Brooklyn in 1958, I became a regular listener when Keiter was in New York broadcasting San Francisco Giants games, shortly after the team had been moved to the Coast. I can still recall lying in bed late one night, fighting sleep and listening to Juan Marichal pitch a one-hitter against the Phillies in his major league debut.
I didn't know that these broadcasts were recreations, but at age eight I doubt that I would have cared. I was having much too much fun making entries on my homemade scorecards. Keiter's imagery made the games vivid, and that's all anyone really wants from a radio sports announcer. It's nice to know that Keiter is still putting that imagination to good use.
About a year and a half ago, I had an interview with Les Keiter, one of my boyhood idols, during my radio talk show. It was one of the most enjoyable 20 minutes I've ever spent.
One thing not brought out in the article was that Keiter was, in my opinion, one of the best live-broadcast fight announcers. I vividly recollect his calling the second Floyd Patterson-Ingemar Johansson fight, in which Patterson regained the title.
I miss his voice.
Congratulations on recognizing Louisiana's five current native-son NFL quarterbacks—Terry Bradshaw, Joe Ferguson, Bert Jones, Doug Williams and David Woodley (SCORECARD, Sept. 7). More amazing, though, is the fact that Bradshaw, Ferguson and Woodley all played and starred at Shreveport, La. high schools. Not bad for a city with a population of around 200,000. Now take it a step further and do a feature article on the NFL players who hail from within an 80-mile radius of Shreveport: Pat Tilley, Roger Carr, Fred Dean, Petey Perot, Roland Harper and Carlos Pennywell, to name a few. I think your readers would enjoy it.