IS IT CRICKET?
The picture of Col. Andrew Jones (SI, Aug. 30) standing with his foot on a 670-pound bluefin tuna calls to mind an incident that occurred in the presence of the writer in 1938, when a small party had returned to Sarasota from a shark-fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico. In the catch was a beautiful 10-ft. Leopard Shark which was hauled up on the dock. In the party was a member of Congress who was a national political figure. The congressman wanted his picture made with his foot on the shark, occupying the same stance as Colonel Jones. This brought a sharp protest from our veteran guide, who said it was very bad taste, improper and an evidence of bad sportsmanship to have a picture made with the fisherman's foot on the fish.
Later I cheeked the guide's statement with Rube Allen (Fishing Editor of St. Petersburg Times) and Robert Lassing, a nationally known deep-sea fisherman, and both said the guide's protest was correct, and that it was bad taste and poor sportsmanship to have your foot on the fish. A similar statement will be found in one of the books on deep-sea fishing by the late Zane Grey....
J. CARL LAMBDIN
Jefferson City, Tenn.
?Whether Col. Jones' gag was cricket seems to be a matter of opinion. We are still looking for Zane Grey's comment on the subject. Meanwhile, we offer a striking bit of nonconformity that resulted recently when Rod Steiger, Gene Nelson and Gordon MacRae, a trio of actors in the movie version of " Oklahoma!" went to Guyannas, Mexico and caught a couple of big game fish.—ED.
I would like to report a fine catch I made on our fishing trip to Canada. I noticed on your fishing calendar (SI, August 16) no one reported a walleye. I caught one weighing 14�, lbs. and 33 in. in length. Since it was my first big one, I'm very proud of it.
The fish was hooked in Eagle Lake at MacKenzie's Big Eagle Muskie Camp, Eagle River, Ontario.
Mrs. RUBY ANN KELLOGG
...I couldn't help but grit my teeth when I read the letter to all Joe Nolan Cubs (SI, August 16). We in Physical Education believe too much emphasis is put on winning and this was good proof of it. I don't know if Pexton is a Physical Educator or not, but if he is, he is reflecting poorly on his Alma Mater.
Anyone who has studied child growth and development knows that tactics like he used are harmful to children emotionally. When a child makes a mistake you don't call him down on it in front of others. He's using adult and professional tactics on a little boy 11 years old. Maybe none of those boys were hurt by this because they won, but turn the tables around. What if they lost and these mistakes were made in the game? How would those boys have felt? Why take a chance on hurting the mental health of a child for the glory of winning a game?
To take their league apart, boys that young shouldn't play at night or in front of spectators. You can see the spectators bothered Buddy, for he told two of his own family he didn't want them there.
Let's get together on these leagues and educate the children, instead of trying to promote championship players....
A. F. SELMIKEIT
?Coach Pexton, an industrial engineer, says, "Out here we think this is a good way to combat juvenile delinquency. We are aware of this standard complaint but we haven't found any ill effects."—ED.