In other words, these big leaguers, so called, are coming out here after our dollar, offering nothing and playing us for suckers. I for one probably won't support them. There are too many other ways to spend my time without being played for a sucker.
Santa Monica, Calif.
N.Y. TO L.A. (CONT.): WESTERN EXPOSURE
Los Angeles fans expect a winner because we have been exposed to consistent winners in the sports that we do have now. Our two colleges, USC and UCLA, are among the best in the nation in their athletic programs. Even our minor league teams are among the winners. Our pro football team also is a constant contender.
If I were that fan in Pittsburgh, I'd worry about the Pirates and let Mr. O'Malley and L.A. worry about the Dodgers. As for the smog—I'm quite certain that the Dodgers and the L.A. fans know the difference between first-class smog and that pitiful eighth-class smog.
Van Nuys, Calif.
WATER SKIING: AND AWAY WE GO
I was fascinated by your water ski article (All About Water Skiing, SI, Aug. 19), and I wondered if you could tell me the proper way to fasten the tow rope to the boat so that I can get the best ride.
H. A. KING
?Bruce Parker advises that a bridle should be made at the towing end of the rope and the ends fastened to eye-bolts drilled through the transom, as shown in the drawing above. The bolts should be 3 inches below the top of the transom and 3 inches out on each side from the shaft of the propeller. Do not fasten the ends of the bridle to the carrying handles, because the skier in this way obtains so much leverage on the boat that he seriously affects the steering.—ED.
HYDROS: OF TIME AND THE RIVER
I've got to challenge SPORTS ILLUSTRATED on two statements made by Mort Lund in his Gold Cup PREVIEW (SI, Aug. 12).
Lund said: "The first Rolls [engine] to go into an unlimited went into Slo-Mo-V in 1953." Now, ain't it a fact that the Miss Canada boats carried Rolls-Royce Merlins? These boats raced on the Detroit River in Silver Cup, Henry Ford Memorial, Gold Cup and Harmsworth races for years and were the last word in hydroplanes with graduated steps.
And, talking about hydroplanes, Mr. Lund is being very general. He calls the Gold Cup racers "hydro racers." True, the general public may accept this, but not the Detroit River Rats Association (there really is such a group, clubhouse and all). Hydroplanes, unlike the Shanty, have steps on their hulls which permit, at varying speeds, a boat to "get up" and plane. Boats like the Shanty and just about every other craft you mentioned are three-point suspension boats, having, for planing surfaces, two bow sponsons and a planing surface aft.
?Mr. Knight is right. The Miss Canada boats in the 1940s were equipped with Rolls-Royce engines to comply with the Harmsworth rule specifying that the entire boat must be a product of the entering country. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED should have amplified its statement by saying that 1953 was the first year in which the Rolls engine was used in an American boat. As to the distinction between three-point suspension boats and hydros, the term hydroplane has come to serve them all, although purists like the Detroit River Rats may allow themselves the distinction of calling stepped-hull boats "step hydros."—ED.
GOLF: DO IT YOURSELF
We are planning to build a home, and would like to include a regulation putting green. Could you advise where we can get information on this subject?
EVELYN I. WEBSTER