TEX VS. DAN
Congratulations to Dan Jenkins on his part of the World Series of football article (The Two Pro Football Leagues Must Meet, Dec. 16). I will donate $50 to Pete Rozelle's favorite charity if the American Football League does not beat the National Football League in their first championship game. Didn't Tex Maule pick the Dallas Cowboys?
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has done a great service to the sport of skiing in bringing into focus the injustice of the seeding that applies to the 1964 Winter Olympics (International Ski Scandal, Dec. 16). A thorough investigation is now under way because of your story. Coach Bob Beattie will do his best in the seeding meetings, which will precede the European races, but he may not be able to buck the system. Your support in this matter is sure to help his cause. Much, however, needs to be done in the few weeks remaining to assure that the U.S. ski team will not be beaten before it reaches the starting gate.
There is no place for bureaucracy and provincialism in the Olympic Games. All we ask is that the American ski team be seeded on the basis of its international and national performance since December 1961.
RALPH A. DES ROCHE
National Chairman, U.S. Olympic Ski
New York City
Three cheers for Frank Ramsey on his fine article, Smart Moves by a Master of Deception (Dec. 9). I'm looking forward to comparable articles by experts in other sports. Here, for example, are some titles that might prove useful: Putting It Over on Your Caddie, Beanball and Spitter Techniques, or perhaps Principles of Face-mask Tackling.
LEE C. YOUNG
Ramsey is singularly frank, and you are courageous. I wager that you will receive more denunciations for sanctioning cheating than commendations for admiring sagacity. I hereby vote to commend you.
The guileless would abolish the subtle nuances from sport and call them cheating. But Ramsey's type of "cheating" adds dimension to athletic contests, without which they would become rather pedestrian and even, in some cases, brutish.
BRIAN J. KAVANAGH
It seems like dirty pool to me.
Your article entitled, A New Grip on the Game (Dec. 16), described my new golf club grip in such glowing terms that my phone has been ringing steadily ever since. Golfers who want sets of my new "G" Grips are calling from all over the country.
The only trouble is that at least half of the people calling me insisted that the name of my new grip is the "6" Grip—because SPORTS ILLUSTRATED said so.
JOHN K. GARRITY
The "G" Grip Corporation
?Herewith apologies to "G" Grip President Garrity and assurances to our readers that only a typographical error (in approximately one-third of the press run) could change a "G" Grip to a "6" Grip—ED.