I enjoyed Tim Layden's article on the return of single wing (Old Is New, New Is Old, Dec. 1) in the form of the Wildcat formation. It's worth noting the formation's singular disadvantage and one of the reasons teams dropped it in the 1950s and '60s: Offensive linemen had to hold their blocks for a much longer time than in the T or split T, which most often replaced the single wing. Holding the blocks was necessary to provide time for all the spinning and faking that was going on in the backfield.
Richard O. Jones, Madison, Conn.
As a player at Baldwin-Wallace College in the 1940s, Keith Piper learned the single wing from coaches Ray Watts and Eddie Finnigan, and he kept the offense alive when he became the coach at Denison. One of Piper's teammates at Baldwin-Wallace was fullback Lee Tressel, father of Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. Maybe Jim should peruse one of his papa's old playbooks.
Bud Collins, Brookline, Mass.
I'll concede that no one covers nipples with paint like you do, but if you really want to captivate readers, keep doing pieces like the ones on the single wing and on Derrick Brooks (What the 'Backer Sees, Dec. 1).
Justin Sloss, Babylon, N.Y.
Future of Hunting
I was disappointed that Matthew Teague's story on hunting (A More Dangerous Game, Nov. 24), which discussed the death of my son Kenton, contained information that was simply not true. Teague described a phone call between mother and son and included supposed quotes from that conversation without first verifying their accuracy with me. He tarnished a treasured memory of the last conversation I shared with my son.
Lori Carnegie, Oshawa, Ont.
In the Dec. 8 tribute to Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Sara Rosati (below) of Hamilton Township, N.J., was misidentified in a photo caption. SI regrets the error.
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