You note that "to fix or attempt to fix [games] until recently was a mere misdemeanor in New York. Now it is a felony, with proportionately greater penalties. In North Carolina it is also a felony. It should be so everywhere" (SCORECARD, Jan. 22).
In 1947 Texas (which as yet has had no need for such a law) added a statute to its Penal Code (Article 178b) making it a felony for anyone to give or receive anything of value to or from any person connected with professional or amateur sports with the intent to influence the outcome of a contest. The same applies, of course, to anyone who seeks or receives anything of value for that purpose. The punishment: not less than one nor more than five years in prison (no mere fine, you'll note).
THOMAS E. TURNER
It's not difficult to understand the loyalty of hockey fans after viewing those classic action shots by Photographer John Zimmerman (Hottest Spot on the Ice, Jan. 15).
ALFRED J. LANDRY
Please! The technical details of those superb shots. How did he do it?
CURTIS H. SWARTZ, M.D.
•After convincing the officials of both Madison Square Garden and the National Hockey League that his photographic experiment would not interfere with the game, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Staff Photographer Zimmerman fastened two Nikon F cameras equipped with 21-mm. lenses inside the net, one on either side of the goal's center support. Wires to trip the shutter and advance the film were laid along the floor before the ice was made and led through the end boards to Zimmerman's seat next to the goal judge. By game time the wires were frozen under the ice where they would not bother the players, or vice versa. Strobe lights mounted in the four corners of the Garden's mezzanine press box provided sufficient illumination for Kodachrome film, but exposure was uncertain at best, since the puck hitting the goal frequently altered the shutter settings.—ED.
I was delighted with your full-page color photographs of the NHL's goalies. But missing from these pages was Mr. Goalie himself—namely, Glenn Hall of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Black Hawks. Don't you think that the man who just played in his historic 500th consecutive game deserves one page in your magazine, too?
RICHARD VAN VERST
River Forest, Ill.
CADS AND CADDIES
Three big huzzahs for the picture of the dame chasing two men in a cart on the new local golf course (Run for the Money, Jan. 22). Your record for accuracy is 100%; your record for keeping male prestige unsullied and your record for keeping the female of the species doing the same thing forevermore—i.e., chasing men—are what evoke the huzzahs.
I would be completely ashamed to have a caddie (a girl yet!) chase after the golf cart I was driving. Any man who buys this type of slave service is no less than a sadist! Even at 15 I know better than to pay a woman to walk behind me.
DAVID F. RANSOHOFF
First, thanks. As a result of your printing Messrs. Nebauer, Anthony and Dawson's letters in response to mine (19TH HOLE, Dec.11 et seq.), my name has appeared three times in the nation's best sports magazine, and I must say I'm flattered!
However, Mr. Nebauer's rebuttal to my field-goal idea is probably the most preposterous of the three. His "Shofner example" indicates that he thinks a man in the clear, heading for a touchdown, would 1) deliberately fall down, 2) in the mad scramble of a breakaway run conveniently pick his landing spot and 3) with thousands cheering and 11 goliaths in pursuit be thinking mainly of signing a contract.
Anthony's premise runs a close second for implausibility. His problem is this: find a defensive football player with the magnificent ability to permit a runner hell-bent on scoring a touchdown to keep running until the defensive man finds a convenient place to tackle him. This defensive man should also be an articulate salesman so he can explain to his outraged coach why the runner got away, that is, just in case he misses the tackle at the pre-arranged rendezvous point.
Mr. Dawson holds that I must be "nuts," which of course I am, along with everyone else who disagrees with him. The point, Mr. Dawson, is that I firmly believe that a long distance field goal should be worth more than a short cheapie.
Finally, was it pure happenstance that none of these gentlemen criticized my view on the placement of the ball after an unsuccessful field goal? Could it be that I am half-safe?
I would like to put an end to this foolishness regarding the point after touchdown (19TH HOLE, Jan. 22). Football at the present time is the most rapidly growing sport, from the viewer's standpoint. There has been only one rule change concerning the scoring system in a number of years. I have no doubt that it should be left like that. If anyone feels that the PAT is boring, insignificant or automatic, just ask any member of the losing East team in the Pro Bowl game (West 31, East 30, with the difference of $200 a man falling on the blocked PAT by Jordan and Lane of the victorious West team).
The Bronx, N.Y.