After having read your polemic A Potshot Angers Its Quarry (Sept. 22), may I say that, although you sprayed enough shot around to cover 360 degrees of a circle, you still haven't hit the broadside of a barn? If I were to answer every one of your untruthful, unsubstantiated and unsigned charges, it would take up a whole issue.
Let me also say that I've been a film editor at CBS News for 13 years and have never worked for a more honest, hardworking, dedicated and courageous journalist than Irv Drasnin.
The Guns of Autumn
New York City
Thank you for the article condemning CBS's fiasco. By showing atypical, self-centered hunters, CBS has irreparably offended millions of sportsmen.
JOHN H. PLUNKETT, D.D.S.
Kennett Square, Pa.
Yours is an eloquent and realistic portrayal of hunting.
Fort Wayne, Ind.
October 5, 1975
While it is true that the network overly stressed the kill in all its gore, it is in equally bad taste for you to turn full circle and ask us to believe that the kill is not the primary goal of all hunters.
I know of only two sports in this country in which killing is legal: fishing and hunting. A good fisherman throws back what he doesn't need. You can't throw back a dead moose.
Maybe SPORTS ILLUSTRATED should do something to stop the hunters who provide the telecasters with those "cheap shots," instead of blaming the telecasters for showing them.
RALPH L. FUSCO
BEHIND THE LINES
I am a first-year law student, and I have never read a more optimistic testimonial for my chosen profession than the article by Dan Jenkins (Muddle in the Huddle, Sept. 22). One of the first cases I studied in my course on contracts was Los Angeles Football Club v. Billy Cannon. A football player's contract is used as a model for our supplement to the course. Keep it up, pro football. Three more years and I'll be in the thick of the temporary injunctions and declaratory judgments. I can't wait.
The most pressing question that arises from any NFL player strike is: Can this country absorb 1,100 more insurance salesmen?
ROBERT B. MARTIN
RANK AND FILE
St. Louis as the NFC East champion (Scouting Reports, Sept. 22)? Bring back Tex Maule and sanity.
PAUL L. FLECK
The Dallas Cowboys—and tradition—will prove that they can win again in '75.
Oakland is going all the way this year. Green Bay is the sleeper.
Walla Walla, Wash.
A giant embarrassment is in store for you when the season ends and the Giants are not in the NFC East cellar.
I have just one thing to say about Roy Blount's article on Mean Joe Greene (He Does What He Wants Out There, Sept. 22) and that is I almost liked it.
The next time you want to put a picture of the best defensive tackle on your cover, I'll send you one of Alan Page.
WALLACE J. DAHL
I wish to correct Roger Vaughan's statement on page 18 of your Sept. 22 issue (An Indy on a Fast, Wet Track). He says, "Pied Piper...thus became the second U.S. boat ever to win the [One Ton Cup] championship, the Dick Carter-designed Tina having taken it in 1966."
The first U.S. boat to win the One Ton Cup was Llanoria, in Sweden in 1952. Eric Ridder was the helmsman, and I was one of the crew. We had just come from winning a gold medal in the Olympics at Helsinki. We brought the cup back to the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in Oyster Bay.
JULIAN K. ROOSEVELT
Oyster Bay, N.Y.
•Tina was the first U.S. One Tonner—i.e., U.S. boat built to modern One Ton rules—to win the cup. When Llanoria won it in 1952 and again in 1957 the cup belonged to the Six Meter class, the original One Ton class having been abandoned early in the century.—ED.
What an excellent article on the World Open golf championship by Sarah Pileggi (Then Out of the Pack Came Jack, Sept. 22). I started following Jack Nicklaus early in his career and have continually rejoiced in his victories.
MRS. CARL NUNGESSER
There has never been an athlete who has dominated his sport the way Jack Nicklaus has. You will have arguments as to whether Babe Ruth was the greatest baseball player of all time, but who can claim that Jack is not the greatest golfer who ever lived?
FRANK T. WEST
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