I was a bit surprised to see Minnesota Running Back Chuck Foreman on your Oct. 18 cover. Walter Payton, Chicago's own fine back, ran for 141 yards in 19 carries in that contest, while Foreman was held to 63 yards in 23 rushes. Payton is leading the entire NFL in rushing and is the main reason the Bears are not only respectable again but a legitimate threat to Minnesota's dominance of the NFC Central Division. The Bears are scrappers to the end, as your article (Two Games for the Price of One) makes clear.
Mt. Greenwood, Ill.
"Chuck Foreman Bruises the Bears"? I don't think so. Your cover should have read "Walter Payton Runs Over the Vikings." Pay-ton averaged 7.4 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns, plus another one—a fantastic run for 49 yards—that was called back because of a clipping penalty. He also had four receptions for another 42 yards.
NICK C. LAMNATOS
Rock Island, Ill.
The city of Chicago should change the name of Soldier Field to Payton's Place.
Your preview of the hockey season (Oct. 18) was excellent, as usual. However, as a longtime Boston loyalist, I must disagree with your comments concerning the Bruins' chances of repeating as champions of the Adams Division: "Orr's departure is one reason why Boston probably will not repeat." Last season the Bruins won their division championship with no help from Orr beyond November. I see no reason, particularly with their fast start, why the Bruins should not repeat.
CHARLES CARR III
November 1, 1976
I think the Bruins are a better team without Bobby Orr. They do not rely on one person; they have a squad now that is rapidly improving, though it was never really that bad. In your article about Orr (Return of the Fabulous Invalid, Oct. 18) Chicago Coach Billy Reay was quoted as saying that a team needs a player with charisma. Well, the Bruins have the following healthy charismatic players: Jean Ratelle, a classy center; Brad Park, a goal-scoring defenseman with a knee in better shape than Orr's; veteran John Bucyk, who is not as "ancient" as was implied in your scouting report; and hard-working Terry O'Reilly.
As a Boston fan, I say it really hurts to see Bobby Orr in a Chicago uniform. Although we have new stars, it will never be the same.
East Boston, Mass.
Concerning Peter Gammons' superb article on Swedish hockey players in North America (The Swedish Invasion, Oct. 18), I must say I am impressed. However, there is one little discrepancy that, by this time, has probably infuriated the population of Greater Hartford, Conn. Gammons refers to New England Whaler Goaltender Christer Abrahamsson as Whaler Defenseman Thommy Abrahamsson's "kid brother." In fact, Christer is four hours older. Thommy and Christer are identical twins.
If Bjorn Johansson has the same attitude as Borje Salming, he will be super.
PAUL J. FEDERICO
Highland Heights, Ohio
In regard to Edwin Shrake's story of the Oklahoma-Texas game (Report From the 40 Winks Tourist Court, Oct. 18), as far as I am concerned, Grover should have stayed at Crab Claw with his wife Wilma Mae. The game was one of the finest defensive gems I would ever want to see. The Sooners were playing with a second-string quarterback who did a creditable job. They lost the ball only three times on fumbles and showed their class by scoring the touchdown they had to have. This was a typical game for these two teams, and the defense was outstanding—even without the Selmons and Elrod.
Del City, Okla.
I was under the impression that the last five minutes of the game were frantic enough for anyone. One team led by six points, and the other, after recovering a fumble, was driving toward a certain tie and a very possible victory. I also resent the fact that Edwin Shrake would have everyone in the world believe that the average Oklahoman is devoid of intelligence and is from places like Eufaula or Bug Tussle or Muskogee. Not everyone drives a red farm pickup to OU games.
Congratulations to SI and Edwin Shrake for by far the funniest piece of satire I have read in a long time. I just hope the rest of America doesn't think we're all like Grover.
I'll be dadburned if I didn't get a bigger kick out of that fella Grover's letter than I did out of that football game in Big D. Many more games like that and I suspect them coachers, Swisher and Rogal, might be joining ol' Les and Grover in Terlingua.
B. J. ANDERSON
GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT
Re the article Nobody Loves the Ruling Class (Oct. 11) by Frank Deford, society's view of officials was succinctly demonstrated to me as I was leaving the field after a junior varsity football game that I had officiated. I was still in uniform when I encountered a woman and her 4-year-old child; they were just getting out of their car and had no idea how the game had come out. As I passed them, the child looked at me and uttered a long, sincere "Boo!" Maybe it's genetic.
F. S. WEBSTER III
Sugar Land, Texas
CHOPPED DOWN TO SIZE
I am a medical student and a first-degree black belt in karate. Having devoted six years of hard work to the art, I know the meaning of karate, its positive aspects of physical and mental training and its limitations. I find it difficult to convey to laymen the true meaning of the martial arts and what they can and cannot do. It's also very difficult to differentiate between true, dedicated karate instructors and schools and unqualified ones. Your article Dangerous Delusion (Oct. 18) does this better than any other I have seen on the subject. From now on, I'll refer my friends with questions about the martial arts to your straightforward piece. Thanks for what I consider a real public service.
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