HUDDLE TO HUSTINGS
Pat Ryan's article on Jack Kemp's congressional campaign (The Making of a Quarterback 1970, Dec. 7) is one of the most insightful pieces of sports journalism I have ever read. It is an important contribution to sports literature and must reading for anyone attempting to understand the role sport plays in contemporary American society.
Institute for the Study of Sport and Society
Football is a great sport but not great enough to enable Jack Kemp to influence the funniest sport of them all, politics.
Miami Beach, Fla.
I was appalled by the manner in which Kemp was packaged and sold to the voters in New York's 39th District. I was also dismayed to learn that Kemp's politics display the kind of mindless flag-waving attitude that is leading this country to its downfall. But then, Kemp was a bum quarterback for the Chargers, so there is no reason why he shouldn't be a bum quarterback for the nation. I hope he gets sacked in '72, but good.
Santa Cruz, Calif.
SI and Pat Ryan, I'm ashamed of you! To make Jack Kemp look like a political puppet is just not telling it like it is. I've known this utterly wholesome gentleman for many years. Lazy, aloof, a talk-a-lot-say-nothing person? Never! I would like to see anyone try to mess up his hair—or his ideals—or his sincerity. We need politicians like Jack Kemp. He is someone we can believe, and believe in.
I enjoyed the LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER (Dec. 7) about the other athletes in politics, but if there is a sequel to The Violent World of Sam Huff, it should be on CBS, not ABC. I produced (and titled) the original in 1960 as a part of the CBS News series, The Twentieth Century.
Senior Executive Producer
New York City
A VOTE FOR JERRY
Once a winner, always a winner; so be it with Jerry Lucas (Mellow Wine in a New Bottle, Dec. 7). I was playing high school sports here in Toledo about the time Jerry was playing for Middletown, and I can't remember any of my teammates who didn't look up to Jerry and want to be like him. I also have talked to people who played against Jerry and have never heard a word of criticism. For a person who has been in the spotlight as long as he has, that is an accomplishment.
Jerry probably felt that the world was falling in on him during his financial troubles, but the contributions that he has made to the sports world couldn't be bought with any sum of money.
SIGN OF THE RAMS
Hats off to Tex Maule for being the first sportswriter this season to do the Los Angeles Rams justice (How the West Was, Uh, Tied, Dec. 7). He showed that a healthy Ram club can win when it must.
Woodland Hills, Calif.
Tex Maule's story makes it sound as though the Rams played like supermen. On television, it was hard to see the Rams' "dominance" of the game until Nettles intercepted a fourth-quarter pass on the 19. As for Roman Gabriel and his fantastic effort, huh; seven for 21. That's kind of a footballish Marv Throneberry effort.
The Ram defense deserves credit, yes, but the first two Ram offensive sets of downs looked as though they were designed by a retarded catfish. The 49ers weren't playing like champions either, but I'll lay odds the Rams won't make the Super Bowl.