Judging by your Nov. 15 and 22 covers, kids interested in pugilism could very well come to the conclusion that there's a 50-50 chance of ending up a rich, smart, lucky Sugar Ray Leonard or a poor, battered, dead Duk Koo Kim. During the Vietnam war, television took the glamour and glory out of war for a generation of kids. Maybe you are doing the same for boxing now.
State College, Pa.
IN PRYOR'S CORNER
Congratulations on Pat Putnam's article about Aaron Pryor (It Was a Pryor Engagement, Nov. 22). Never in my life have I witnessed a fighter like him. He's devastating, and he has great endurance. His style makes every one of his fights enjoyable to watch, and, in my opinion, he's the best champion in any division today. It really is time Pryor got some respect.
In his article (All the Way on Every Play, Nov. 22), John Papanek writes glowingly about Anthony Carter breaking the University of Michigan career scoring record in football with 244 points. The old record of 237 points had stood for 42 years and was set by "the sainted" Tom Harmon. Papanek further states, "One can only wonder what kind of numbers Carter would have amassed had he been given the opportunity to play on a team with a passer like Stanford's John Elway."
Granted. However, I've been fortunate enough to have seen both Harmon and Carter play football for Michigan. I submit that one can only wonder what kind of numbers Harmon would have amassed had he been given the opportunity to play varsity football for Michigan for four seasons, like Carter, instead of the three seasons that were permitted in his era. Do you really believe Carter would have broken a Harmon four-year record?
What's Carter's highest total for any three of the four seasons he played?
ROBERT E. GOWDY, D.D.S.
?Counting the past three seasons, 196. Carter scored 48 of his Michigan-record 244 points in 1979, 84 of them in 1980, 56 in 1981 and 56 in 1982.—ED.
It's disappointing that a college senior can no better articulate his incredible football acrobatics than to say, "Both my feets be off the ground." Anthony Carter is, of course, majoring in pre-professional football at Michigan, and anyone lucky enough to have seen him perform will attest that he richly deserves straight A + s in that department, academic qualifications notwithstanding.
I don't think anyone will be able to reverse the trend toward professionalism in big-time college athletics. But isn't it time that the beneficiary of the football farm system, the wealthy NFL, was required to help underwrite the cost of the college program? Make the NFL pay for its farm system by contributing a significant fixed percentage of its bloated television revenue to collegiate football.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
I can't believe that Anthony Carter might be drafted as late as the second round, as you claim is possible. But if he is, I for one would love to see a John Elway-Anthony Carter passing combination in Baltimore next year (surely the lowly Colts will end up with the No. 1 pick).
And assuming it takes the young and inexperienced Baltimore team one more year to crawl out of the cellar, you can add Herschel Walker as its next No. 1 pick. Think of it, Elway, Carter and Walker—only Ed Garvey would be able to slow the Colts down.