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Giving Something Back
As a single mother of a budding athlete, I agree with E.M. Swift's idea that pro teams should aid the struggling athletic programs of inner-city schools (POINT AFTER, Oct. 12). They also should help neighborhood recreational facilities. If it weren't for these children, who follow the games and regard the pros as role models, where would pro sports in America be?

It makes no sense for spectators to pay as much as they do to see these professional athletes play while amateur athletes suffer because of lack of funds.

Bobby Bowden
How could you write in your coverage of the Miami-Florida State game (Same Old Story, Oct. 12) that "the Seminoles consistently fall short in close, tense games," that coach Bobby Bowden is "too conservative in big games" and that he called "strange plays" in Florida State's unsuccessful drive at the end of last season's loss to the Hurricanes? Didn't that drive set up a makable field goal, the first of the two wide rights you mention? Is this the same Bobby Bowden who called a "puntrooskie" against Clemson in 1988. The same Bowden who called a shovel pass on the four-yard line against Michigan a year ago? The same Bowden whose teams have won at Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska, Clemson, Florida and Ohio State—places that many coaches would not dare even take their teams?

Bowden has lost to Miami, but the Hurricanes have won four national titles since 1983 and, as of last Friday, 49 straight games in the Orange Bowl, site of this season's Florida State-Miami meeting.
New York City

Bruce Newman's Smash Hits (Oct. 5) was an interesting feature on Hollywood stuntmen, but you state that the film Jupiter's Darling was made in 1936, when in fact this MGM flop was a 1955 release. I bet you heard from a lot of Esther Williams fans on this one. What, only me?

Hey, how about Esther versus Eleanor Holm, 100 meters, pay TV? It would probably do better than that Martina-Jimmy thing did.

Richard Petty
I have never been a stock car racing fan, but after reading your profile of legendary driver Richard Petty (The King, Oct. 19), I feel I should have been. Good work.
Pasadena, Texas

Schott's Reds
As a Cincinnati Red fan, it saddened me to read your article Dog Days (Oct. 19), every word of which is true. Owner Marge Schott has repeatedly shown that she has no idea how to run a baseball team or how to treat people. It makes me sick to see manager Lou Piniella and general manager Bob Quinn gone.

To make matters worse, Cincinnati's key players will probably be traded or allowed to leave because of Schott's penny-pinching ways.
Nabb, Ind.

Have a Heart
Since 1987 the San Diego Chargers have pursued a change-coaches-and-quarter-backs-as-often-as-your-underwear strategy, and wins have become rare.

The one week we finally do get a number in the left column, all you mention (INSIDE THE NFL, Oct. 12) is how our pre-game Navy skydivers screwed up. A little sympathy, please.
San Diego

Zim Retires
Thank you for Janet Knott's moving photo of Don Zimmer on your Oct. 12 contents page. For me, that's what SI is all about.

Doubling Up
After reading your article on University of Washington offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy (In the Driver's Seat, Sept. 21), I watched the Huskies' game against Nebraska on Sept. 19. Playing defensive tackle for Washington was D'Marco Farr.

Here is the question: Why do Kennedy and Farr both wear number 75 on their jerseys? I realize that sometimes a member of the scout squad will be issued a duplicate number, but both of these fellows are starters for one of the top teams in the nation.

Incidentally, during last January's Rose Bowl, I noticed that Washington's star receiver, Mario Bailey, wore number 5, as did one of its first-string defensive backs, Dana Hall. What's up?
Lakeland, Fla.

•Because of coach Don James's no-cut policy, the Huskies traditionally have a large roster. This year it numbers about 160 players. Hence, many players must share a number. However, two offensive players, or two defensive players, are never issued the same number, so two players with the same number cannot be on the field at the same time.—ED.

Rodgers for Gibson
It was great to see an article about a different breed of professional athlete (Smash Hits, Oct. 5). After reading about Mel Gibson's stunt double, Mic Rodgers, I searched in vain for a picture of Rodgers. I mean, anyone who can double as Mel Gibson must not look half bad. Come on, SI, make my day.
Vancouver, B.C.



Meet Mic: Mel's main man in the movies.

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