I'm with Povich. He gets my vote as humanitarian of the year.
GRANVILLE F. KIBBEE
If Mr. Povich thinks basketball is for the birds, then so is he.
If you hear a loud voice from the land of Bierk�se and bleu cheese don't be disturbed; it will be the writer uttering a few lusty "huzzas" for Shirley Povich.
Like Mr. Povich, I have reached the point of extreme nausea at the spectacle of a whistle-happy referee risking a coronary in his attempt to make a sporting spectacle out of the antics of a group of people who would look far more at home in a circus sideshow. I am tired of boxcar scores. I am beginning to suspect that the men who write and administer the rules for today's basketball are suffering from some psychological disturbance which makes physical contact with an opponent distasteful.
Someplace along the way the rules committee must have picked up a handbook by one of the early—very early—bloomer girl squads. How else could we have reached the present deplorable situation?
W. E. DENT
Mr. Povich states, in Basketball Is for the Birds, that the second shot is awarded only if the first is missed. The direct opposite of this is correct, and he need only consult the current basketball rules to verify this. He may find it in Rule 10, Section 7: Penalty.
Mr. Povich's misunderstanding of this basic rule further indicates to me why he has ceased to be a basketball fan. He belongs to that vast group which includes all fans, most players and a few coaches who do not know the rules of basketball.
TERENCE A. KILKENNY
BASKETBALL ISSUE: DREAM TEAM
I would like to express my congratulations to you and Artist Russell Hoban for his magnificent portraits and radiant narrations of The Dream Team. This artistic essay seems to fuse all players' talents, and then extract five gods of the cage kingdom.
FRANKLIN L. BROSGOL
I like Artist Russell Hoban's paintings and descriptions of the players on The Dream Team. I agree with him as far as he goes, but he left out two very important men.
One of these two men is the coach. The coach should be a middle-aged man about 5 feet 11 tall and weighing a respectable 200 pounds. He should have a very wise look about him.