The average fan loves pro sports but couldn't care less about the likes of Roone Arledge or anyone else connected with the pros who makes such unreal profits. Fiscal sanity in sports is long, long overdue.
La Push, Wash.
ABC Sports has been put into excellent hands with the appointment of Dennis Swanson as president. I had the privilege of playing basketball for the then Lieut. Swanson when he was coaching one of the base teams at Camp Pendelton, Calif. during the 1962-63 season. I remember him as William Taaffe described him: a disciplinarian and a no-nonsense type of person. However, I also remember him as an intelligent, fair, hard worker who would put forth extra effort to be successful. The practices were tough, but our record was sweet—44-2.
JACK E. WRIGHT
Please let's not kid ourselves about who is going to bear the brunt of sports' lost revenues from television. It won't be the overpaid, dope-snorting, crybaby players. Who's going to suffer? The families of four, who are already well on the way to being priced out of the market for tickets to see their favorite teams! That's who.
Long Beach, Calif.
The excellent article By The Numbers (Feb. 24) by Jack McCallum reminded me that to win a championship in this city a team needs a No. 32 worn by a great player. The records of Sandy Koufax, Magic Johnson and Marcus Allen support my contention.
NATHAN J. GLEIBERMAN
Beverly Hills, Calif.
Mention the number 32 in Buffalo and we think of O.J. Simpson. We definitely don't think of Cookie Gilchrist. He was No. 34 with the Bills and, later, No. 2 with the Broncos and Dolphins.
I noted one oversight in your list of notable numbers: 12—Super Bowl quarterbacks Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Kenny Stabler, Joe Namath and Bob Griese.
Also, under NEW SEASONS, NEW NUMBERS, why didn't you mention Dave DeBusschere, who played pro basketball ( Detroit Pistons) and major league baseball ( Chicago White Sox) in the same years (1962-63)? Any numbers on him?
Lower Burrell, Pa.
? DeBusschere wore 22 on both teams.—ED.
How could you not mention No. 22 of the Orioles, Jim Palmer?
PATRICK O'MALLEY JR.
Owings Mills, Md.