Did you ever get the feeling that that so-called "fistic marvel" Cassius Clay (Fast Talk and a Slow Fight, July 31) is merely being built up for the biggest letdown since Primo Carnera?
If Cassius Clay wants a crack at Floyd Patterson and the heavyweight championship, he'd better be a better boxer than he thinks he is.
IN SPITE OF NASTY CRACKS AT THE PEOPLE WHO WILL HAVE TO DO THE LARGE SHARE OF THE WORK I THOUGHT MUNGER WROTE WELL ABOUT THE FITNESS PROGRAM (Challenge to Bud Wilkinson, July 31). HOPE WILKINSON AND KENNEDY GET THE POINT.
DEL T. BERTEUFFER
PROFESSOR OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
I see no flabby kids in my neighborhood.
With pediatricians, psychiatrists and some educators condemning sports for junior high school students because of the emotional trauma and exploitation, it is refreshing to see Mr. Munger's comments. I have found that those national leaders who criticize athletics have never played any sports themselves.
FRANK E. BARNES JR., M.D.
HOW PROUDLY DO WE HAIL?
It has become increasingly disturbing to me to hear the traditional rendition of our national anthem before athletic contests played at a rushed, let's-get-this-necessary-evil-over-in-a-hurry tempo, and to see many athletes and fans treat it in such a lackadaisical manner.
When played properly and given the proper attention, The Star-Spangled Banner is a most inspiring piece.
In these days of materialism and the lowering of our adherence to many of our hard-earned principles and heritages to the level of lip service, mention of this situation in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED might help restore at least this one tradition to its deserved position of respect and inspiration.
WESLEY H. BEATTIE
A note of appreciation for SCORECARD'S comments on "Voice of the Reds" (July 3). The question now, of course, is will success spoil Waite Hoyt?
MRS. JACK NUTTER
More power to the Redlegs, but I think that the faults of Mr. Hoyt far outweigh his virtues as a baseball announcer. We don't look forward to games interrupted by rain to enjoy his announcing.
EDWARD E. CINCOSKI, S.J.