IN THE SMOG
The simple truth about Los Angeles sports (Apathy in Smogsville, Nov. 13) is that the well-known goose that laid the golden eggs has overexerted, hence the goose eggs at the box office. Too much of a good thing. There is an unemployment situation here (despite what the Department of Labor says), business is in the doldrums and the average fan feels that he can better enjoy a do-it-yourself sport, with less outlay of cash, than a spectator sport.
Besides all this, the modern Los Angeleno generally hails from out of state and consequently has very little civic pride. He's the man who still says he is "going home" when he leaves for a visit to his family in the East or Midwest. When the team from his home town comes to Los Angeles, then he may bestir himself and go to the game to cheer that team, not the LA team.
Usually I read your magazine just before going to bed, because it puts me to sleep. But after reading Apathy in Smogsville I just couldn't go to sleep until I told you what a lousy article it was.
If Roger Williams calls UCLA's 1960 record (7-2-1) a losing one, then I hope the Bruins have more losing seasons. In the future please don't print anything that will keep me up at night.
Beverly Hills, Calif.
Mr. Williams refers to a "ho-hum student attitude" at USC resulting in insufficient student attendance in our rooting section and causing us to cancel our traditional half-time card stunts. What he didn't know is that it has become our custom in the past few years to cancel the card stunts at one game per year to allow a collection to be taken in the stands for the support of Troy Camp, our student-sponsored summer camp for underprivileged children. Regarding attendance at the USC- Illinois game, our card section seats 3,200 students; 2,965 of the seats were filled.
Can you tell me of any other city in the entire United States that can match our two major league baseball teams, two fine universities, two pro basketball teams, one pro football team, literally hundreds of high school and junior college teams which participate in sports, fine facilities for baseball ( Chavez Ravine), football (Coliseum—100,000), basketball (Sports Arena—40,000), etc., etc.? If Los Angeles isn't the sports capital of the world, then would you please tell me what city is?
We resent being called Smogsville.
Thanks for keeping us tennis buffs informed on the pros (The Kramer Cup Runneth All Over the Court, Nov. 20). However, if, as you predict, the Kramer Cup will supplant the Davis Cup I for one would like to know what it looks like.
New York City
?For a view of the pro cup which stands 42 cm. high and cost $4,000, see above.—ED.
Your man Alfred Wright must have observed the Ohio State-Iowa game through Rose-(Bowl)-colored glasses (Two Big Decisions, Nov. 13). If Joe Sparma, or any other OSU quarterback, dared call a play on his own, Woody Hayes would give him 30 lashes and a revised "contract." At least 83,795 of us who were there know that Woody has sent in every play for the past two years.
E. WAYNE BALSER