The American Football League is here to stay. Give Buffalo a 55,000-seat stadium, four more years and, under the leadership of Owner Ralph Wilson Jr., it will become the best city in pro football.
I certainly appreciate your comments about the new league. As Boyle indicated, the AFL has come a long way in three years and the interest in our various franchise cities is really unbelievable. Naturally, I was a little concerned the first couple of years of operation, but when I saw the large crowds that attended our preseason and regular-season games this year I was convinced the American Football League was on its way to success.
The league will naturally get stronger each year as the teams improve and more rivalries are created and the people in the United States become more familiar with the various clubs. We are all going to fight hard this year to sign our share of the top college players so that we can field even better elevens next fall.
RALPH C. WILSON JR.
Please tell dear, sweet, disillusioned Jonathan Schwartz that the odds against his prediction ("The Celtics will win seven out of nine against the Lakers," 19TH HOLE, Nov. 12) have soared considerably after his "finest basketball team around" was outplayed and outshot and, oh yes, outscored by the Lakers in its first clash—and in Boston yet. The Lakers may not be "the finest professional team engaged in any sport today" but they're ahead of whoever's in second place in basketball circles. You'd better throw Mr. Schwartz's letter away, as I don't think he will want to read it again in April. Shame, shame, shame.
I was interested in reading your spoof on the awarding of stars to football players at the Air Force Academy for exceptional plays (SCORECARD, Nov. 12).
Perhaps you might like to know that DeWayne (Dewey) King, Rutgers backfield coach, originated this idea three years ago. He spoke about it last winter at the NCAA meetings, and since then many colleges have adopted the idea.
Dewey, who calls interceptions "Jerichoes," feels it is an incentive and an important moral factor. Last year Rutgers was first in the country in interceptions with 23, and first in yardage gained on interception returns with 405. We were undefeated and our pass defense certainly played an important role in our success.
It is not unusual nowadays for coaches to find little gimmicks that help the players over the long, hard grind of the season. Games are fun, but practices often are routine.
Perhaps it seems strange to you that big, strong, intelligent young men can be enthusiastic about these little stars and other such devices. Seems to me I remember our pilots during the war used to paint symbols of the planes they shot down on their fuselages.
LESLIE H. UNGER
New Brunswick, N.J.