The "success" story of Valeri Brumel (The Big Jump, Feb. 4) has about all the interest and excitement of a new scientific formula for a sports fan.
It was certainly a worthwhile article, however. After reading it I don't care if the Russians walk off with the next 50 Olympics. The U.S. produces athletes who are sportsmen rather than systematized machines regimented by the state.
I suggest that instead of watching the Soviautomatics at a track meet, people go to a nearby factory and watch a stamping machine in action. The development and objectives of both are identical.
It would seem to the casual reader that the Ford Falcon Sprint, so beautifully immortalized in Kenneth Rudeen's story on the Monte Carlo Rally, won the glory and honor of victory rather than the Carlsson SAAB (The Awful Aula Ride, Feb. 4). The Sprint may well have been minutes faster in the leg you mentioned, but you should consider the time relatively, as the SAAB engine displaces 841 cubic centimeters while the Ford engine has something over 4,000. After all is said, the Ford may have won a battle, but the SAAB won the war.
Don't you think your treatment of Winners Erik Carlsson and SAAB was somewhat shabby? When the hyperpowered car you drooled over can run up a rally record approaching that achieved by Carlsson and SAAB in recent years, then your flippant treatment of a two-time winning team might be merited.
HUGH R. RATHER
In your article on the Cincinnati- Illinois game (Two Ways to Be Ranked 1-2, Feb. 4) you state that for the last five minutes Cincinnati stalled and did not shoot. No wonder the pros outdraw the colleges.
I wonder how many times Chicago Stadium would be sold out if the people knew ahead of time that they would be seeing the type of game you described.
I believe the colleges should have in effect a 24-second rule, for at least the last five or three minutes. This would result, I believe, in greater games, also larger crowds.
It appeared that the controversy regarding the use of the professional basketball 24-second rule in college games would always remain just that, a controversy that would never be resolved. I for one have always felt that such a rule did not have a place in the college game. However, after viewing the recent Cincinnati vs. Illinois game on January 26 I can only say, bring on the rule. An excellent game was turned into a fiasco. Why the best team in college basketball must stall for five minutes will always remain a question. Cincinnati has proved time and time again that it has the best team in the country, but to run scared is not a show of class. Work the ball until a scoring opportunity presents itself, yes, but pass up easy baskets and stand at mid-court with hands on hips, no. Let the players show they are the best and stop acting like bush leaguers.
ROGER J. KENNEDY
TOURISTS' LITTLE ISLAND
In your January 21 issue you had a very nice spread on various activities in the Bahamas. One brief part of it was on the Cayman Islands, and at the very end of your Travel Facts you mentioned that Little Cayman was to have its own airstrip and hotel beginning next season. I would like to give you more up-to-date information. The airstrip is now in excellent condition and can easily accommodate the Twin-Bonanza, which serves it regularly three times a week from Grand Cayman, or anything up to a DC-3 as a private plane.