With all that is being said on the prospect of having a permanent warm-weather site for the NFL championship game I'd like to introduce a factor not commonly considered—the effect of a partisan audience. The home crowd can affect, no matter how slightly, the play of the home team and possibly the play of the visiting team. If the title game were to be played at a neutral site, crowd influence would be eliminated.
JACK C. KOENIG
The two nationally televised football games on January 5 ( Chargers vs. Patriots in San Diego and Packers vs. Browns in Miami) provided abundant support for the proposal to play the NFL championship game on a field where weather does not prohibit the teams from performing to their fullest capabilities.
In each game the score was lopsided, yet each was more interesting to watch than the Bears vs. Giants contest. The individual excellence of the pros and the explosive nature of their game, when not played under freezing weather conditions, is bound to engender spectator interest.
Don't cry, SI,
Take heart, Ivy lads,
Your Giants are still champs—
Of the shaving ads.
In addition to the award of a Grecian urn, emblematic of sportsmanship, which you are presenting to Alvin Ray (Pete) Rozelle (Sportsman of the Year, Jan. 6), I would be more than happy to include one unused ticket to the New York Giants- St. Louis Cardinals football game which was played on a Sunday when most sports loving Americans were otherwise occupied examining their own as well as the nation's conscience.
J. J. SCOLLAY
New York City
Congratulations on your choice of Pete Rozelle. He is devoted to the prosperity of pro football and dedicated to its advancement. He has done a great job and should be applauded for the work he has done in giving his league a good name.
If Koufax wins 30 games in 1964, if Howard belts 60 home runs and the Dodgers win the pennant by the 4th of July and the Series again in four, can we expect Walter O'Malley on your cover a year from now? Or if Pennel goes 18 feet, the inventor of the glass pole?
PETER L. PLAGENS
Would a true Sportsman of the Year turn down a legitimate challenge? Pete Rozelle has done this. What matter the score in an AFL-NFL game? There have been several lopsided scores in the NFL championship game, but has anyone suggested discontinuing it?
ROBERT L. MYERS
Sportsman of the Year—No!
Businessman of the Year—Yes!
HOWARD N. GORNEY