These facts prove that hockey is far more popular in New York than basketball.
Forest Hills, N.Y.
I read your 1967-68 Pro Basketball Preview (Oct. 23) with great amusement. Your fourth-place prediction for the St. Louis Hawks is ridiculous! You admit to their strong rebounding, and to the fact that last year's team was second only to Boston in defense. Add to these fine qualities the coaching of Richie Guerin, and you have the makings of a championship team.
Now altogether, sing along with Rich: "Meet me in St. Louis, Philly," for the NBA championship in April.
TIE AND HANDKERCHIEF
I appreciated your article on the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Baltimore Colts (A Pair Fit To Be Tied, Oct. 23). It gave the Colts the credit they deserve. It is now fairly easy to see that the Colts have at least an equal, if not the best, chance among the teams in the Coastal Division to take the championship.
New Windsor, Md.
I am deeply disappointed in your article on the Colt-Ram game. Tex Maule treated a tough, hard-fought game as incidental to the Colts' "greatness." He implies that the Rams are hardly good enough to be in the same league with the Colts, especially an uninjured Colt team. Ram End Jack Snow made two of the greatest catches I have ever seen against the Colts, but these remarkable grabs received only one line of coverage, no more than an account of a seven-yard run by Tom Matte.
If you are going to cover the week's premier game, please give an unbiased account of it, not a Tex Maule story.
Tex Maule has got to be kidding when he says the Rams were lucky to tie. A lot of luck for the Colts and the lousiest officiating I have ever seen contributed the most to the tie. Your caption on the picture of Jack Snow running toward the goal line after catching a pass on the ground is ample proof. You say that Snow is "untouched and still free to run," but notice that Colt fan with the striped shirt and whistle in his mouth. He called that potential touchdown back.
E. D. JONES
Lieut. Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
In the games of October 15, New Orleans traveled to Dallas and drew 94 yards penalty in the first half of the game. Los Angeles was at Baltimore, and the Rams were penalized 121 yards to the Colts' 35. Houston was at New York. The Oilers drew 104 penalty yards to the Jets' 40. San Francisco was penalized 103 yards; Philadelphia only 66. Guess what city they were playing in?
There were exceptions where the home team received the most penalty yardage, but nothing anywhere near that walked off against the majority of visiting teams.
I suggest the officials start playing "drop the handkerchief" against the home towners as much as the visitors!