BOUQUETS TO BLANCHFLOWER
Having more than once considered sports-casting as a career, I read with interest Danny Blanchflower's article, Just One Truth for Me (June 10). I was profoundly disappointed when, at the beginning of the year, I learned that Mr. Blanchflower would no longer be working for CBS. His humor and accurate descriptions of the action were a pleasure to listen to.
The comments of the CBS sports staff intrigue me. They told Mr. Blanchflower, in effect, that if one team makes an error it should be described as a tremendous play executed by the other team. How absurd! Is it a tremendous play when a runner in baseball gets to first base because the shortstop has booted a ground ball that he should have had? Is it a tremendous play when a defensive middle guard makes a touchdown with a ball fumbled by a halfback on the halfback's 10 yard line?
Come on, Mr. MacPhail! Get with it! Americans are quite willing to accept the bad play in a sport, be it baseball, football, hockey or what have you. They may not approve of the bad play, but they certainly won't accept any attempts on the part of a sportscaster to turn a bad play into a good play. You might just as well call a 300-foot home run a Ruthian shot.
JAMES S. GAMBLE
CBS made a poor play and I am announcing it, publicly.
After watching several television broadcasts of professional soccer, I am utterly appalled at the irrational interruptions of an action that is not meant to be so hacked apart. I therefore agree completely with Danny Blanchflower and his conclusions concerning sport and the media.
Sport should be a display of talent, real talent, and we ought not carve such demonstrations of ability and dexterity (any more than we ought to try to repaint the Mona Lisa or to rewrite Moby Dick) into bite-size pieces which can be conveniently fitted into commercial lapses.
Danny Blanchflower's courage startles, yes, even shocks, because we have been so treated and conditioned to expect blas�, dull and often meaningless commentary from professionals who know but fear to speak. Let us have more of his stock!
After reading Danny Blanchflower's recent article on professional soccer in America, I felt refreshed and exhilarated. Here is a man who called the shots as he saw them. His love of sport and his honesty, which he exhibited as a commentator and in his article, is a refreshing breeze in an area where money increasingly becomes "the name of the game." May the world of sport find more Danny Blanchflowers.
F. D. VASTINE
Prospect Park, Pa.
His name may be Blanchflower, but a flower he isn't. Cheers for his just-one-truth approach to TV sports "color." His was the pause that refreshed, and, more important, informed. Too bad Danny Blanchflower was just a pause. He and soccer and TV sports reporting deserve better.
As a citizen of the State of New York and of the United States, I greatly mourned the tragic death of Senator Robert Kennedy this past week. Although I was never a great advocate of the Senator's political ideology, I held a deep respect for him as an individual and as a human being. Thus I was shocked when a majority of major league baseball teams played out the schedule on the day of his funeral and on the day of national mourning. To me, this entails a public display of a lack of national pride, human sensibility and general common sense.