How can you pick the Russians over the Americans in Olympic basketball (
Mexico 68, Sept. 30)? True, the Russians have several big men, but I'll stick with the U.S., with the U.S.S.R. second and Brazil or Yugoslavia third.
JOSEPH POWESKA JR.
I hope you won't think I'm against the U.S.—or any other country in the Olympics—but as a resident of Colombia, South America for 8� years I think I have the right to tell you that your rating in the cycling events is all wrong. Wait till you see Colombia's team.
In your analysis of likely candidates to win the 800-meter event at the Olympic Games, there is no mention of Ireland's Noel Carroll. Keep an eye on this dark horse—he will be there at the finish.
Your coverage of the U.S. Olympic Trials at Echo Summit was, as usual, excellent (Triumph and Tragedy at Tahoe, Sept. 23). However, in mentioning the many heroes and disappointments of the trials, you failed to recognize one of the most exciting and significant aspects: the fact that at least two of the members of the U.S. track and field team will have to take time away from their high school classes in order to participate! I refer to High Jumper Reynaldo Brown and Pole Vaulter Casey Carrigan. To the best of my knowledge only one other Olympic competitor from the U.S. has reached this pinnacle at such an early age: Jim Ryun.
?The parents and friends of U.S. Olympic gymnasts, not to mention swimmers, might disagree (see below).—ED.
You goofed and you are now in for a typical parent's reaction. On page 48 of your Sept. 30 issue you pictured 15-year-old Cathy Rigby as the youngest gymnast on the U.S. team. Not so. Our 15-year-old daughter, Diane Bolin born Jan. 28, 1953, is the youngest. Cathy Rigby was born Dec. 12, 1952. So there you have it.
The girls are good friends and roomed together at Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe. The team flew to Denver on Oct. 3 for uniform fittings and then on to Mexico. Naturally, we (the proud parents) will be in Mexico City for the Olympics.
SALUTES AND SALVOS
I greatly enjoyed Tex Maule's article, The Young Generals (Sept. 30). I was glad to see that Mr. Maule recognized the great potential of Ram Quarterback Roman Gabriel to become the next Johnny Unitas. I enjoyed the article so much, I almost forgave him for placing the Colts over the Rams in his Coastal Division predictions (Pro Football, Sept. 16).
Culver City, Calif.
Tex Maule dispensed with Fran Tarkenton much too hastily. Even granting that statistics alone do not provide the surest guide for appraising quarterback excellence, consider the fact that Tarkenton, at only 28 and despite having played with the relatively weak Vikings and Giants, has already become 1) the fifth-ranking quarterback on the alltime-leading-passer list, and 2) the fourth best (to Unitas, Jurgensen and Starr) statistically among quarterbacks for the last seven years. It is difficult to comprehend why Tarkenton is not heralded as a superstar quarterback, instead of being praised as simply an exciting scrambler.
GARY C. KARSHMER
May I ask why Mr. Maule continues to ignore Sonny Jurgensen? He states in the Sept. 30 issue that Bart Starr is the only quarterback considered the equal of Johnny Unitas. In the season's preview Mr. Maule said that Washington's passing records were deceiving. It seems to me that the more passes a quarterback has to throw the harder it is for him to keep up good percentages. Surely this is true of Sonny Jurgensen. He must throw no matter what situations are confronting him, because of a nonexistent running attack. If Jurgensen had the offensive line and defensive teams that Starr and Unitas have, he would undoubtedly surpass them, if he has not already. Please give No. 9 a chance!