CROWNS AND HELMETS
Does your Mr. Mulvoy realize he is putting his neck in the same noose as your writer did last year by saying that Boston will end Montreal's reign and form the next dynasty in hockey ( Bobby Orr & the Animals, Feb. 3)? There are only two teams in hockey that can win the Stanley Cup, and they are both from Canada. American teams win the cup about as often as Montreal changes coaches—once in the last 13 years.
The Canadian teams don't have players who have long thick sideburns or wear bell-bottom pants. Their players hardly ever win scoring championships or fill up the All-Star team. In fact, Mr. Mulvoy might not recognize some of their names. But, funny thing, they always have the Stanley Cup.
So, Mr. Mulvoy should not become confused. If he wants to write about a collection of characters, then he just did. But, if he wants to pick a winning team, he must take his choice: Montreal or Toronto.
While I enjoyed Mark Mulvoy's article on the Bruins, there was one statement he made that should not be passed over without comment. According to Mr. Mulvoy, Bruin fans do not tolerate "timid players" and "particularly dislike players who wear helmets." Presumably, then, if a player wears a helmet he is especially timid. What's that make a player who wears shoulder pads? Why should the young players coming along be given the idea there is something timid about wearing a helmet?
I've been a Bruin fan for years but I'm no admirer of Boston fans or their standards. If last year's fatality had been an Orr or an Esposito, instead of Bill Masterton, perhaps the attitude in Boston would be different.
Most players admit helmets should be worn but say they can't get used to them. Yet they get used to wearing other protective equipment: shin guards, elbow pads, shoulder pads and the like. Why not a helmet?
If a player doesn't want to wear a helmet, that's his business, but let's not glorify his stupidity by confusing it with bravery.
C. H. MOULTON
Your Jan. 20 SCORECARD item entitled "Hogwash" hit very close to home for us. Our son, a student athlete at a western university on a football scholarship, was dropped during final exams of the fall quarter because he "didn't grow" to the coach's expectations. He was one of a number dropped from scholarship without being given a chance to compete.
As individuals we can do only so much alone. But after reading your sympathetic article, we thought maybe the support of your magazine would help. At present, we have contacted the NCAA requesting an investigation of this matter. So far the university has failed to inform us of the termination, not to mention a legitimate reason for its action.
We not only seek to aid our son's cause but hope to prevent further abuse of all sincere athletes, especially boys who have proven to be good students, athletes and citizens and not tall clowns just getting by.
MR. and MRS. L. T. MADIGAN
Daly City, Calif.