Garry Valk's LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER in the Jan. 27 issue commenting on Frank Deford's football story, The Year of the Great Fan Draft, was a timely one. I had just begun to gather some material for a possible story on this subject, and the tentative title is Let's Kill the Color. The television networks could save a good deal of money by just letting us fans watch the game and seeing to it that TV Guide or the daily papers carried a numbered roster, as a good many of them do.
I have a different halftime procedure from Frank Deford's: I turn off all the sound and, after noting the time carefully, get up and take a walk. This not only eliminates the annoyance of the announcer and the color men, but it also saves me from having to listen to those blaring commercials and the halftime shows and interviews. As for the game itself, all I need is an occasional look at the clock; I can count the downs. I've been doing it for 50 years, even before there were any TV announcers or P.A. systems.
FRANK C. McMANUS