Way to go, SI. You've really done good this time. I've lived in Clearwater, Fla. for a good while and have always looked forward to Phillies exhibition games. Not two hours before I saw your March 10 issue I had been to a Phillies-Reds exhibition game. I saw Lee May put one over the left-field sign your artist drew. Right there in front of my eyes was the same scene, pictured on paper, that I had just seen "live." And on the next pages your artist pictured our own Jack Russell Stadium to a "T." The batting cage is the same, and you even have two little boys sitting out on the wall where they watch the games for free. I am proud that you picked good old Clearwater to represent spring training.
STOOP TO CONQUER?
Regarding your article on Vince Lombardi (Arararararargh! March 3), I regret to see aggrandized a man who has broken a contract, who has assumed, to the displeasure of an organization, that his friends would release him from his contract in spite of having allowed him to do almost consistently what he wanted to do. I liked Mr. Lombardi. Without question he is an unusual and a great man. I do not like a man breaking his word and taking advantage of friends.
F. M. YOUNG
Veni, vidi, Vince Lombardi.
MORE THAN PROMISES
May I suggest that the title of Bob Ottum's excellent article on the skiing at Squaw Valley and the figure skating at Colorado Springs (Promises, Promises—and More, March 10) might be appropriate if the word "promises" were given secondary rather than primary emphasis. The men's figure-skating championship at Colorado Springs was won for the first time in 10 years by an American. Tim Wood, after a near-perfect performance in the delicate tracing of the compulsory figures, put on a dazzlingly dramatic free-skating program, so boldly executed that three of the judges awarded him perfect marks, "a performance," to quote Ottum, "that rendered adherents of that sport speechless." His entire performance was almost flawless and puts Wood on a par with—if not ahead of—the best of his predecessors. So, as a title more befitting the performances of Billy Kidd and the others at Squaw Valley and of champion Tim Wood et al. at Colorado Springs, I beg to suggest Achievement—and Promises, Promises.
New York City