I cannot resist pointing out something quite ironic about Underwood's article. While he examines in detail the football situation at the University of Maryland, he fails to mention that the only sport for which the Terrapins are nationally prominent—the only sport in which they have won the national championship within the last 15 years—is lacrosse, and at Maryland the lacrosse coach is none other than John Howard, a well-respected member of the English faculty. If for no other reason than to improve his powers of written expression, Underwood should have consulted Professor-Coach Howard.
MICHAEL F. MEWSHAW
VOTE OF CONFIDENCE
We do not know what ABA owners you are referring to as being dissatisfied with our president, Jim Gardner, but, for sure, the Miami Floridians are certainly not dissatisfied. Jim Gardner is playing the game according to the NBA rules. They initiated this battle by stealing Connie Hawkins. Now that we have decided to fight back, they are hollering foul play.
We think Jim Gardner is doing an excellent job and we are 100% behind him. Jim is exciting, articulate and completely honest, and he can be counted on to keep his word. We are proud of him.
DR. THOMAS F. CARNEY
Thanks for the long overdue article on one of the great young drivers of our day (Hail to King Jackie! Sept. 22). Jackie Stewart represents the new birth of racing enthusiasm and your article was exceedingly timely with the World Championship Grand Prix season opening in this hemisphere.
American interest in motor racing is at an alltime high, especially here in Minnesota. Amateur sports car racing in the Twin Cities not long ago meant a few dozen cars going around pylons on the Met Stadium parking lot. It grew to a seldom-used runway and now, finally, to one of the finest road-racing facilities in the U.S. at Donnybrooke. In fact, another major road course is being planned for this area.
It is time for American road racing to be recognized as a major league sport.
Robert Cantwell's article on sport movies (Sport Was Box-Office Poison, Sept. 15) was somewhat misleading. He failed to mention the good and the excellent ones such as This Sporting Life (Rugby), Champion (Kirk Douglas' boxing movie), Requiem for a Heavyweight (Rod Serling), Body and Soul (John Garfield's classic), Angels in the Outfield (Paul Douglas' comedy), The Fighter, Jim Thorpe—All American (with Burt Lancaster) and the great British film Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. These movies were all better than those Cantwell mentioned because they used sport to gain insight into man's feelings, motivations and shortcomings and showed athletes as real people and not supermen.
If recollection serves me correctly, I fear the otherwise delightful article for both sports and movie bull's by Robert Cantwell was marred by at least one factual error. Mr. Cantwell writes that Lou Gehrig made only one film, called Hawaiian Buckaroo. What about a little gem called Rawhide, in which he cleaned up the local rustlers by picking them off one by one with billiard balls? Maybe Hawaiian Buckaroo became Rawhide before it got to the suburbs.
I am surprised that Mr. Cantwell missed a chance to discuss treatment of sports and crime in such colossal epics as Rackety Rax and 70,000 Witnesses.
A. SPENCER BRAHAM
Falls Church, Va.
NOT SO FAST
In his article on college football (The First 100 Years, Sept. 15) Dan Jenkins says, "There is a saying today that pro football has become the national game, one insinuation being that baseball no longer is...." What is all this talk about baseball being dead? It is true that main of the magic names are gone. The names that meant baseball: Ruth, Gehrig, Cobb, Alexander and Johnson. This loss does not mean the game is dead. Who are they that insist baseball is dead?