GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
After reading articles on bird watching and dart throwing, I wondered what was left for you to write about. Sandy Treadwell's article on tabletop football ("Dice Ball Keeps the Mind Fit," Nov. 17) came as a pleasant surprise, since my friends and I are part of the growing cult of armchair quarterbacks in search of fulfillment.
It was quite a disappointment to see Mr. Treadwell give the game a poor image by writing about the exploits of a group of overgrown children like the DFL. While they are well organized and have a great deal of fun, some of their stunts seem neurotic and don't reflect the behavior of all who play the game. Mickey Mouse hats and leopard skins? Ridiculous!
My friends and I are high school students and play Strat-O-Matic's game as another way to satisfy our appetite for football. The only thing approaching odd behavior in our games is a 16-year-old with a PEACE button screaming for Ray Nitschke to kill Joe Namath.
My vote, and surely yours, must be cast for Snoopy as Sportsman of the Year. This lovable character symbolizes fulfilled desires ( New York Mets) and hopes, yet to be fulfilled ( Boston Bruins). As a shortstop on Charlie Brown's misfits, he constantly delights the reader with his base-running ability and heroics. As a hockey player, he is envied by Bobby Hull for his slap shot. Even the Red Baron fears him!
Snoopy symbolizes conquered horizons and hope for all.
RICHARD S. SEIGLE
Even we West Coasters concede that the Sportsman of the Year is an Easterner—Joan Payson.
Bill Russell now belongs to basketball's history books. The historians will need a cluster of chapters to chronicle the career of this most remarkable man and athlete. I suggest you make him your Sportsman of the Year again.
H. C. BROWN JR.
My nomination for Sportsman of the Year is the most dominant force a sport has ever known, Wilt Chamberlain. Take a look at the records. He wanted to score, so he did—27,000 points. He's always been the best rebounder. A couple of years ago he decided to become a feeder, so he led the league in assists. His defense is terrific, and he is the best at intimidating opposing players. Those who said Russell was better are wrong. In terms of ability no one is better. Wilt has received many awards. Now it is time to add this one.
ROBERT STEELE JR.
I would like to nominate Don Maynard of the New York Jets. He has gained more than 10,000 yards and made more than 83 touchdowns in his career. Without his quick hands and moves, I believe that Joe Willie Namath's pass completion records would not be so impressive.
I would like to nominate Ted Williams. Although remembered as a great hitter he will also be known as one of baseball's greatest managers.
Santa Cruz, Calif.