Your humorous article about Paul Haber (Just Like a Green Bay Tree, Dec. 1) and his method of living while winning handball championships was a real scream. I am sure it will be very funny to youth and genuine lovers of youth who are making an honest effort to set high standards of personal conduct and accomplishment. But then it was a really funny feature, and that's all we really care about, isn't it?
M. D. HANKS
Salt Lake City
As a cigarette-smoking, nonhandball-playing beer drinker, I nominate Paul Haber as the Sportsman of the Year.
I would like to nominate Bill Toomey for Sportsman of the Year. This year Toomey completed eight decathlons. In six of these eight he scored over 8,000 points. He has scored 8,277 for an American record. This year he also set a world pentathlon record with 4,123 points—44 points beyond the old world mark—and won the AAU title for the fifth consecutive time.
I would like to nominate Tex Maule for Sportsman of the Year. To come back for another year as a football analyst after his pre-Super Bowl article belittling Joe and the Jets (as well as his continuing anti-AFL propaganda) is courage at its best.
The team of the year is the New York Mets. The sports event of the year was the Mets doing the impossible.
Maybe they weren't the strongest team in baseball, nor the best in player-for-player performance. But they had the will to win against heavy odds. And the guiding spirit of the Mets was their manager, Gil Hodges. A year ago he was recovering from a heart attack. This year he led the Mets to the top. For years as a player and now as a manager he has displayed the finest qualities of sportsmanship: dedication, courage, teamwork, and he has been a source of inspiration to others.
Gil Hodges for Sportsman of the year.
Pacific Palisades, Calif.