The demise of the minor leagues may not have been such a great loss.
South Bound Brook, N.J.
I want to congratulate Robert Boyle for his fine article concerning Mr. Abplanalp. Robert Abplanalp should be commended not only for his great success in the financial world, but for that very inventiveness that will greatly benefit mankind. I'm talking especially of his desalination gismo.
Recently he became an honorary member of the Honor Society of Fordham Prep, his former school. The award took place at the school's ground-breaking ceremony for a new building. Would you believe that the original design of the new structure resembled an aerosol can?
River Edge, N.J.
FAIR AND WARMER
In expanding professional football (For the Saints, Realignment Is a Love-in, Dec. 15) Tex Maule has gratuitously allocated franchises to Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver on some far-off lucky day for us Canadians. Of course, we'll have to have domed stadiums by then, Tex observes offhandedly.
A couple of notes:
a) Who said Canada wanted in—besides Tex, I mean? The baseball Expos tried to promote two preseason NFL games in Montreal last September, and both flopped (the paper said the Expos blew $100,000 on the two games). Some years ago I saw the Giants and the Bears play a preseason game in Toronto. They drew less than 5,000, so apparently nothing has changed.
b) I'm bewildered by the assumption there'll have to be domed stadiums if and when. Watching Detroit in the snow on last Thanksgiving Day, watching the 49ers play in a Minnesota blizzard and the Jets and the Chiefs in New York last Saturday, Canadians have to wonder just why in hell we're obliged to build domes.
Does anybody in your office own an atlas? Are you aware that Toronto is latitudinally south of present NFL cities Minneapolis and Green Bay? Do you know that Windsor, Ontario is across the river south of Detroit? Do you know that in an average winter Buffalo gets almost twice as much snow as Toronto? Do you know that Vancouver's climate is not much colder than San Francisco's—with less wind? And where in the world do you get the notion it's any warmer in New York or Boston or Philadelphia on any given Dec. 20 than it is in Toronto?
Mandatory domes, indeed.
T. G. HIGGINS
In response to the comments by Thomas C. Duddy over Coach John McKay's bone-headed call to go for the extra point rather than the two-point conversion in the USC-UCLA game, this play was widely discussed on TV sports shows and in newspaper sports sections on the West Coast. In a couple of interviews Coach McKay revealed that he had planned for the team to go for the extra two-point conversion, but when USC had scored to go ahead 13-12 there was such pandemonium, excitement and frenzy all around that the PAT team ran out on the field in jubilance, ready to add their one point to the score. Coach McKay was unable to organize the two-point conversion play as the kicking team had moved too quickly, and it was impossible to call them back. There were no USC time-outs left.
MIKE W. SMITH