Your article Who Are the Hub Men? (July 13) like many others expresses the opinion that Boston fans shun the Celtics and Patriots. Granted, neither of these two teams draws crowds equal to the Bruins' and Red Sox'. It should be pointed out, however, that the Celtics' average crowd and total seasonal attendance ranked in the top five of the NBA. Also, the Patriots have stirred up considerable emotion in the football fans of New England now that they have a place to play; they are a promising young ball club and it no longer holds true that the New York Giants dominate the football scene in our area.
The article was terrific but I had to disagree on those two points. It should also be pointed out that the Hub Men fall under two categories: the fan and the politician.
Frank Deford implies that professional basketball in Boston, namely the Celtics, is on the verge of leaving Boston because of hockey, the Bruins and a rumored minor league team. It seems to me that the true-blue Boston fans are forgetting some very important details: 1) the Bruins have won one title in 29 years, the Celts have won 11 in 13 and they've been in the playoffs 12 of those years; 2) It was the Celtics that focused national attention on Boston starting way back in 1957. The Bruins were strictly a fifth- and sixth-place team from 1960-67. It's true that the Bruins are on the way up while the Celtics are rebuilding, but how can a city put a losing football team and a minor league hockey team ahead of a team that has dominated its sport for a decade?
I sincerely hope this letter helps fans see the light.
Perhaps we Bostonians have not cared to alter our existing arenas and realign our athletic teams because we do not look upon them as merely detached business franchises. Rather we accept them and desire them to be an integral part of the Hub's own distinct culture and society and we love them as they are. This is why we feel justified in criticizing our teams as well as praising them, for they are as much a part of Boston as the city council. We of Boston have long known that there is something special about our town and its teams, and I for one thank SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for paying tribute to this uniqueness in such a superb article.
CHARLES F. KANE JR.
Mr. Deford suggests that the Hub Men are setting a precedent by not building a new stadium. Actually, the people of Denver have already set this precedent. The Hub Men should follow Denver's example and should, if practicable, renovate what they have, be it Fenway Park or Harvard Stadium.
You say that in the Battle of Bunker Hill (all right, Breed's Hill) the Americans were routed by the British, which is not completely true. Despite the fact that the Americans had to abandon their position atop the hill, the British suffered casualties almost 2� times those of the Americans, 1,054 to 449. This, contrary to Frank Deford's thinking, is not a rout of the Americans.
Concerning the lobster race won by Falcon (FACES IN THE CROWD, July 13): if the other contestants had been informed of the consequences of losing, the race might have had a different outcome.
I protest! I protest the method of rewarding the winner of the International Lobster Racing Championship. Eating all the losers will soon result in a new breed of speedy lobsters. And I can scarcely afford a decent lobster dinner as things are now. Do we never learn?
R. D. LOTTO
My pet turtle Fred seemed to be rather upset about the whole thing.