Your football "expert" (College Football 1970, Sept. 14) was certainly right about Air Force not treating its fans to last-second thrills. When a team is averaging more than 40 points per game, the good old fans are exhausted by the end of the game.
DONALD J. BARRETT
Colorado Springs, Colo.
In your comments in SCORECARD (Sept. 28) regarding the signing by the Denver Rockets of Spencer Haywood and Ralph Simpson, I noted a trace of condemnation of the Rockets for this alleged "campus raiding." You failed to emphasize that both Haywood and Simpson approached the Rockets, not the other way around. John McLendon, who coached the Rockets at the start of the 1969-70 season, had also coached Haywood for the '68 Olympics. And Simpson and Haywood were high-school buddies.
The real problem is that professional sports have made no provision to handle hardship cases, athletes who have to help support families, go to school and play collegiate athletics on small scholarship aids. A simple regulation could make it mandatory for an athlete who must delay his education in order to make a livelihood to submit his name to the league commissioner. He could then be awarded to a team by a lottery-type drawing, provided the winning team made an appropriate offer.
In the meantime, we are thrilled to have two potential superstars on our team.
It is very disappointing to me that the only coverage you could give the Amateur Softball Association of America's 38th men's 12" fast-pitch tournament was three lines in FOR THE RECORD (Sept. 28). More than 28,000 teams compete for the distinction of being national champion.
It is unfortunate that your readers were unable to learn about the many exciting events that took place during the recent tournament. For instance, the Raybestos Cardinals of Stratford, Conn., who repeated as champions, are one of only a few teams in the history of this tournament to win back-to-back titles. Pitcher Bonnie Jones of the runner-up Detroit squad pitched a total of 66 innings in one week (including 26 in one day). This is an amazing feat in itself, and no major league baseball pitcher is that durable. And last but not least, my club, in its first year of national competition, was very fortunate to finish a respectable sixth.
Anixter Bros. Softball Team
As a loyal Aspen resident I feel forced to comment on Roger Rapoport's article (An Explosion in a Boom Town, Sept 14). Many of the author's facts were wrong and nearly all his statements suffered from gross exaggeration. Studio apartments can be found for as little as SI 10 a month: 8 x 36 trailers for $125 a month, not $200. The plan for the four-lane highway was canceled about a month ago. It is not being built. Development at Aspen-Wildcat has been nearly halted due to the price of development itself. An example of Rapoport's exaggeration: How can Aspen have its " Times Square aspects" when there is not one traffic light in the town? Jeep roads are not "jammed." Recently I traveled to Crested Butte by jeep and over the 50 miles of rough mountain country we saw only one other jeep.
Rapoport gets an "F" for reporting; however, perhaps this negative article will have a positive effect on Aspen. Maybe it will discourage those interested in moving here permanently. After all, who would want to come to "urban blight," "civic turmoil," "crime in the streets" and "people who are angry enough to blow up quaint Dutch windmills"?
Your article, Look, Ma, No Hands (Sept. 14), on air circus flying was of special interest to me because I was publishing the Sheldon, Iowa Sun when we staged an annual air show in town back in the '30s. These shows were outstanding from the standpoint of attendance and talent for a city of only 3,680 population at that time. Bill Sweet was the master of ceremonies, along with a Portis hat salesman from South Dakota named Putnam, who was billed, by himself, as "Everlastingly at It Putt."
Sweet could work the crowd to a high pitch with his feverish and frantic work on his loudspeaker. Roscoe Turner was the featured star, along with others whose names escape my memory. One of them flew an old biplane upside down and picked up a handkerchief from the turf, while Sweet screamed alarm all over the place.