I would like to nominate Christos Papanicolaou for Sportsman of the Year. His 18-foot pole vault went largely unnoticed in this country, yet this feat will rank as one of the greatest athletic accomplishments of all time.
I would like to nominate Tom Dempsey for Sportsman of the Year. His courage and drive should be an inspiration not only to those like him but to the whole world. He proved that the "impossible" can be accomplished.
GARY L. ROSS
What better candidate can be offered than Margaret Court? She has won all of the major tennis titles in fine sportsmanlike fashion and has distinguished herself as the year's best tennis player.
I would like to place in nomination the names of my co-candidates for Sportsman of the Year. Half my nomination is Dandy Don Meredith. The other, Keith Jackson, is not an athlete, but he is a sportsman nonetheless.
Why do these two deserve the award? Because, probably just a little more than the rest of us, they must put up with Howard Cosell every Monday night on national television.
DAVID S. HERBEIN
I would like to nominate that old sport himself, Howard Cosell. His views aren't agreeable to everyone, but at least he stimulates opinion and gets the public thinking about the issues in college and professional athletics.
Evergreen Park, Ill.