It seems to me that Curry Kirkpatrick could have characterized John Roche and his teammates as great basketball players and not as street urchins. Kirkpatrick must think that Roche would rather hit a jaw than two points. How could any loyal Gamecock supporter believe that?
JOHN W. FOLSOM
If I were John Roche, the very next guy I'd slug would be Curry Kirkpatrick.
J. PATRICK DOHERTY
Elmwood Park, Ill.
Why don't you write a boxing article on South Carolina and a basketball article on North Carolina?
Curry Kirkpatrick's was an excellent portrait of Frank McGuire's "hotheads," as John Roche aptly described the South Carolina team. A lot of ACC fans have known for a long time that McGuire, Roche, Owens, Ribock and mates lack one important quality to go with their talent—class!
BARBARA A. JOHNSON
THE BOWLS RUNNETH OVER
The first part of Dan Jenkins' article The One-Day Season (Jan. 11) is the finest descriptive introduction to a three-bowl synopsis yet to be rendered in journalism circles. After that, it was a great recap of the bowl games. Congratulations on another fine literary presentation.
The bowl games are over, and the team you didn't mention in your article about the big three in the nation came out on top. Nebraska's coach doesn't play golf with rival coaches, give car commercials on television or carry on phone conversations with the President. Bob Devaney is just the nation's No. 1 coach with the No. 1 team. He who laughs last laughs best, and all of Nebraska is laughing now.
I would like to commend you on your article on the San Diego Gulls hockey club (A Not So Silent Minority, Jan. 4). I am a very ardent Gull fan and have listened to and watched many of their games. The Gulls are a very good team and are currently in second place in the Western Hockey League, behind the Portland Buckaroos. Mark Mulvoy wrote a very good piece but he left out one important thing. He forgot to mention Bob Courcy, who is currently the WHL's scoring leader.
I am sure that there are many San Diegans who think that the Gulls could beat some of the National Hockey League teams, and I am one of them.
LAWRENCE J. GOLDZBAND
La Mesa, Calif.
It's about time the National Hockey League people woke up and noticed that the WHL teams and cities are just as capable of producing large crowds, good players and exciting action. Congratulations to Mark Mulvoy on a fine, well-written piece.
Mark Mulvoy is fast becoming the Western Hockey League's favorite sportswriter. This started in your Dec. 14 issue, when he reported on the Vancouver Canucks, who were until last year a WHL team. Now he comes back with another article in the Jan. 4 issue on the San Diego Gulls. All Gull fans can tell you that we love the Gulls as they are, and we do not really want an NHL franchise. At the present time we are hoping and rooting for a Lester Patrick Cup this season. Congratulations to Mark Mulvoy and SI for great articles concerning the world's fastest sport!
La Jolla, Calif.