Let's get rid of the six divisions, the "wild card" teams, the Mickey Mouse games. Two leagues are O.K., but let the teams with the best records play for the championship.
DAVID W. ELLIS
If any team in an NFL championship game in previous years had made the mistakes the Colts did, they would have lost by at least 30 points. And I cannot recall any team that was ever in the finals that was as offensively inept as Dallas.
P. WHITTINGTON WHITESIDE
No one has mentioned a second opportunity Baltimore had in the third quarter to kick a field goal. O'Brien missed a 52-yarder that was wide but almost long enough. Widby kicked out, and Gardin caught it on the Dallas 48 and tried to run with it. If he had signaled for a fair catch Baltimore could have elected to try a free kick. O'Brien would have had a 48-yard try with no worries or irritation. But rarely in modern football does a team take advantage of this provision in the rules for a free kick after a fair catch.
EDWARD J. (DOC) STOREY
Sandy Treadwell (Give Lefty a V, a V and..., Jan. 25) should bone up on his researching. He infers that Maryland has the best freshman team in the country this year. I'd put the UCLA freshman squad up against anybody. Maryland may have Tom McMillen, but UCLA has 6'10�" Bill Walton, a red-haired ball of fire with immense all-round ability.
Costa Mesa, Calif.
The outstanding freshman team is here at the University of Dayton. We have the best pair of freshman guards in the country in Donald Smith and Jack Kill.
THE FLOOR OF 500 NORTH
I was amazed at your foolish endorsement (SCORECARD, Jan. 18) of the suggestion to lengthen the time of National Basketball Association games to 60 minutes. It was stated that average games "run well under two hours" and that a longer game could produce "greater concession and radio-TV revenues." Do you honestly think that the average fan cares about the league picking up a few extra bucks? The delicate balance of an attractive sport should not be ruined just for television.
As for the argument that longer games would help the coaches and players because there would be more playing time for substitutes, this is the most ridiculous statement of all. NBA teams have lost much of their depth because of expansion and the conflict with the ABA. The high quality of NBA basketball would deteriorate if substitutes had to play more than they do now.
I say this idea may be fine for the television zombies who need only sit and watch as the players sweat it out for 12 minutes more than they are actually supposed to. It may also be good for the money-hungry radio and TV stations. But there are only so many players allowed on a team roster. Longer games mean greater chances for more players to get hurt. As it is, when a player is tired he is taken out and replaced, so it is still a team sport. Under the 60-minute rule a team that is behind will have to keep its starters in there longer than necessary. Then it will not be a team sport. This idea will only work with exceptional teams with strong benches, but the weaker teams won't have a chance.
I believe this type of modification would only be detrimental to the game of basketball.
In regard to your article We Have a Neurotic in the Backfield, Doctor (Jan. 18), I agree with Drs. Ogilvie and Tutko that adversaries cannot be friends while on the field, but I disagree with them about the character-building potential of sports. I believe sports can be very beneficial to a person's character if they are handled correctly.