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February 08, 1971
BLUNDER BOWLSirs:I have had it! All the sportswriters and sportscasters called the Super Bowl a comedy of errors. You called it the Blunder Bowl (Eleven Big Mistakes, Jan. 25). Admittedly both teams made mistakes, but it was the defenses that caused the mistakes. For anyone who likes defensive battles this one topped them all. I thought it was a great game.
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February 08, 1971

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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The first thing that must be eliminated is the win-at-all-costs ethic. Winning is good, but not if by winning all you do is over-inflate the already inflated egos of the coach and the superior athletes while those on the bench suffer. You have to form a balance where all players on the team develop a sense of camaraderie and teamwork. In this way you make the inferior athlete feel like he is contributing to the team and also somewhat suppress the overinflated ego of the superior athlete. The only way to achieve this balance is to allow all players to participate in games regardless of talent.

I realize that this would not be practical in professional sports, but I think that on a college or high school level and below, this would not only be practical but desirable.
Middletown, N.J.

Joe Jares' article about the psychological hang-ups of athletes was absolutely outstanding. I am a high school swimmer, and I often get depressed when I do not attain my goals. I continually dream of athletic stardom, and I always try to analyze my psyche to see if I am in the right state of mind for practices and meets. After reading Jares' article I would like to turn my case over to "The Shrinks." Please send me the address.
Wyncote, Pa.

Please extend my heartfelt sympathy to all the coaches and future coaches of America. If this movement takes any kind of a lead, we're all in big trouble. Is there no room left for creativity and individual thought?
Plainview, N.Y.

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