Detractors claim that Cosell and Meredith are engaged in ego trips. So what? John Wayne has been on an ego trip since before Dandy Don was born, and he must be one of the few super superstars of all time. This is a new form of TV entertainment, and ABC is the founder. The other two networks are simply jealous.
RAYMOND S. THOMPSON
South Bound Brook, N.J.
While your preview of the 1971-72 pro basketball season (Oct. 25) was interesting, it seemed far too brief and in a few cases misleading. Your statement, "Put the Bucks down for the playoffs—and the title," was perhaps a little too speculative. While few will argue that the Bucks will lead a strong Midwest Division, the New York Knicks might disprove your assessment as to their title chances. After all, New York beat Milwaukee in four games out of five last season with Center Willis Reed suffering from knee problems that an operation has since alleviated. If the Bucks make it to the playoffs, the Knicks will be able to show them that championships are far easier to lose than to retain. This the Knicks have learned from experience.
I find it hard to believe that you could pick Seattle to win the Pacific Division. The Los Angeles Lakers have two superstars in Chamberlain and West and one of the most promising forwards of all in Jim McMillian.
I couldn't help but notice your annual write-off of Elgin Baylor. What you said about his being too old at 37 and too scarred after another operation may at long last be true. However, it seems we've heard all this before.
The overall 1970-71 performance of Atlanta's Pete Maravich may have been "less than pluperfect," but no one can be more than perfect—except, perhaps, Jabbar of Milwaukee.
GERALD ROBERT SOLOMON
NEW ENGLAND VERSION
Your article on the New England Patriots (Don't Pity the Pats, Oct. 18) is one of the funniest I have ever read. After following the Patriots, I can sympathize with everything Robert Boyle wrote about. The era of the Boston Patriots ( Mike Holovak and Clive Rush) is over. The era of the New England Patriots ( John Mazur, Upton Bell and Jim Plunkett) is just beginning. The Pats are finally a major league organization. Thank you for recognizing it.
My thanks to SI for a most interesting and amusing article on a team that has accomplished a previously unheard-of feat. The New England Patriots have lured Rhode Island's multitude of Giant fans away from their easy chairs and television sets into those backless bench seats at Schaefer Stadium. The previously hapless "ham and eggers" of the NFL have finally been given the support that New England's other major league teams have been showered with year after year. The Patriots more than deserve the fans that they have attracted during the past 12 months of upheaval. Go, Pats!
HERBERT E. STEVENS
HUMAN RELATIONS (CONT.)
In response to the article The Man Cut Out for the Job (Oct. 11), I feel strongly that something must be said about Coach Cicero A. Frye. To me, it doesn't make any difference what color a man's skin is. A man can be judged only by what he believes in, by what he strives for and by the way in which he regards his fellow man. In these respects Coach Jerome Evans far excels many men.
However, I think Coach Frye has been misunderstood. I know the man well, and I am certain that he has instilled some very important qualities in many young men, myself included. C.A. Frye wanted to be a winner. Success was his strictest rule at Williams High; maybe too strict. His heart was in everything he did. Can people in Burlington, N.C. rightfully say that Frye was wrong? Do they know that many people who played for him couldn't have cared less whether they won or lost, just so they had a uniform and a seat on the Bulldog bus? Frye gave his efforts to those who really wanted to win, but can you blame him? Who are we to judge a man, anyway?
Jerome Evans and C.A. Frye will long be remembered in Burlington. I just hope everyone can know that, like Mr. Evans, Coach Frye was doing what he believed in, and he was doing his best to achieve it. Perhaps Frye was a victim of circumstances, circumstances that allowed many nonunderstanding people to cast shadows on him. Jerome Evans and C.A. Frye are both winners. I'm just sorry that Coach Frye had to be made to look like a loser in Burlington.