Keep it up, Dick; keep coaching, a rarity in the NBA.
Regarding your fine article on Chicago Coach Dick Motta, Frank Deford states that Motta and Milwaukee Coach Larry Costello are the only NBA coaches with high school coaching experience. Upon checking the records, you may find that Portland Trail Blazer Coach Rolland Todd also fits into that exclusive category. Considering the excellent job Todd did with his expansion team last season, I think it is entirely fitting that he be grouped with the more successful Motta and Costello. However, in no way did this oversight detract from your article. Motta is truly an exceptional man.
APO New York
HIGH SCHOOL SCENE
I think Carlton Stowers' article A Pride of Lions in Cattle Country (Nov. 1) is not only a tribute to Coach Gordon Wood and the Brownwood ( Texas) Lions but a tribute to all high school teams and coaches across the nation. Woody, Ara and Bear have long been gaining recognition for their accomplishments, and I think it's time we saluted the Gordon Woods. Not just anyone can get a 143-pound fullback to run for daylight!
THREE FOR THE SHOW (CONT.)
As an ex-jock and one who has been involved in radio and TV for the past nine years, I read your story on Howard Cosell, Don Meredith and Frank Gifford (What Are They Doing with the Sacred Came of Pro Football? Oct. 25) with a great deal of interest. I've known Howard for years, and I find him to be one of the most intelligent and stimulating of men, though I don't always agree with his pronouncements. His blanket statement about jocks not having specialized knowledge is ridiculous.
One of Howard's gripes about ex-jocks, and all sports announcers, is that they don't tell it "like it is." Howard hasn't been doing his homework. I place the late Don Hoak of the Pirates, Tom Brookshier of CBS Sports and myself in the category of being accurate and being honest.
This sounds like a pitch for the so-called color men, but it's not meant to be. There is no doubt that the play-by-play men still carry the ball, and that's the way it should be. However, I feel the ex-jock color men have also made a valuable contribution to radio and TV sports reporting.
THAT OLD GANG OF ALLEN'S
I was overjoyed with your article on the Redskins (The Ice-Cream Man Cometh, Oct. 25). The outstanding performance of the Over the Hill Gang has done much to soothe the pain of the Senators' departure. But, more important, our 'Skins have produced a winner in a town that has been starving for winners. Their early success has proven that Washington is a good sports town when it has a team that is not floundering in the depths of mediocrity.
After moving to Washington in 1959 I watched the Redskins in anguish and good faith for 10 years. Even after I left Washington, for the snow and skiing of Colorado, I always read the Monday paper to see how my Redskins had done on Sunday. But not until this year have I ever been so proud of a football team. I hope Washington goes all the way! Thank you, George Allen.
Snowmass-at- Aspen, Colo.
Congratulations to SI and John Underwood for the very fine article. But I guess the "old men" will have to beat Kansas City before anybody believes they are for real.
Now that the Saints have won the two victories you predicted for them (Scouting Reports, Sept. 20), I'd like to bring you up to date on the team. J. D. Roberts has done the best job with young material of any coach in the league. Our "leaky" defensive line dumped Cowboy Quarterback Craig Morton three times behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL; it also forced three interceptions and two fumbles. Our "leaky" secondary made three interceptions and held Duane Thomas to 58 yards rushing. And our "leaky" offensive line enabled Archie Manning to run for two touchdowns. Many other teams could use some "leaky" lines, if that's how "leaky" lines play.