Although the Crone family and friends insist I sue that scurrilous Mr. George Plimpton for what they feel is a scandalous article about my nephew, Eric Crone, 19, Harvard, I realize that Mayberry Fitzgerald caught him in the act (And the Curious Facts About Another "The Game," Nov. 22). However, some of the facts were incorrect, and I would like to set them straight.
Under separate cover I am mailing The Hat involved in The Game—not a Dobbs, size 7�, as reported, but a Cavanagh, 7? with the initials R.E.C.
After reading Mayberry Fitzgerald's article, my nephew Eric decided to dispatch the Yales early in the 1971 contest and Harvard won 35-16. He thereby averted a second end-zone caper and escaped George Plimpton's incredible investigative powers.
ROBERT E. CRONE
Jackson Heights, N.Y.
Thanks to Frank Deford for pressing for a moratorium on the most overused sports clich� of all time (Time for All Good Men..., Nov. 22). To hear Dandy Don Meredith speak anthropomorphically about good ol' Mo Mentum (who switched jerseys six times in the recent St. Louis-San Diego game), one would suspect that the MVP race has already been sewn up and the boys in Canton, Ohio arc just waiting to retire his number—if only Mo would stick with one number for a whole quarter or so!
MICHAEL J. CONNELLY
East Lansing, Mich.
Now that Frank Deford has generated the momentum for the anti-Momentum movement, may I suggest that all anti-anti-Momentum agitators send their voluminous petitions, signed or unsigned, to Howard Cosell, c/o Monday Night Clich�s. Maybe he'll moment 'em.
JOSEPH D. BANZ
Congratulations to the trio of Dan Jenkins, George Plimpton and Frank Deford for once again bringing back the off neglected humorous aspect of sports.
Of course, it's not difficult to determine why all three of these articles—Jenkins' on this year's Game of the Decade, Plimpton's on the Harvard-Yale game and Deford's on the sanctity of American sports clich�s—appeared in the same Nov. 22 issue. It's obvious that the reparteeists on the SI staff have picked up momentum.
As an appreciative sports fan with a particular liking for sports humor, I say thanks for the issue that I will affectionately think of as SI's Issue of the Decade.
CITY AND COUNTRY
I thoroughly enjoyed your Nov. 22 issue, what with Alice Higgins' article on the National Horse Show (Blues for an Orange Redhead) and Rudolph S. Ranch III's story of Elsie Morgan and the West Waterford Hounds (An Ounce of Prevention for the Banks and the Bogs). And when you added The Rediscovery of New York City by Coles Phinizy, I thought my week was made! There have been numerous articles about New York City lately, and I was all set for nostalgia. But you fooled me! I'm from Manhattan (love that island) but that Intrepid Six must have come from Brooklyn!
Wind and storm can be beautiful, and marshlands glistening in the rising sun can provide an unforgettable moment, but these voyageurs were too city-bred and too city-fed to even unearth oldtime tales or make up interesting new ones. For my money, this article was a bust!