Mark Mulvoy's article (See the Pucklings Wobble In, Feb. 28) showed that the World Hockey Association has a long way to go before it becomes established. So far it has been only a lot of talk about big-bonus contracts and very little action. It will take more than money, a few name players and different rules to get the WHA off the ground. It will take time, a good location and interested people. The WHA will have to go an even longer way to equal the caliber of play in the National Hockey League.
Sports are expanding too fast. It is too bad the dollar sign has become more important than pride and love for the game.
T. R. TRENDA
The article brings out one of the worst evils in our modern society, the power of money. There is only one possible reason a player would transfer from the secure NHL to the insecure WHA and that is to get more money. It will be interesting to see how many players really can be drawn away from a secure job to one very uncertain one.
If the new league survives it will be surprising. And if it does survive, it will just bring on another war like that between the NBA and the ABA, which could ruin the game of professional hockey.
St. Clair Shores, Mich.
As usual, the older league is laughing at the new. I am a fan of a league that was also laughed at once, the American Football League. The NHL should take heed.
In regard to your article Because a Steering Wheel Didn't Tilt (Feb. 28), I do not see why you put a knock on the Seattle Super-Sonics management and ownership just because Jim McDaniels decided he was fed up with conditions in Carolina. In the last college draft, McDaniels was the second-round pick of the Sonics. Thus, there was only one obvious place for him to turn, Seattle. I seriously doubt that any other team with a chance to land the seven-foot center would have turned its back.
I do wish, however, that the entire question of who owns whom could be ironed out by either the courts or Congress so we could be spared the game of musical chairs in the world of professional basketball.
As a disappointed pro basketball fan, I hereby request a $500 aggravation bonus for having to witness such an example of greed and whining dissatisfaction.
What kind of lawyers do the Carolina Cougars have that they would allow Jim McDaniels to break a $1,357,000 contract and go to Seattle?
It is easy to understand why Jim Chones turned professional. He is a hardship case.