Rx FOR TROUBLE
Hooray for men like Tom Meschery ('There is A Disease in Sports Now...Oct. 2)! No one can dispute his qualifications in describing professional sports as being diseased. He's been there.
As Mr. Meschery points out, the fan encourages the plague by paying the outrageous price. Last year I received four Laker tickets ($6.25 each) as a gift. Parking ($1.65), soft drinks and popcorn brought the tab to $30. My three boys asked about attending another game. My answer was to the effect that unless I received a gift again there was no way we could attend. Enough of the ridiculous salary demands. The fan pays for them. Tom Meschery has my vote as professional of the year.
Unfortunately, the same brutal honesty Tom Meschery uses to establish a devastating case against pro and college basketball's capitalistic barons also costs him his most important audience.
The players and owners are aware of the disease, so he obviously wasn't aiming his attack at them. The real target, I would think, are the parents of aspiring athletes. When he offhandedly admits that 1) "much of my thinking is socialistic" and 2) "if the players took pills, I never saw them do it and I wouldn't have tried to stop them if I had," no parent is going to understand why he shouldn't have stopped his players from breaking rules and laws. I agree with his arguments, but I fear he has alienated his audience with irrelevancies.
JERRY B. JENKINS
Carol Stream, Ill.
Thank you for the excellent article on Trinity University's Warren Woodson (When It Comes to Winning, He's the Most, Oct. 2). It's a fine tribute to an outstanding coach.
I feel compelled to correct one misstatement in the article, however. To my knowledge, no San Antonio businessman ever "volunteered to dig up money for grants" if our board of trustees would reverse its decision to place athletic scholarships on the basis of financial need. I did not receive even one such offer. The board decision, incidentally, was supported by both the university faculty and the student council.
E.M. Stevens provided funds for our new stadium so that the university could save the cost of renting the much larger Alamo Stadium near our campus as well as gain income from the concessions. Thus, the net cost of our program was further reduced.
Finally, as noted in the article, Trinity University indeed "is better known for tennis." In fact, Trinity is the current NCAA national champion and included four All-Americas on its team this year.
President, Trinity University
?SI Correspondent Johnny Janes, columnist for the San Antonio Light, insists the statement about businessmen was correct.—ED.
Your account of the Nebraska-Army game (FOOTBALL'S WEEK, Oct. 2) was ludicrous. Bob Devaney was so "eager" to run up a score that he wouldn't allow the reserves to throw a single pass in the fourth quarter. Devaney has never run up a score in his life, and everybody knows it.
Nebraska City, Neb.