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October 23, 1972
COVERAGE Sirs:As a native of Beaver County, Pa., I am always glad to see hometown figures receive national recognition such as your Oct. 9 cover story on Joe Namath. But it is thoroughly disappointing when an event that completely eclipses Joe's is put somewhere in the inner pages.
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October 23, 1972

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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I think you did a good job reporting on the upcoming hockey season, especially on the WHA. But I don't see how you can pick a team like Winnipeg over a team like the Minnesota Fighting Saints. The Saints did not just go for two or three of the star players in the NHL, they filled their lineup with proven players.
New Hope, Minn.

I have waited a long time to see my sentiments expressed in print, and Tom Meschery's article ("There Is a Disease in Sports Now...," Oct. 2) could not have done it better. Thank you for having the honesty to publish it.

Someone once told me that hockey was one of the few sports left where love of the game was still keen. Now that bubble has burst. Heaven only knows what will happen to swimming after Mark Spitz.

I hope the right people, i.e., the owners, the players and the press, will read Meschery's article, do some deep thinking and take positive action to redirect sports in this country.
Fort Worth

Hopefully this article will be read and understood by many who love basketball and sport in general. All is not right with the game—or business—of sport, and Tom Meschery artfully points this out. His love for the game is obvious throughout the article, which makes his indictment all the more powerful. My hope is that there will be more voices like Meschery's speaking from within.
Vilas, N.C.

Tom Meschery is a sensitive and perceptive man. I believe he reflects the attitude of many people who follow college and pro basketball. That loyalty and integrity have fled from the game is sufficient evidence that big-time basketball today exists not for the purpose of entertainment but for obtaining more and more money by any means possible. Perhaps the people who love the game most, the fans, should voice their disgust as Meschery has done. Maybe then the businessmen who control basketball will finally realize that some of its original ideals must return.

John William Lee's narrative describing his out-of-breath ascent of Japan's sacred Mt. Fuji (Ye Gods! What's Up!, Oct. 2) provided two types of information. First, his story brought to your readers an insight into what a memorable experience a climb up faraway Mt. Fuji can be. Second, his physical condition can be likened to the poor and dangerous physical condition of many people today. Using Mr. Lee as an example, perhaps he could have enjoyed the physical beauty of his unexpected hike more and worried less about the state of his heart, lungs and legs if he had taken time to do some type of exercise regularly. Regardless, let's be glad Mr. Lee returned from his hike tired but no less the worse for wear.
Colorado Springs, Colo.

I climbed Mt. Washington in New Hampshire this past August and was disappointed by how civilization had encroached upon the summit. However, after reading John William Lee's account of the filth and overcrowding on Fujiyama, a mountain I thought naively to be a pristine, isolated peak not often attained, I realized how relatively unspoiled Washington is in comparison. Thanks for the warning, Mr. Lee; that's one mountain I won't waste my money, equipment or eyes on.
Portsmouth, R.I.

The story by Robert Boyle (One Man's Family, Sept. 25) was most interesting to me, a lady who is not a football fan but is interested in the air we will breathe.

You broke the "news blackout" that it may be nine years before the New York Giants have their new home in the Jersey Meadowlands—and, let us pray, never there. The question of where the Giants will play for the next nine years was left unanswered.
New York City

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