I take strong issue with your opposition to nighttime televising of World Series games. Just because you people are permitted to "leave [your] desks to gather around a TV set for a couple of hours" doesn't mean that the majority of baseball fans enjoy such a privilege. It may come as a revelation to you that most of us work for employers who take a very dim view of taking time out to watch even a World Series. So please don't knock it when baseball's bigwigs give us working stiffs at least part of the Series in prime evening television time. We're hoping that eventually all seven games will be played at night, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED notwithstanding.
As always, your timely comments on events of day-by-day sports happenings are to the point. I refer to your comment concerning the television executives who picked the time when they wanted to televise the World Series, at the expense of the game itself. If they keep going, they'll have Uncle Sam and controls down their backs before they know it, and it will serve those money-hungry guys right!
I must commend your staff for a superlative article on the Green Bay Packers and their young and soon-to-be-great quarterback, Scott Hunter (Green Boy Turns with the Tide, Oct. 30). There is no doubt in my mind that Hunter is going to be a Starr of the future. Thank you very much.
GEORGE R. WOODS
Lowry AFB, Colo.
From this Packer fan thanks go to Tex Maule for a fine article on the absence of any Alabama-bred generation gap between the then and now Green Bay quarterbacks.
There has been a great deal of senseless anti-Devine sentiment in Packerland since Dan became coach. Perhaps now that a writer of Maule's prestigious stature has acknowledged Devine's accomplishments, the local "toilet paper makers" will become believers in the pleasing potency of "fine De-vine wine."
THE DAVIS CUP
Your article concerning the Davis Cup matches (
Mr. Smith Goes to Bucharest
, Oct. 23) was excellent. I think it is amazing that the United States has never recognized the fact that in any kind of international competition with Communist nations, we are always at a disadvantage. It seems we allow the administrators of athletics in those nations to make rules that are stupid and, in some cases, unfair. We also allow the antics of an Ion Tiriac to go unpunished.
After the Olympic robberies, we should take a good look at our participation in these international events. Let's insist on equal conditions for all athletes and fair and impartial officials. I am tired of hearing how everyone is "catching up to us." Our men and women need only fair conditions, and we will see how much catching up has been done.
Of course, when we do encounter inequities like those in Rumania, it is even more gratifying to ram it right down their throats. Hats off to Stan Smith and Eric van Dillen for their gutsy show.
KENNETH I. BUTLER
The good name of lawn tennis has been befouled by a pair of tennis thugs, aided, I may add, by the captain of their Davis Cup team.
The Rumanian umpire and linesmen knew no better—their responsibility was to do their utmost to defeat the U.S. team, and no set of officials ever performed more zealously. Their miscalls had to be seen to be believed. Certainly they went beyond the call of duty. A special medal should be struck off for them—an iron tennis ball with tennis racket cluster, perhaps.