KING OF THE SPORT
It makes horse sense that the feat (or feet) of Secretariat should earn him a nomination for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S Sportsman of the Year award. If it were up to me, there would be no neighs about it. And he certainly would know how to take it in stride.
Man o' War is dead. Long live Secretariat!
I am sure I am only one of many who will be fed up with the sport of kings after Secretariat is retired. Racetracks ask why their attendance continues to decline, but they must know the two reasons: 1) competing champions are given weights that cause them to lose to less-capable horses and 2) other potential champions are retired to stud before their prime.
In reality, horse racing is not the sport of kings—it isn't even a sport. It is a business venture for an elite group of Americans. Let's hear it for, say, football. Did the owners ever make John Unitas wear weights on his arm or force George Blanda into retirement?
Huntington Beach, Calif.
As an avid lacrosse follower I appreciate your excellent coverage of the Maryland-Johns Hopkins NCAA championship game (Not Quite a Terrapin Stew, June 11). Your objectivity and thorough knowledge of the players and their abilities, coupled with outstanding color photographs, make the article the biggest boon to "the fastest game on two feet" since the NCAA initiated a playoff system three years ago.
NELSON E. COFFIN
College Park, Md.
The article and pictures devoted to the NCAA lacrosse finals were very much appreciated. However, we feel that two important aspects of the game were neglected.
The first was the brilliant man-down defense executed by Johns Hopkins. Although we are unfamiliar with the exact statistics, Hopkins' shorthanded defense thwarted Maryland's advantage at least 10 times, and we believe that this enabled Hopkins to keep the game close. At one stage a Hopkins defender stole the ball on two successive man-down situations and cleared it to the attack via lengthy passes.
Second, much publicity has been given to Maryland's unbeatable face-off men. On that given Saturday, however, Hopkins did all right in that aspect of the game. It was evident Maryland was the better team, yet we feel due respect should be paid to Hopkins' man-down crew and face-off men.
West Hartford, Conn.
It was a beautiful article on lacrosse, with exceptional photography.
But Cortland State won the College Division title with victories over Adelphi, Massachusetts, Hobart and Washington College. Shouldn't that have rated a line or two in your FOR THE RECORD section? Cortland was an NCAA University Division semifinalist in 1972, losing to the University of Virginia, and has had national ranking for the last several years.
E. J. LALLEY