George Allen's A Hundred Percent Is Not Enough (July 9) is truly superb. Here is a man who exhibits the qualities and beliefs on which this great nation was founded: hard work has its just rewards. It was a tremendous article, showing perhaps the greatest football mind the game has ever had.
BARRY G. HASTINGS
A Hundred Percent Is Not Enough should put an end to all speculation of how George Allen was able to convert the Redskins from a perennial loser to an NFL powerhouse in one year. This thought-provoking article should be mandatory reading for high school and college students. It is a scholarly lesson for all of us.
You might be interested to know that despite his complete dedication to the Redskins on an around-the-calendar basis Coach Allen still finds time to devote attention and effort to community and charitable endeavors here in Washington. I also can safely say that he gets 110% loyalty from his players, which in the world of the NFL is a real accomplishment.
ROBERT M. JOHNSON
Member, Board of Governors
Touchdown Club of Washington
Amid much fanfare from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, the Lombardiesque philosophy that winning is the essence of life is apparently enjoying a renaissance, with its disciple now being Coach George Allen of the Washington Redskins. How sad. While some of Allen's sayings ("Never take anything for granted" is an example) arc commendable, others such as "Winning is living" are repulsive. Some people feel that competing and enjoying are a bigger part of life than winning. By this I mean that if a person tries as hard as he can (another Allenism) yet still doesn't win, he may feel just as elated as one who has set a world record. A couple of good examples of this are the Special Olympics and the Wheelchair Olympics. For the people involved in these types of competition there is pure joy in just being able to participate. And if they lose, they do not "die a little."
Maybe Mr. Allen's philosophy "Every time you win, you're reborn; when you lose, you die a little" is good in the narrow world he occupies, but real life does not necessarily work that way.
Come on. George Allen doesn't tell it exactly like it is. He failed to explain that his 110% attitude has included such tactics as trading nonexistent draft choices.
The article by George Allen with Joe Marshall has given me a different viewpoint on Mr. Allen. Until now I had thought of him as a relentless man who cared only about winning games and not about people as individuals. Now I realize that in addition to an intense desire to win, which any good coach must have, he also has deep concern for others and a lot of common sense about life in general. He is very much a human being and many of us have a lot to learn from his philosophy of life.
New York City
All George Allen needs is a giant cookie cutter. Then he could really mold his personnel into the players he wants. Gee, I can remember way back when sports were fun.
NEW STAR IN TEXAS
Thanks for the in-depth story of David Clyde's first game for the Texas Rangers (Bonny Debut for Clyde, July 9). The people of the Dallas-Fort Worth area are finally excited over the Rangers. Last year we went to Arlington Stadium for the novelty of seeing our major league team; this year there was no reason to go—until Clyde came along.
Congratulations on a fine article on rookie Pitcher David Clyde. I agree, though, with Ranger Manager Whitey Herzog: they are asking too much too soon.