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TOO MANY COOKS
These rules were written by me and copyrighted. I am at a loss to understand why your good magazine handles your facts in such a capricious manner. Your story states that the rules were the work of Ali's father. I only hope that my "work" in the future will be as effortless as his.
I sincerely trust that his father and your fine publication will not take credit for my literary endeavors.
At any rate, before the East German girls' swimming team arrives in California next summer replete with "membrane-thin" swimsuits (A Big Splash by the Mighty M�dchen, Sept. 17), all American spectator sports had better begin to think of some reviving trends.
The balance between offense and defense in any sport seems to shift back and forth as new techniques are developed on first one side, then the other. Why disturb this natural cycle by monkeying with the rules? The integrity of the record book demands that the rules be protected from those who are more concerned with molding a marketable (though artificial) product than with enjoying the subtleties of an old and still fascinating sport.
MONDAY NIGHT EXCUSES
Last season I experimented with a plan to complete one constructive household task during each Monday evening game. This is relatively simple to do. For one thing, we are all aware that the paramount element in the Monday night entertainment is the commentary and conversation of the Theatrical Three. Moreover, should a big play occur when your eyes are focused elsewhere, there is always instant replay (which may show the play more clearly than the live shot, since a good play often fakes not only the defense but Camera One as well).