A BETTER SHAKE
Regarding your comment that the post-game handshake is becoming a "meaningless ritual" ("Wrong Rite," SCORECARD, Feb. 4), I can only say that I am appalled by your comparison of high school hockey with the NHL game. Your suggestion that the handshake be used only on special occasions, as in the NHL, may only lead to more comparisons—and eventually more likenesses—between the two levels of the sport, and that would be even more appalling.
These are not pro athletes who meet a dozen times a season. They are teams of young men playing for their schools and themselves, perhaps meeting just once. The day that such meetings end in cold stares and fistfights is a sad one for amateur sports. Discounting the ceremony is certainly no solution, nor should handshaking become "simply a demonstration of discipline." The handshake should remain as a sign of the friendship and respect that reign above all competition. I believe it should be reintroduced by high school coaches.
PETER K. SMITH
One of the cigarette advertisements has said of women, "You've come a long way, baby." The same motto might also apply to Betsey Johnson, who designed a few of those underdeveloped bathing suits for some delightfully developed females (Palmy Future for a Balmy Resort, Jan. 28). Since her cheer-leading days in the early '60s alongside the Syracuse University gridiron, Betsey has come a long way.
As a fellow Syracuse graduate, might I suggest that she design some new cheerleading outfits for her alma mater? Considering the football teams that Syracuse has had of late, it might create a little excitement and bring out the fans once again if the Syracuse cheerleaders entered ancient Archbold Stadium attired in something that left "more room for a tan."
JAMES Q. (Rabbit) ROEMER
In your Feb. 4 SCORECARD ("Next Question") you mention Marshall University's new on-campus sports building. For several years now, MU has looked forward to a new arena (to be combined with a civic center), but as o( now the Herd is still playing its home games at ancient Memorial Field House, which is of the snakepit variety—witness Marshall's 13-1 record there so far this season. So if Loyola Coach George Ireland did send a picture of our new gym to his president, it must have been a photo of the West Virginia Board of Regents or our city council discussing a dream.
JOE MOCK JR.
Huntington, W. Va.
?It was Oral Roberts University's new sports facility that captured Ireland's fancy. However, Marshall University fans in Cabell County, W. Va. will have a chance on May 14 to vote on a $10 million bond issue for a 12,000- to 14,000-seat Civic Arena.—ED.
FOR THE SUPERDOME
I should like to comment on the SCORECARD item "Excelsior" in your Dec. 24 issue. First of all, the latest cost estimate of the Louisiana Superdome is $163,313,215, not $162 million as you stated.
In 1966, when Louisiana voters approved the idea, a cost estimate was given of $35 million. However, the entire concept and location changed during the intervening period between 1966 and 1971, when the state legislature authorized a revenue bond issue of $129.5 million for the $150.2 million dome cost. A stadium with a capacity of 80,101 (for a Super Bowl game), which can also be utilized for conventions, trade shows, etc., and will produce revenue from 5,000 downtown parking spots, offices, restaurants, stores and medical clinic rentals, costs more to construct than the original design seating 50,000 and featuring only sports events.
We agree that the Superdome must clear $34,500 a day to break even. However, the following daily revenues are anticipated to cover costs, exclusive of events in the dome: $10,000 from downtown parking fees, $8,000 from a 4% hotel/motel occupancy tax, $2,000 from dome tours, $5,000 from advertising fees and $5,000 from rental space. Therefore, we feel confident in the Stanford Research Institute's prediction that we will be in the black within five years and believe their estimate of a $60 million profit over the life of the bond issue to be conservative.
The New York Times
has said, " The Louisiana Superdome will make all other stadiums in existence as obsolete as Rome's Colosseum." We in Louisiana are immensely proud of our facility and believe it will be a major world attraction for many years. We feel the world's biggest—and finest—urban event center is expensive but will be worth every dollar spent to build it.
BERNARD B. LEVY