Do you realize that Mike Riordan made your cover twice in 15 months (Nov. 13, 1972 and Feb. 18, 1974)? In both cases the Bullets were playing Boston and some guy wearing No. 17 for the Celtics got into the act Now your readers think that he is the one your photographer was really shooting. I hope you will straighten this matter out when the Bullets take the championship.
Silver Spring, Md.
It's about time someone realized that Pittsburgh's Panthers owned, for a few weeks, the longest winning streak in the country (Scratch One More Patsy, Feb. 18). I am a Pitt alumnus, a member of the "Band Era," when the only thing worth seeing at a Pitt sporting event was the band. Now Pitt has achieved an amazing turnaround in both football and basketball. And the band plays on.
Pitt's team is very much like the Miami Dolphins in their undefeated year: it has a somewhat easy schedule, a potent offense and a deceptive defense. But best of all is the intrusion of a new name in the Top Ten.
I read with dismay and disbelief the articles in your Feb. 18 issue on the 1974 Figure Skating Championships and the 1974 World Championships of Skiing.
As is true in other amateur sports in the U.S., criticism is expected and indeed welcomed by those who are involved with the particular sport. However, it is difficult enough in this country to solicit support, both morally and financially, for these two sports without receiving criticism such as you presented. Perhaps an in-depth study of the personal sacrifice and involvement of Dorothy Hamill, her relatives and friends and of the Ski Team organization might elicit enough help to present our unsung national athletes in a more favorable light both to your magazine and to the entire world. We shall look forward to appropriate contributions from you and your readers to reverse the trends which you have set forth.
WRIGHT HUGUS JR.
General Counsel and Director
U.S. Ski Team
Judging from Jeannette Bruce's coverage of the '74 USFSA National Championships, Dorothy Hamill's solid credentials for ascension to the title were totally negated by one less-than-spectacular performance. The fourth-best woman figure skater in the world in 1973—at the age of 16—will undoubtedly prove in the world championships at Munich this month that she does not deserve the cloak of mediocrity that Jeannette Bruce has cast around her shoulders.
This is in regard to your article Big Fish in a Small Pond (Feb. 18) concerning Dave Broyles, a former University of Wyoming swimming prospect who now attends Southwest Minnesota and his statement that "the University of Wyoming coach sent somebody to talk to me. He couldn't be bothered to see me himself, and here Coach Palm drove all the way from Minnesota. I was impressed."
The real story behind Dave Broyles is that he definitely was recruited by the University of Wyoming and was even offered a scholarship to attend school here. In the late stages of recruiting, when we normally bring the athlete in for a campus visit and make personal calls at his hometown—in Dave's case, Cheyenne—we found that he simply could not qualify for participation in the Western Athletic Conference or the NCAA due to low high school grades.
The NAIA, of which Southwest Minnesota is a member, has different standards than the NCAA, thus enabling Dave to enroll and participate on the swimming team. We feel that it is unfair for Dave to give the impression that Wyoming did not bother to recruit him when we had done all we could under the circumstances.
Swimming/Water Polo Coach
KUDOS ALL AROUND
Pity your competition. You have always been the essence of excellence in your sports coverage, both pictorially and journalistically. How something so good can continue to improve is amazing.