Something needs to be done before a collision more serious than the Hermoso incident occurs.
ALL THAT GLITTERS
Everything is not golden for World Team Tennis (A Golden Week for a Lot of Oldies, May 20). Attendance at the Chicago Aces matches is so bad that one of the players is a DF—designated fan.
JOHN J. LYONS
Your coverage of the NCAA volleyball finals (Leapin' Lizards, It's UCLA Again, May 20) left out some notable facts. One is that the Gauchos of the University of California at Santa Barbara captured four open tournaments this year, which no other collegiate team has ever done. The old record was two. And the difference between the two dynasties was omitted. While the UCLA Bruins have built their dynasty the same way they did their basketball teams, with money for athletic scholarships, not one Gaucho is on full scholarship. This is noteworthy in an area where money is considered necessary to produce champions.
As a mediocre volleyball player myself from Pacific Palisades I was greatly pleased to see your fine article on this quickly growing sport.
Jerry Kirshenbaum reported that UCLA and UCSB Team Captains Bob Leonard and Dave DeGroot are Palisadians. I would like to point out that DeGroot's teammates Mike Maas and Jay Hanseth are also Palisades High School products. Along with Leonard, Palisadians playing for the Bruins are Chris Irvin (brother of ex- UCLA All-America Dick Irvin), John Bekins (brother of Mike Bekins, Pepperdine University star, and Milo Bekins, an All-America on last year's NCAA championship San Diego State team where he played with Palisadians Randy Stevenson, Wayne Gracey and Chris Marlowe, All-Americas all), and David Nichols. The talent from volleyball-mad Palisades does not stop there. Frank Taylor started for the third-ranked USC Trojans for the past two years.
It looks like the NCAA team with the most Palisades boys usually wins. If this remains the case, the Bruins should be tough again in '75 with five ex-Dolphins on the floor.
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
I enjoyed reading Ron Fimrite's fine story (Deep in the Heart, for a Change, May 20), chronicling the baseball adventures of the Texas Rangers. It is refreshing and a good thing for baseball in general to see a doormat team suddenly turn into an interesting, challenging club. True, the Rangers may not win the pennant this year, but they will make it hot for some of the others, principally the established contenders.
WILLIAM F. O'BRIEN
The comments in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (SCORECARD, May 6) by Mike Aguirre, president of the student government at the University of California, are of particular interest to me: "The issue is how best to spend our money to meet the needs of the greatest number." The move to put more emphasis on intramural activities and less emphasis on intercollegiate athletics makes a lot of sense. At 5'6", and 130 pounds, I am certainly no match for the 6'5", 230-pound behemoths who dominate intercollegiate athletics. The majority of students are like me: small in stature and mediocre athletes. Only a small portion of any student body constitutes the large, muscular superathletes. We, the average, have no hope of competing at the level of the David Thompsons and Bill Waltons.
GLEN T. FUJIMORI
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
It's too bad, but the old Philadelphia sports jokes just won't hold water any more because the Philly sports explosion is well under way.
The Flyers won the Stanley Cup: the Phillies find themselves going strong after a long drought in the National League East; the Atoms, the defending North American Soccer League champions, are undefeated in league play; and the newly born Freedoms seem to be unbeatable.