EVERYBODY INTO THE POOL
As a participant in water polo, I was tremendously enthused about Ron Reid's story on the National AAU championships (It Was a Family Affair, Aug. 19) and especially his acknowledgment that the sport is "contested by some of the best-conditioned athletes on land or sea." Ron said it all: "Water polo is a trial whose excitement bears elements of basketball, hockey and soccer."
I am now coaching younger boys at a local swim club in the fundamentals of the game, but the lack of interest in this area makes it tough to arrange games. After reading your article, maybe more swimmers will begin to realize the fun they can have in the water with a ball.
Prospect Park, Pa.
In reference to your comment that Pete Cutino may be the only coach in the country to have won both an AAU title and the corresponding NCAA championship in one year, does the name Doc Counsilman ring any bells?
Re your article Americans Need No Papergate (Aug. 19), you seem to think that the only reason Birmingham's team has been successful is that Birmingham is a "little city" and therefore does not have a "bona fide major league team" to turn to as an alternative to the Americans.
Birmingham is in no way a little city, and the reason for Birmingham's success is obvious. For years the people of that city had begged the NFL for a franchise, but NFL officials just turned up their noses at Birmingham and looked the other way. Now with a fine WFL team, Birminghamians can turn up their noses and say we told you so.
The state of Alabama has long been a football hotbed, as is proved by throngs of Alabama and Auburn football worshipers. Now we have another team to love and go crazy over.
Joe Marshall says, "The talk is the Wheels will be rolling to Charlotte, N.C. before the season ends."
After living for 2� years in Charlotte, all I can say is that if they want to draw better here than they do in Detroit, they had better play at the Charlotte Motor Speedway with a stock-car race after each game. Or maybe a Bluegrass Music Festival or an Old-time Fiddlers convention after each game might bring out some people.
It is at least 10 years too soon for Charlotte. The Wheels would soon go the way of the Carolina Cougars because of lack of local support.
G. T. FRATER
In the SCORECARD section of your July 6 issue you had a short item about a young man who intended to begin a swim down the Mississippi River to break a record set back in 1930. (The Guinness Book of World Records said 1933 but will make the correction in the next edition.)