Regarding William Leggett's opinion of marching bands at professional football games, I was a member of one of "those mindless bands wandering around at halftime." The Upper Arlington High School Marching Band, of which I was a member, had the extreme honor of being invited to perform at halftime of a game between the Bengals and the Vikings at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium. We prepared a halftime show and worked for more than two months to perfect it. On the day of the game, however, CBS, in all its wisdom, chose to present, instead of our halftime show, some of the most inane football commentary in the history of network television. Football would not be the great sport that it is without the contributions of marching bands, majorettes, drill teams and cheerleaders. These and other groups combine to make football something special to millions of Americans. It is amazing to me that the three networks, which air as much as 30 hours of football a week, cannot devote 15 minutes to a halftime show. If I am ever asked, "Who's the best?" my answer will be, "Certainly not CBS."
In FOR THE RECORD (Sept. 16) you reported that the United States won the elite eight at the world rowing championships in Lucerne, Switzerland with a "pick-up" crew. Perhaps it is a matter of semantics, but our pick-up crew consisted of oarsmen from all parts of the U.S. who had been carefully selected, tested and trained in our national camp under National Team Coach Allan Rosenberg. The national camp and the national team concept have been used in training the eight and four with cox for the past three years in an attempt to improve the performance of U.S. crews. It is interesting to note that the first three finishers in this race all consisted of national camp teams as opposed to products of the old team trials system.
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Men's Rowing Committee