And finally, the chestnut Gowdy pulls out for each and every NFL contest: "Coaches feel that if their offense can gain more than 250 yards while holding the opposition to fewer than 200 yards, their team has a good chance of winning the ball game." Take it away, Al.
GEORGE T. GAROS
I realize that Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek are no dynamic duo when it comes to broadcasting, but they were a welcome relief from Vin Scully. Maybe viewers "heard very little from Monte Moore" when the Series shifted to Oakland, but a few well chosen words from him were worth more than all of Scully's excessive bombast. I wonder if Scully has ever heard that silence is golden.
I very much enjoyed the article by Jack Nicklaus (My Lasting Contribution, Oct. 14). He is not only an outstanding player, but a terrific individual. He seems to have it all together. He gives the impression of a man of values, a man who appreciates the spiritual as well as the material and who has a lot of humility. Nobody ever mentions it, but Nicklaus is a good loser as well as a good winner. He never complains about a loss; he never offers any alibis. The younger generation couldn't have a better man to look up to. Maybe the older generation, also.
San Jose, Calif.
If they ever get around to selecting names for the holes at Muirfield Village, they might consider "Ridiculaus" for the 13th, in honor of Jack.
E. M. LANOUETTE
I like to watch football games on TV. I like to watch pretty girls, too, but not at the expense of missing parts of the game. At first I thought that if the networks employed camerawomen we might see an entire game, but then maybe they would pan the crowd in search of good-looking guys. Perhaps a neuter computer might be the answer, or would it become distracted by the blinking lights of the scoreboard?
In any case, I wish the networks would please keep the cameras on the game.
Battle Creek, Mich.
The world champion Philadelphia Flyers and the world champion Oakland A's have become accustomed to the singing of God Bless America during their home-game rituals. I wonder if there is a message in this.