Score a big one for SI and Curry Kirkpatrick (Caught in a Spider's Web, Feb. 17). The colorful commentary and cover picture gave Dave (Spider) Meyers the kind of national recognition he richly deserves. Curry also mentioned something we fans on the West Coast have known for some time, the Pac-8 is the best basketball conference in the country.
If UCLA and Indiana are fortunate enough to meet in the NCAA finals in San Diego late this month, it should be a very good game.
JON G. SCRABECK, D.D.S.
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Curry Kirkpatrick's fine article was about a good basketball conference, but not the best in the land. If he were to devote a little time to the Atlantic Coast Conference, he would have an article about the best. Four of the seven ACC teams are in the nation's top 20—the Pac-8 can't match that—and speaking of records against nonconference foes, 67-17 isn't that bad.
Holy Jazz, SI, I can hardly believe that you spent 3? pages of your Feb. 17 issue on the New Orleans Jazz (Maravich and All Those Jazz). You mean to tell me that with all the other better NBA teams—Washington, Boston or Golden State, to name a few—New Orleans can work itself into your magazine? Stories like that are just not music to my ears.
Thank you, Pat Putnam. It's about time something constructive was said about Pistol Pete. Contrary to popular belief, the fortunes or misfortunes of the team do not rest on Maravich's shoulders alone After all, he doesn't wear a cape.
I agree with Coach Butch van Breda Kolff that the fan enjoys the beauty of a good pass or fast break. He should also realize that "pure scoring" and "bulling your way for a layup" win ball games, and that would please any Jazz fan. Fire away, Pistol.
St. Albans, W. Va.
Re the wonderful article by Roy Blount Jr. ("You're a Part of All This", Feb. 17), I am glad to know that the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to celebrate their championship in such style, and with a leader like Joe Greene. After that fantastic victory in the Super Bowl, they ought to celebrate for the rest of the year.
IN THIS CORNER
Mark Kram's enlightening piece The One-Minute Angels (Feb. 17) truly cornered the behind-the-scenes genius of boxing's stitch and stall men. The talents of Angelo Dundee, Eddie Futch, Gil Clancy and the late Charley Goldman are too often neglected, and far too little has been written of their exploits. The article was, if you can excuse the obvious quip, a cut above the rest.
Congratulations on your article about the Los Angeles Kings (Waifs Who Dare to Darken Doors, Feb. 10). They are one Of four expansion teams ( Vancouver, Philadelphia and Buffalo being the other three) vying for divisional titles in the NHL this season, and I'm glad you recognize them. Expansion is the best thing to happen to hockey since the slap shot.
VIOLENT HOCKEY (CONT.)
I am not really a hockey fan, but friends keep telling me what an exciting game it is. On Feb. 6 I decided to watch the Rangers and Flyers on TV. After some six-plus minutes of the first period, the Rangers had received more than half an hour of penalties (32 minutes, to be exact), the Flyers a total of 28 minutes. Each team had a player ejected for game misconducts, and more than five fights had taken place.