Thanks to Ron Fimrite for his article on spring training (The Roots of Spring, March 3). However, baseball is not just for older people who remember its heyday, or for youngsters who are fascinated by its superstars. The game is also for people like me (age 26) who believe that the most important thing your article said was, "Baseball is not so much catching up with the times as the times are slowing to meet it." Don't you think society could learn a great deal from the easy, deliberate pace of baseball? I certainly do.
How pleasant to see baseball again on the cover of SI. I can't wait to get back to the game that is "too slow" ' for the times.
The March 3 article on indoor soccer (The Sport That Came In from the Cold) was another hit. Tex Maule provides an in-depth look at the game, relating that it has the excitement of hockey but not the complex strategy of football. I hope the article opened the eyes of many sports fans so that indoor soccer will become a hit in the U.S.
To a purist indoor soccer is no abomination. Brazilian-invented futebol de sal�o differs from the U.S. indoor version only in that the ball, which is heavy and has very little bounce, is out of play once it crosses the boundary lines. It is played on any court, indoors or out, and is tremendously popular in schools and in the farm system of the big pro clubs. Some of the Brazilian stars of the past decade, including Tost�o and Roberto Rivelino, started out on futebol de sal�o.
As for using the boards, it is commonly done in pick-up or sandlot games in Brazil. When my childhood gang held its tournaments, we played high-scoring games on a cement patio, using a cathedral wall to bounce the ball off.
GUILHERME N. CESARINO
Fort Collins, Colo.
When you are talking about college hockey (Sun Child in the Icy Nets, March 3), we would appreciate a little ink about the defending NCAA and current WCHA champions, the University of Minnesota Gophers. And all these Gophers, as you pointed out last year, hail from this hockey-mad state.
Mark Mulvoy's article is an outstanding account of a great college goaltender, Michigan Tech's Jim Warden. It shows that college hockey has come into its own, drawing players from all over the U.S., not just Canada, Minnesota and New England. More and more colleges across the country are taking up hockey as a varsity sport. Just think, in a few years UCLA may have an All-America goaltender.
HERE'S PRO TRACK!
Being a former member of the sports television world, I was very pleased to read of the growth of professional track at the box office and on TV, but I feel compelled to clarify Mike O'Hara's statement that the International Track Association's NBC Saturday late-night telecast "ended up with more viewers than the Johnny Carson show usually has." Mr. O'Hara is referring to the weekend Tonight Show repeats, which average about a 5 rating, whereas the original Monday-to-Friday Tonight Show averages approximately a 10 rating. The ITA telecast had a 6.2 rating.
Best of luck and continued growth to the ITA, which will be seen again on NBC Saturday, March 22 at 11:30 p.m. And long live Johnny Carson, the king of late-night TV!
Director, Late Night Programming
NBC Television Network
New York City
TUNING IN ON MEL
Permit me to compliment you and William Leggett on the excellent TV/Radio piece A Voice from the Past (March 3). Nobody has made a more significant contribution to sports broadcasting than Mel Allen.