Your article on Fred Shero shows that coaching still plays an important role in sports. Talent isn't everything, unless you know how to use it.
Atlantic City, N.J.
Much has been said about the style of Coach Shero and the Flyers, but one important point has been overlooked. The basis of their game plan is karate-on-ice. They seem to work on the theory that if you commit 20 to 25 infractions per period, an intimidated referee will call only three or four, allowing you to get away with the rest. Such tactics will naturally keep any opposing team behind its own blue line, and the Flyers have them down to a fine science. This may be their game, but it is not hockey.
ARTHUR A. KLEIN JR.
Long Island City, N.Y.
The quotation on page 33 of your article ("Success requires no explanation, failure permits no alibis") does not come from Fred Shero, nor does it have any real meaning concerning athletes. Athletes and teams have been explaining their successes and alibiing their failures for many years.
The true meaning of this motto can be realized when one considers that it hangs as a constant reminder of the work being done by a few well-trained men at the Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal School located in Indianhead, Md. This school trains members of all services to render safe any hazardous item (e.g., a bomb). The persons engaged in this work who fail (extremely few) don't say very much.
MARTIN A. WALLER
VOTE FOR SENIORS
For the sake of accuracy, it should be noted that an item in SCORECARD in your June 9 issue contains a major blooper. The Ohio General Assembly did not defeat a bill (House Bill 123) to reduce greens fees for senior citizens at state-owned parks. In fact, the bill passed the House on May 27 by a vote of 80 to 13 and is now in the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee. The bill has not yet been reported back for a floor vote by the Senate.
SUSAN B. STINE
Ohio Legislative Service Commission