Frisbeeists John Kirkland and Victor Malafronte. Look what they have done for sport.
Creve Coeur, Mo.
PETER VAN AKEN
Hyde Park, N.Y.
Cheryl Tiegs. Your Jan. 27 cover said it all.
Forest Hills, N.Y.
SHOOTING FOR COLD
Joe Jares has to be kidding when he says U.S. domination in Olympic basketball competition may be a thing of the past (Their Goal Is Gold in '76, Nov. 24). We know the U.S.S.R. did not really win in 1972, and where were Bill Walton and/or Marvin Barnes during that Olympic contest?
As for 1976, with Dean Smith coaching and such possible players as Adrian Dantley, Richard Washington, Kent Benson, Bernard King and Bo Ellis, to name a few, I don't foresee any problems for the U.S. Since the Games are being held in Canada, there will be many Americans on hand to support our team and bring this gold medal back where it belongs.
Joe Jares' article has reinforced my contention that the Soviets will once again win the gold medal in basketball in '76. As he says, the Soviets have just completed playing against some of our best collegiate competition. Exposure to these teams has to have had a positive effect upon the Soviet program. But what have we gained from playing them? Olympic Coach Dean Smith has a plethora of obstacles to overcome if the U.S. is to regain the gold medal. He must be able to mold a handful of players who may never have played together before into a smooth, cohesive unit. He must strive to offset the Soviets' advantage of having played together for years. And he must be prepared to compensate for those players who are drafted by the pros. Until the time comes when we will be able to field our best team, I maintain that we are giving the upper hand to the Soviets.
KEVIN H. BEACH
THE FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON WAY
Your Nov. 10 story about Clyde Worthen, our 30-year-old wrestling champion (Latest in the Line at Fairly Ridiculous), does Fairleigh Dickinson University a service and a disservice. The ninth-largest independent university in the country does not need to respond to time-worn misperceptions of its significance in higher education. It is beneath our dignity, and that kind of reporting should have been beneath the dignity of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. We appreciate, however, your pointing out that there are opportunities for intercollegiate athletics at Fairleigh Dickinson not typically available at other institutions. We take pride in that policy. In fact, it is a fundamental part of the Fairleigh Dickinson personality to try to find places in the classroom or on the athletic field for those with the drive to succeed. We think that's what education and athletics are all about. Unfortunately, in labeling such athletes "oddball" you discourage other universities from following the lead of Fairleigh Dickinson. We consider that a disservice to our students, our university and intercollegiate athletics.
EARLE W. CLIFFORD
Vice President, University Resources
Fairleigh Dickinson University