BIG TEN RECORD
The four sentences you devoted in BASKETBALL'S WEEK (Feb. 9) to the No. 1 team, Indiana, might have included the fact that its win over Wisconsin gave it a Big Ten record for consecutive victories—28 straight (29 as I write this). The Hoosiers broke the record set 14 years ago by the Ohio State team that included John Havlicek, Jerry Lucas and an obscure bench warmer named Bobby Knight.
DONNA KAY SIEGMUND
What's this about David Pearson and his "hell-for-Naugahyde charge" swallowing the Honda Civic and firing it out its exhaust stacks (Gas Pains Strike at Daytona, Feb. 9)? Robert Jones must have been looking the other way later when the "diminutive Honda" drafted David Pearson around the oval, and in front of the grandstand, in the closing hours of the race, in the rain, blew the doors off his "big red and white Purolator Ford Torino" while the crowd rose to its feet and cheered.
Incidentally, it was noted by the track announcer that we did not have any gasoline problems during the race, as we were still running on the fuel put in the tank before we left California—and getting 100 miles per gallon with it!
Woodland Hills, Calif.
My compliments to John Papanek for his excellent article Strutting Their Stuffs (Feb. 9). Talent is not the ABA's problem; lack of exposure is.
For those of us who were aware of the First Annual Slam-Dunk Contest but unable to fly to Denver for the evening to see it, your article was a godsend. I hope one of the television networks will obtain the rights to this colossal event. There definitely is spectator interest.
After reading John Papanek's article, I have no doubt that Julius Erving is the most complete basketball player in the world.
Staten Island, N.Y.
I have reached this conclusion: the time has come for the 11-foot basket.
PROTECTING OUR FISH
I can barely remember the days when I could go fishing for haddock and catch one. It is something I wouldn't consider doing today, because of the futility of it all. Legislation for the creation of a 200-mile fishing limit (SCORECARD, Feb. 9) is all but too late. The New England fishing industry has been virtually ruined. When the time comes to sell licenses to foreign countries for the right to fish in our territory, I hope the Senate takes into consideration the methods used by those who have decimated the richest fishing grounds in the world.
ED E. WHITE
FOLLOWING THE PUCK
It's a shame there aren't more hockey organizers in this country like John Mariucci, who realizes that the game isn't the only thing (A Wintry Heritage, Feb. 9). Hats off to Mariucci for succinctly summing up the problems with youth programs today. "You can't play until you've learned to skate," he says, and that says it all. Tricky, skillful stickhandling and a booming, accurate shot are worthless to the hockey player who can't skate. There once was a youth program in Lynn, Mass. where for the first 10 two-hour practice sessions no pucks were allowed on the ice. It was skate, skate, skate. That's how hockey players are made.
As a mother of two young hockey players, I completely agree with your article concerning Minnesota youth hockey programs. Hockey is a marvelous sport, a natural outlet for aggressive energies, but it should not wreck children and disrupt family life with constant games and traveling. As long as a hockey program is called recreational, each player should have a chance to participate in games and thus develop himself. It is too expensive and heartbreaking to outfit a child for hockey, drive him great distances to play and then see him sitting on the bench. Childhood should be a time of fun and games—or did we only dream that up?