My compliments to Curry Kirkpatrick for introducing the Denver Nuggets to us (They Run and They Gun—and They're a Mile High, March 29). It's hard to believe that in this day and age a major sports league can go unrecognized by television and the daily press. Three pure-gold cheers for SI.
To a dyed-in-the-wool Chicago Bulls, Black Hawks, Bears and Cubs fan, a transfer to Denver brought certain frustrations: minor league baseball (Bears), a defunct WHA entry ( Spurs), and wait-till-next-year football (Broncos). But, oh, those Nuggets!
David, Dan, Ralph, Bobby and Larry hooked me when they destroyed the Celtics in the preseason. Sure, we know what we've got in the Nuggets. For the pure fan, that should be enough. Nonetheless, Curry Kirkpatrick provided a clear summation of the Nuggets and the ABA.
ERIC B. MUNSON
After reading your article on ice shows (Skating Rings Around America, March 29), I can only conclude that nobody likes us but "the people." My personal thanks to all those wonderful people.
Holiday On Ice
Your article on ice shows was terribly negative. SI barely gives figure skating a nod, despite the stunning athletic ability the skaters often exhibit. Add to that superb grace under pressure. Figure skating is evolving into an increasingly complex mix of gymnastics and artistic interpretation. It is hard to believe that those who skate lack a sense of exultation when all goes well in a performance, as the article implies. Surely the audience does not feel all the delight.
CLAUDIA MONEY LUCKETT
Frank Deford states, "...largely because of their [ice shows'] popularity here and abroad, ice dancing was included for the first time in the 1976 Olympics," and later adds, "The embracing of ice dancing by the Olympics was a rare endorsement for ice shows." His implication that ice shows and ice dancing are one and the same could not be farther from the truth. In fact, pairs skating has more in common with an ice-show routine than ice dancing does, because of the restrictions placed upon the latter concerning lifts, spins, jumps and separations.
Ice dancing has been an integral part of the national and world championships for many years now, and its Olympic acceptance is because of its immense popularity as a championship event, not because of any ice show extravaganzas. Allow me to suggest that the next time you do an article on skating, you choose a writer who has at least mastered double-runners.
HOWARD BARTON 3RD
Staten Island, N.Y.
I'm pleased to see you publicize the proposal to split the Olympics (SCORECARD, March 29). It's an idea whose time came some years ago. Unfortunately, the time has not yet come for the International Olympic Committee, and the world's greatest sporting event continues to suffer from a worn-out format.
We have advocated splitting the Games for at least 10 years. And we would not stop with scheduling events in a number of different cities within the host country. The Olympic competitions should be held in a number of different countries and should be scheduled throughout the four-year period that is called an Olympiad.
The advantages are several. The Games no longer would be too big and too costly for one city to hold. Many more cities and countries could host events. Interest in the Olympics would be more or less continuous. Athletes would benefit from less overall pressure while at the same time seeing more attention focused on each sport, one at a time. And the number of Olympic sports could be increased.