In fact, both Michaels and Simmons are so good that they are doing other play-by-play work, too, Michaels for ABC-TV and CBS-TV and Simmons for the San Francisco 49ers radio network.
Enthusiasm for the Giants and baseball has been rekindled here in the San Francisco area (A Giant Step in the Right Direction, April 19) and Michaels and Simmons, along with Gary Park on television, are major reasons why.
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Last fall in your NBA preview (Oct. 27) you said that only a "nurd" or a Cavalier fan would pick any team but the Bullets to win the Central Division. Well, the nurds of the world (not to mention all Cavalier fans) are very glad that you were wrong.
MARY BETH PETTEK
My hat is off to John Underwood for his fantastic article on Missouri's Jim Kennedy (The Student, April 5). For too long many have thought that the life of a college athlete is nothing but fame and glory. As a former student-athlete myself ( Tulane golf team 1970-74), I am glad to sec someone show a college athlete as he really is—in many ways just a typical college student.
It was an excellent insight into the often overlooked daily life of an athlete.
John Underwood's article was well written, but it must have been embarrassing for Jim Kennedy, the rest of the University of Missouri basketball team, the whole University of Missouri campus and student athletes in general.
As related by Underwood, Kennedy's attitudes toward his studies, his team's racial problems and women serve only to reinforce the bad connotations of the word "jock." Why not write an article on any one of the thousands of college athletes who really are students?
Thank you for an accurate and thoroughly enjoyable article on Jim Kennedy and the University of Missouri. John Underwood could have replaced Kennedy's name with that of nearly any other male member of Missouri's 23,000 student body and the story would have been the same, since that is the way life is at Mizzou. There should be no denials or apologies from anyone for being a fun-loving guy at a fun-loving university.
DAVID M. STRAUSS
As a typical journalism student at the University of Missouri, I would like to respond to John Underwood's article. I have never bought clothes at Woody's, nor have any of my friends. Button-down collars and sweaters make me sweat, and plaid pants only clash with my "Dancing Harry" hat.
Your item in SCORECARD (April 12) about a plastic playing surface for hockey sickened me. Why must artificiality be allowed to infiltrate the world of sport any further? Artificial turf was bad enough for baseball and football, but now the ice is being removed from hockey. Soon it will be called plastic hockey.