STICKING UP FOR SPITZ
Some of your readers were very hard on Mark Spitz (July 26). He worked for and reached a pinnacle of success that he will probably never see again. He was widely praised and applauded. No wonder he doesn't seem to want to let go of that moment or know what to do now.
Perhaps we expect too much of our instant heroes. Look what success did to George Best. Fred Lynn isn't faring as well as he did last year. These are not men playing boys' games. They are boys playing boys' games, and some can't seem to cope with their own talent and subsequent success.
DEAN SMITH'S TEAM
I thought the least I could do for reader Jim McKone (June 28) and other "angry Americans" who saw fit to cheer for Yugoslavia, Canada or Mexico instead of the American—oops, I mean North Carolina—basketball team, was send them a sympathy note, so here it is. It was a shame they wouldn't cheer for the U.S. team, which was obviously the best one there.
Much criticism was leveled at the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team before the Games. Coach Dean Smith was chastised for the large number of Atlantic Coast Conference players chosen. Even though he had only one of 10 votes on the selection committee, it was felt that his influence was strong. Whether this is true or not is unimportant now. What is important is the masterful job Smith, his staff and his players did in Montreal. The most impressive aspect of Smith's effort was the manner in which he molded 12 offense-oriented players into a selfless, cohesive unit.
J. MICHAEL McMAHON
ON THE ROAD TO MOSCOW
I returned from Montreal very excited about the sport of team handball. Unfortunately, the American sporting public knows practically nothing about it, and I blame you. Obviously the U.S. handball team is not yet good enough to win over the powerful Middle European teams. However, you could do a great service to our country and help us improve our team by publishing a story on team handball. There are plenty of outstanding athletes in America who would be attracted to this sport and before long we would be capable of competing with the finest. Let's not wait until 1980 and Moscow.
DAVID D. DODGE
Although I applaud your Olympic coverage, you forgot to commend the U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling team (starring superheavyweight Pete Lee of Ball State). It won 12 matches, 10 more than in the previous Olympics. Even though the team did not win a medal, I think it is worthy of mention.
Fort Wayne, Ind.
As an American who made his first pilgrimage to the Olympic Games, I have this observation: while it is true that the Games are too political, too commercial, too factionalized and too fractionalized, the world would still be a much poorer place without them.
WILLIAM E. CARSLEY
BOTTLES AND CANS
I am among the 91% of Oregonians who approve of our state bottle bill (The Point of No Returns, Aug. 2). It is startling that a huge and powerful lobby is resisting a national bottle bill. The best thing going for the bill is common sense. It has reduced litter and waste, and it has forced the creator of a problem to deal with that problem.
I am a resident of Connecticut, where I believe it is becoming a sport to toss the can (or bottle). Just from my own front yard, street and driveway, I collect approximately 1� grocery bags of discarded cans and bottles a month. I see a desperate need for a deposit-law referendum or a bottle bill.
TIMOTHY W. YOUNG
By omitting certain salient facts, Jerry Uhrhammer made a good case for a bottle bill. The following points should be made in order to present the full story: