So Team Canada was extended to beat Team USA 4-2 after beating the same club 10-3 and 7-3 in exhibition games.
So Team Canada lost 1-0 to Czechoslovakia, the 1976 world amateur champions, in a classic hockey game between two superb teams.
So the Soviet Union sent a young team. Team Canada's average age was under 27, and only seven of the players were on Team Canada '72. Canada's old stars were left behind, and the "household names" of the Soviets suffered the same fate.
So Peter Gammons overlooked the series for what it really was, great hockey between teams made up of the top "pros" in the world.
I'd give you 10-to-1 odds that more than half the hockey fans would not select Vladislav Tretiak as the best goalie in the world. Bernie Parent in his prime was every bit as good, and Rogie Vachon isn't bad. Jiri Holecek of the Czechs was pretty impressive also. And the young Russians weren't that bad, either. They beat Team USA 5-0.
Congratulations to Coles Phinizy for an excellent article on unlimited hydroplane great Bill Muncey (His Future Is Unlimiteds, Sept. 27). Longtime observers of the sport who figure that writers have told every tale there is to tell about Muncey can still chuckle over Phinizy's latest anecdotes.
GEORGE BYERS JR.
Unlimited Racing Commission
American Power Boat Association
George Packard's Ancient Extravaganza in the Black Forest (Oct. 4) is one of the most human and encouraging of your hunting articles. It is in direct contrast with an article you had about 2� years ago in which you depicted deer hunting via helicopter in New Zealand (Slaughter on South Island, March 18, 1974). That hunt had none of the fine rituals and brotherhood that the hunt in Germany has. Perhaps we should institute schools and exams for hunters in this country to weed out the nonsportsmen.
As a hunter, I was very much impressed by the article on the Black Forest hunt. George Packard emphasized the Germans' appreciation of nature, of what the forest can provide, and their efforts to conserve its elements. The traditions and customs of their hunt are quaint and appealing to any sportsman. One can imagine stalking through the soft browns and grays of the forest pierced by rapier-like beams of sunlight. However, there is one disturbing aspect of the German hunt and that is the rigidity with which men and dogs are chosen to become hunters.
As one who appreciates the esthetic value of the hunt as well as its practical side (food, conservation through herd thinning), I am unsettled by the seeming "Big Brother" attitude of German hunting officials. I can just feel the pressure of having to face six expressionless judges during the oral part of the hunting test. Surely anyone wishing to pass the test must dedicate enormous amounts of time, money and effort to that pursuit. This makes hunting a sport for the leisure class, especially when you compare the three-barreled monsters they equip themselves with to my one-shot 16-gauger with a paint-flecked stock ($15 secondhand).
JAMES J. ARNEBERG
In his coverage of the Little Brown Jug (Enhancing Dancer's Image, Oct. 4) Douglas Looney apparently was so impressed with the performance of Keystone Ore that he lost all objectivity. The third-place finisher in the race, Warm Breeze, was mentioned twice in the article, and each time Looney saw fit to refer to this fine 3-year-old as "a nobody."