I must congratulate Calvin Griffith, Ruly Carpenter and especially Carroll Rosenbloom on their insight. The people who are ruining our sports are the ones who look out first for themselves and not for the sport. As Rosenbloom said, "The only solution is for us to realize that we are partners.... [The players] have to realize that we're in the same boat together. If we don't work together, we won't have anything to work with." We fans are partners, too, and none of us can tolerate players or owners who care only for themselves. If we do, we won't have anything to enjoy, either.
RANDALL C. SAMMET
I disagree with Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom's assessment of Wellington Mara. Mara was just trying to protect his interest in the Giants and do his duty to the people of New York by signing Larry Csonka and providing the fans with the best players possible. I applaud Mara's action.
College Station, Texas
As a devoted New Orleans fan, I, too, would like to see the Jazz in the playoffs before 60,000 fans in the Superdome. But if Sam Battistone keeps making decisions like making Barry Mendelson executive vice-president and firing a great coach like Butch van Breda Kolff, the Jazz will end up like the other pro franchise in New Orleans.
JERRY J. LE BLANC
Calvin Griffith did not move the Washington Senators to Minneapolis. He moved the team to Bloomington, Minn., just outside of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and the team became the Twins—for Twin Cities. A ton of St. Paul money went into the deal to bring the Twins to Minnesota.
We think that Griffith is doing the right thing in not bidding for the "glory boys" of baseball. I've never, in my 70 years, seen an owner able to buy a pennant. What's more, they won't do it now by paying the outlandish prices of the Campbells, the Hunters and the rest.
I was disappointed that Ray Kennedy failed to feature another breed of owner, the kind who played—even starred—for the pro team he owns. Today the sole member of this distinguished group is the man who held for nearly 50 years the NFL record for the longest runback of a fumble (98 yards), George Halas of the Chicago Bears.
I enjoyed your article about Sunday basketball telecasts (TV/RADIO, Jan. 31). How appropriate that the best college basketball conference in the country should produce the best basketball announcer, Billy Packer. This "fat little guy who is going bald" has not only received acclaim from players and coaches but, even more astounding, he has gained the respect of ACC fans. We count on Billy to tell it like it is.
Chapel Hill, N.C.
College basketball TV ratings are sure to go up as long as Packer is announcing.
WILLIAM J. SCHULTZ
DEFORD'S IMPRESSIONS (CONT.)
I would like to congratulate Frank Deford on his article Three Little Syllables (Jan. 24). I am married to a Hawaiian, and I have also spent some time in The Islands. I was completely astonished that someone finally found it in himself to write the truth about "Paradise." I do not deny that the Hawaiian Islands can be beautiful and alluring. However, I found very few Islanders who would admit or discuss the shortcomings of Hawaii. So, it has come as a great relief that your magazine has printed an article that shows the true and pressing problems of The Islands. Now maybe the "natives" will admit that there is a snake in the Garden of Eden.
ANOTHER POINT FOR VASSS
All of us who had to do with the National Collegiate Tennis Classic at Rancho Mirage, Calif. enjoyed Joe Jares' story on this event (Graham Did Not Crack, Jan. 17). But I would like to add that the factor which saved the tournament was our use of VASSS no-ad scoring with the nine-point tie breaker. This system enabled us to easily make up the day lost to rain without keeping the students over an extra day.