THE NCAA IS INNOCENT
Your red-tape award (SCORECARD, March 14) was given to the wrong association. What's more, I don't think it was deserved.
I issued that memorandum, not on behalf of the NCAA, of which I am director of public relations, but on behalf of the College Sports Information Directors of America, of which I am a member. The NCAA does not run the affairs of CoSIDA.
The purpose of the memorandum was to gain feedback from CoSIDA's NCAA and NAIA members concerning committees on which they would like to serve, with the hope of involving more of them in the workings of the organization. I am happy to report that the response has been good.
DAVID E. CAWOOD
CoSIDA Committee on Committees
Shawnee Mission, Kans.
? SI regrets the mix-up.—ED.
RAY OF SUNSHINE
Thank you for the wonderful article on the Orangemen (The Color for the Orange Is Cray, March 7). Now maybe the city of Syracuse will be famous for more than snow and air conditioners.
Laguna Hills, Calif.
What is Barry McDermott, a sportswriter or an amateur weatherman? He doesn't have to tell the nation that Syracuse is a dismal place in the winter. This is the Northeast, baby! It snows up here.
As for the fans, show me a basketball arena where the fans don't get a little rowdy and obnoxious, and I'll show you a team that is destined for mediocrity.
BARONS IN THE RED
Peter Gammons' article on the Cleveland Barons (
Cleveland's Not Barren, March 7) is definitely offsides. To say that the Coliseum "is somewhere between Akron and Nome, and inaccessible by public transportation" is to take a cheap shot at one of the best sports edifices in the world. It is time the NHL realized that it can no longer sell itself on the basis of the prestige of the league. What it must sell is what every city wants: a contending team. The Barons are a young, exciting and improving club, but they are also in last place. Mel Swig should be happy that attendance has averaged a little over 5,000 per game. He came to Cleveland with little capital and did not promote the club. He must have thought that the Cleveland fans would come running to the Coliseum to pay inflated prices just for the honor of seeing NHL hockey. The fans in northeast Ohio proved to Swig that they are not so dumb. All the NHL proved to Cleveland is that it is just as bush league as the WHA.
Thanks for the article on the plight of the Cleveland Barons. Throughout this troubled season they have played with a professional pride that is rare in sports these days.
AHEAD OF THE PACK
That was the greatest cover ever for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (March 7). Jockey Steve Cauthen has youthfulness, vitality, dedication. He is a winner in many ways.
CALVIN R. RUSHTON
Mount Vernon, Ga.