Platform tennis is a team sport; as yet, there is no singles competition. Winning comes not merely from the combined talents of the partners, but, more importantly, their camaraderie on and off the court.
It was Louise Gengler, my partner, who got me to the championships by, more times than not, showing me a lot of heart when I couldn't hit my hat. I know it doesn't read as well, but how about The Forest Hills Gengler?
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
PLAY IT AGAIN
The article on Sam Pollack (Would You Buy a Used Hockey Player from This Man?, April 18) should be required reading for all sports executives. Those who feel that the way to success is through mortgaging the future for the present or by buying what appears to be an instant winner have won only a few championships. Their policies have decreased competitive balance, exorbitantly increased players' salaries and have driven ticket prices almost beyond the reach of the average fan. In other words, George Allen has never won a championship, but Sam Pollack has won eight.
I would like to give you a rousing good show for your table tennis article (One for All, but Not All for One, April 18). For too long the sport of table tennis has been neglected by SI, and it's good to see some coverage for this fine sport. Here's hoping that this article will be the first of many on table tennis.
As you are doubtlessly aware, there are few sports in which pre-teen-agers, people over 70 and people of both sexes and all ages can compete in head-to-head competition. Table tennis is such a game, and the pursuit of it can lead to countless hours of enjoyment and competition. As an avid table tennis player, I'll be looking forward to future SI coverage of my favorite sport.
ROBIN K. BURR
BRIDGE SCANDAL (CONT.)
Thank you for publishing something about the Katz-Cohen affair (It Wasn't All in the Cards, April 11). The two major bridge publications in the U.S., the American Contract Bridge League's Bulletin and The Bridge World, have had very little to say about it other than that the pair withdrew and subsequently resigned from the ACBL.
As a bridge player, I know that if I were accused of improper conduct, I would fight the accusation through the highest appeals level in the ACBL and take it to court if necessary. I might not win, but I sure wouldn't roll over and play dead.
STEVEN M. TYER
It's no wonder somebody filed a $44 million lawsuit. The guy at the bottom of page 22 is holding 15 cards. Now that's an advantage!
And although it's not as easy to count, his partner seems to have one or two more than the customary 13.
Not only that, your artist failed to show how many cards the two other guys at the table are holding. This is one trial I wouldn't miss!