I refer to the running start obtained by most players in the process of making a breakaway dunk. From slow-motion replays it is apparent that players take three, four, often five steps without putting the ball on the floor—well in excess of the step and a half permitted by the rules.
Perhaps officials around the leagues have been instructed to be lenient in this respect, so as not to diminish the flashiness of the slam dunk that has proved to be such a crowd-pleaser.
BRENDAN J. DOWNING
Miami Lakes, Fla.
STICKING TO IT
That was a great article on lacrosse (You Can't Beat This Game With a Stick, April 25). The best part, though, was the pictures. They were superb.
PAUL (BEAR) LIVESAY
Chevy Chase, Md.
You dodged the issue by saying that winning a face-off involves a "bit of cheating." In fact, the lacrosse face-off is an antiquated stick-in-the-mud aspect of the game that cheats players and fans alike. Basketball long ago discarded the center jump following every basket. The inequity is clear. One tall center can keep the ball away from an entire opposing team. So it is now in lacrosse. I have witnessed Maryland's fine team score eight consecutive goals without my beloved University of Virginia having once touched the ball.
BRUCE W. RADFORD
Lacrosse has crept into more places than you think. There are now clubs in Iowa, Colorado, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. I'll bet you'd find that there are 500 guys who might be interested in a pick-up game out on the Great Plains—20 at a time, that is.
Iowa State Lacrosse Club
Lacrosse is thriving in Florida. In five years the number of clubs has grown from four to 111, and the sport has spread into every part of the state.
The Pacific Northwest Lacrosse Association now has four university and three club teams. The PNLA tournament is becoming a major event.
Thinking about Joe Namath makes you sick ( Hollywood or Bust for Off-Broadway Joe, April 25). Banana-Nose Joe is the worst quarterback in the league. He has no right to ask for even a $150,000 salary. To me he is not worth a penny. Joe should stay with his women and his popcorn poppers. At least he can't be intercepted during a commercial!
Yarmouth Port, Mass.
With Super Joe as the Rams' quarterback, they are a cinch to win Super Bowl XII.
New Paltz, N.Y.
WINDUP IN ATLANTA (CONT.)
It's a shame that those readers who condemned Dean Smith's four-corners offense in your April 18 issue don't know what they're talking about. Before reaching the NCAA finals, North Carolina had already beaten N.C. State and Virginia for the ACC tournament championship, Purdue, nationally ranked Notre Dame and nationally ranked Kentucky for the East Regional crown and nationally ranked Nevada-Las Vegas in the NCAA semis. Smith called for some type of this much-maligned offense in all of these games. How convenient for adversaries to forget.