Yes, Dean Smith is Coach of the Year and no other man has ever deserved it more. Considering several unfortunate injuries and a possible lack of superstars, the Tar Heels went farther in the NCAA tournament than anyone imagined they could. No. 2 in the nation is quite an accomplishment and we're all very proud of Smith and his team.
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Congratulations to William Leggett on his article Trashsport Should Be Canned (April 18). I agree 100% with his opinions on the trash we sports fans have to put up with on television. The Superstars, Challenge of the Sexes, Battle of the Network Stars just add more money to the pockets of already overpaid athletes and actors at the expense of the gullible fans.
LARRY DAVID LEWIS
In reference to "Trashsport," or "sports created for television," in Leggett's words, I'm afraid he is laboring under an unrealistic view. Professional sports exist because they provide entertainment for the paying spectator, be he in attendance or a TV viewer. Without this entertained, paying spectator there would be no Super Bowl, no World Series, no Masters golf tournament. Ilie Nastase is a promoter's dream not because he is the most naturally gifted tennis player in the world today. No, Mr. Leggett, it is because he is the most entertaining player in the world today.
If some activity more entertaining than "real" sport came along in this country, the millions of fans would switch over and soon there would be no more "real" sport. So let's not draw too harsh a distinction. Sports in this country survive for the same reasons that All in the Family and Charlie's Angels survive: they provide entertainment.
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
I deeply appreciated your article As I Did It by Bob Cairns in the April 18 issue. I especially enjoyed the paragraph about Russ Hodges and the 1951 pennant. I feel that Russ, my grandfather, was one of the greatest sportscasters in the athletic world. I'm proud that he was part of the golden age of sports. The Brooklyn Dodger- New York Giants rivalry is something that will not come again.
Baseball is not guts, grits and spirit anymore; it's a contract under the power of the almighty dollar. The true spirit of baseball is gone forever.
Thanks very much for paying tribute to the good old days of baseball.
JOHN DAVID NORTH
Satellite Beach, Fla.
A vote of thanks to Bob Cairns for a great trip into baseball nostalgia.
Isn't it interesting that Gunner Prince with his "Quail at first..." would become "Dead Duck" Prince and help to cause so much of Mr. Cairns' and my griping on Monday nights last summer?
WILLIAM A. STOLZER, M.D.
Fort Pierce, Fla.
GEORGE DID IT
Two points on SCORECARD, April 18: 1) Bob Haines. The greatest swimming coach in the world's first name is George. 2) If natural gas is not to be used for heating swimming pools, then it is also not to be used for such things as the production of fertilizer for golf courses (natural gas is the principal energy source used in the production of man-made fertilizer).
North Palm Beach, Fla.