When Earnie Shavers ranks himself ahead of the likes of Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey and Rocky Marciano as a hard hitter, he is being ridiculous (The Importance of Being Earnie, Act I, Sept. 12). KO percentages do not always prove a fighter's hitting ability; the ability of the opponents must also be taken into account. Shavers could not have lasted one round with Jack Dempsey in his prime.
After reading Frank Deford's review of The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (Sept. 12), I disagree with his evaluation that the "real" victory is when Tanner evades the two adults chasing him.
Having seen BNB I 40 times and BNB II 27 times—I work as an usher in a movie theater—I feel that I am in the right position to make a comment on both films and the audience reactions.
In BNB II, Tanner's captors are booed, but that is not what gets the largest reaction. The most vocal and expressive reaction occurs when Carmen slides into home with the winning run and the umpire signals him safe. At this point in the film, the audience goes berserk. Popcorn flies. Every kid jumps up and down. All the adults cheer and all the girls scream while the boys whistle.
Also, when the people file out the doors, they talk about how they are glad the Bears won. Most comment that they have formed an allegiance to the Bears.
Now I'll have to wait to see BNB III.