Before the Muhammad Ali-Leon Spinks fight, I half-jokingly told some friends about my boxing theory, i.e., that every eight years the Olympic Games produce a world heavyweight champion. Now that the theory has proved true, I'm in shock. Here are the facts:
In 1952 Floyd Patterson won an Olympic gold medal and then went on to become world heavyweight champion.
In 1960, eight years later, Cassius Clay won a gold and went on to become the champ.
In 1968 George Foreman won a gold and afterward won the heavyweight title.
In 1976 Leon Spinks won a gold, and now he is wearing the heavyweight crown.
Keep an eye on the American boxers who win gold medals in 1984!
KEVIN R. DEYO
Eglin AFB, Fla.
?You might watch 1980, as well. Joe Frazier won a gold medal in 1964.—ED.
St. Louis Cardinal owner Bill Bidwill should get rid of Terry Metcalf (He Don't Get No Respect from His Cardinals, Feb. 20). Not that Metcalf isn't a good player; he is, when he hangs on to the ball. And who can blame Bidwill for trading Conrad Dobler? You say Dobler got "only $55,000" last year. How many penalties did he incur? And how about the game against Miami last Thanksgiving when Dobler threw a tantrum, got into a fight and generally acted like a child? Does someone who behaves like that deserve $55,000 a year? Hats off to Bidwill for treating spoiled brats like spoiled brats, and to Joe Marshall for a fine, interesting article.
MICHAEL C. RHIAN
Trout Run, Pa.
"Poor Bill Bidwill"? Nuts! Poor fans.
Don Coryell is a complex coach and a complex man but he could do no less after the Dec. 10 loss to Washington than let his long-stifled feelings concerning the Cardinal front office be known. Bill Bidwill's incessant penny-pinching will prove costly for the Big Red.
PATRICK K. O'SHEA