SIZING UP THE BIG E
Elvin Hayes has attracted more criticism for his play in crucial games than any athlete needs to take. Curry Kirkpatrick joined in by calling the Big E a choke (Whatever Happens, It'll Be Washington, June 5, and Down to One Last Collision, June 12). Hayes is now a world champion. Need more be said?
Garrett Park, Md.
Contrary to what Curry Kirkpatrick believes, Elvin Hayes had an excellent series against Seattle. He led the Bullets in scoring (145 points), rebounding (83) and blocked shots (14) and was second in steals (11).
PETER A. LEIDEL
I found some of Elvin Hayes' and Bobby Dandridge's comments about teammate Wes Unseld unfortunate and ironic. Being a perennial Boston Celtic fan, I cannot recall Dave Cowens, John Havlicek or any of the other Celtics ever criticizing Paul Silas' lack of offensive ability while he was helping them win a couple of NBA championships. I guess that Hayes and Dandridge just don't appreciate Unseld's all-round team play as much as they should. After all, it was Unseld who won the MVP award for the championship series!
I must disagree with Curry Kirkpatrick's comment that the Bullets and SuperSonics were "rather mediocre, rather monotonous adversaries." The championship series was one of the most hard-fought and exciting I have ever seen. Intensity, tough defense, big baskets and unexpected heroes filled each game. I get as much of a thrill watching Wes Unseld snatch a rebound and fire an outlet pass as I do watching Dr. J dunk or Doug Collins shoot 20-footers.
Silver Spring, Md.
Manny Millan caught the NBA finals with his photograph on pages 24-25 of your June 12 issue. Until the final minute of the final game, the series was definitely up for grabs.
I want to pose a couple of questions. Would the results of any or all of the Triple Crown races be different if Steve Cauthen had been aboard Alydar? What would be the result of a match race between Affirmed and Alydar if Cauthen were aboard Alydar? We can't answer the first but the second sounds like a promoter's dream.
SHELBY O. ALCOTT
West Allis, Wis.
THE WBC TITLE
What is the world of sport coming to? A look at your June 12 cover reveals Ken Norton wearing the official WBC belt symbolizing the best in boxing. What appears on this trophy? The name Adidas. Does the World Boxing Council have to carry advertising on its championship trophy?
PHILIP B. GIBSON
I can understand commercialization of race cars or basketballs, but not of the belt that symbolizes the world boxing champion. Now that Larry Holmes is the WBC belt recipient, does he become a subsidiary of Adidas?
JOHN H. ZIMMERMAN
San Marino, Calif.
Your cover picture of Ken Norton wearing the WBC championship belt was an insult to boxing fans. Don't misunderstand me. I like Norton and would like to see him champion. I feel very strongly, however, that a boxing title should be won in the ring, not awarded by a boxing organization.
I was delighted to see that ridiculous " Norton is champion" bandwagon pulled out from under you after you climbed on. Norton is now consigned to the category of a future trivia question: What heavyweight "champion" lost all three of the championship fights in which he was involved?
JOHN KELLY KARASEK