On the same Sunday that the Red Sox were finishing off Baltimore, I was in a theater watching that marvelously exciting World Cup final match.
I didn't know too much about soccer; I had never heard of Mario Kempes before last month. Nor had I heard of any of the other fine players in the tournament.
No longer. That Argentina-Holland match was one of the finest sports events I have ever seen. The electric-blue flame of Argentina was thrilling to watch, as was the precision play of the Dutch. In addition, that incredible crowd in Buenos Aires took my breath away. It is impossible to beat a team of 75,000 men.
Kempes' overtime goal reminded me of Carlton Fisk's World Series-tying home run of 1975. Seldom, if ever, do any of us see ecstatic moments of victory like that. Sitting amid a big, heavily pro- Argentina crowd in the theater, I thought I was in the River Plate Stadium for a few crazy minutes.
So you bumped the Red Sox to second place. Don't worry. You'll hear a lot more from Fenway in the fall. Meanwhile, thanks to Clive Gammon for his fine story and thank you for putting it on the cover where it belonged.
TOO BIG A BOOST
I never cease to be amazed by irresponsible college football coaches (Deep in Hot Water in Stillwater, July 3). The coaches are not teaching the kids any redeeming qualities except how to cheat the system and make it look legal. Three cheers for the NCAA for blowing the whistle on Oklahoma State! I only hope the NCAA does some more housecleaning and catches these schools that claim to field "amateur" athletes. Granted, Oklahoma State does not stand alone here. There are undoubtedly similar situations elsewhere. What happened to playing a college sport for experience, prestige and fun? Suddenly it is a big power and money game and the rules seem to be very twisted.
I would just like to point out to Gip Duggan that Nebraska and Oklahoma are not the ones under investigation. Mr. Duggan's remark about the amount of cheating being done by those two plus OSU was irresponsible and careless.
The people who really get hurt by the OSU booster club's lack of regard for the NCAA rules are the players themselves. They are the ones who will be penalized for the action of some overzealous has-beens. I think this is grossly unfair to some darn good players.
As a former editor and sports editor of the student newspaper at Oklahoma State, I am not surprised by the current football scandal at my alma mater. Many of us suspected something like this, but were unable to prove anything.
CHANGING THE RULES
I am not concerned about the result of the recent WBC world heavyweight fight (For Holmes, It Wasn't So Elementary, June 19). What troubles me is the scoring. In practically any sport you can name, both the players and the spectators know the score. But in boxing, the score is unknown to everybody but the officials, and each official knows only his own score. It would be simple to change this. Each official's score and the totals should be announced at the end of every round so that the fans, and especially the boxers, would have a clearer idea of who is winning.
VERNON A. CRAWFORD
Black Mountain, N.C.