John Y. Brown, the Boston Celtics' new owner, says, "I want to be responsible for my own destiny. If we fail, I fail." (Will Red and Brown Harmonize?, July 17). He sure failed in Buffalo. He ruined a perfectly good basketball team and the amazing part is that he did it in only a year and a half.
JOHN W. REIS
The best thing the Celtics could do would be to get rid of Red Auerbach. He has a big ego and his draft picks have been lousy. Anybody could have won with Sharman, Cousy, Russell and Heinsohn.
ROBERT E. REEL
In comparing the Western Division race to the stateroom scene in A Night at the Opera (A Flip-Flop Farce, July 10), be informed that only three of the Marx brothers (Groucho, Chico and Harpo) were in the movie. Zeppo wasn't.
The Royals could easily pass for Margaret Dumont, though.
What can we do about getting the Cubs into that division?
For 50 weeks of the year sportscasters on TV and radio say "The score is thirdy-fordy," and "The leadoff bidder is...." For two weeks of the year they say "Wimbleton." Is there a simple explanation?
NIGEL H. SEARLE
Keene, N. H.
I am an Oklahoma State graduate and one of the "fanatical adherents" referred to in Doug Looney's article Deep in Hot Water in Stillwater (July 3). Like many other Cowboy fans, I am shocked by what our football team is involved in. But I must also ask why this is the only article I recall reading in SI about Oklahoma State. I don't remember ever seeing more than two sentences about Terry Miller, who was one of the greatest college running backs of all time. Moreover, the Cowboy golf team has won the NCAA championship two out of the last three years. Why couldn't you have written about them? Give us a break.
In objecting to the two-stroke penalty for slow play imposed on Bobby Impaglia in the U.S. Open (19TH HOLE, July 10), Irwin Glauberman says that if it had been Arnold Palmer or Jack Nicklaus no penalty would have been assessed. It so happens that a two-stroke penalty for slow play was assessed against Nicklaus. It happened in the 1962 Portland Open and Jack still won the tournament—by four strokes.
DAVID S. NELSON
Santa Rosa, Calif.
?The PGA has long punished slow play, Nicklaus' penalty being one example. The USGA finally has such a penalty, too, and Impaglia is the first to get hit with it in a U.S. Open.—ED.