Our on-court behavior does warrant some criticism. However, we have made remarkable strides, and we intend to make more. But I don't wholly agree that players should be penalized for expressing their emotions. Within certain limits, this is a vital part of any game, and by capturing these emotions television will make racquetball a standard living room feature in the near future.
The "lords of racquetball" have done many things besides train referees. More than 1,000 new racquetball facilities and eight million players in the last 10 years are pretty good evidence of our leadership.
As for Charlie Brumfield, he speaks only for Charlie Brumfield. We speak for the players. The majority like the sport just the way it is.
As for ticket prices, we continue to play to full galleries at virtually every tour stop, including the national championships. If racquetball in its present form isn't fit for spectator viewing, how is that possible?
U.S. Racquetball Association
If anything, Jim Kaplan is too restrained in his criticism of many racquetball stars. The officials who permit unpleasant behavior are letting the game down.
He exaggerates a bit in complaining about the brevity of rallies. In some cases, there are more strokes in a racquetball rally than in a tennis rally. However, we should try to find ways to keep the ball in play longer.
But Kaplan wants to tinker with the scoring, and there he has his feet in the tar pit. The reason tension is high on each game point is that the score-only-on-serve principle makes possible classic comebacks such as Marty Hogan's win in the last game of this year's finals. Without this principle, only the very close games retain any interest at the end. With it, the game really isn't over until the last point has been won.
New London, Conn.
Jim Kaplan seems to want to make racquetball a spectator sport. It changes the game immensely to score after every shot. I object to the idea of television deciding how a game should be played. Why not invent TV ball?
Convent Station, N.J.
BOLD BIDDER'S PROGENY
In his article He's Got the Horse Right Here (Nov. 6), Douglas S. Looney betrays a woeful ignorance of recent racing and breeding history. In reference to the sire of Spectacular Bid, clearly this year's champion 2-year-old colt, Looney states that Bold Bidder's "main claim to fame is that he's a son of Bold Ruler." Had Looney done a little more research, he would have discovered the following about Bold Bidder:
He won close to $500,000 in 1965-67, when purses were about half of what they are now.