Once again, I was delighted by Curry (King of the Quill) Kirkpatrick's wonderful style (No One Can Cap the Pistol, Dec. 4). His story on Pete Maravich was another in a long line of masterpieces. Kirkpatrick does for sports-writing what the Pistol does for basketball—delight the audience with "Where the heck did that come from?" moves.
DAVID K. DAVIS
San Jose, Calif.
Pistol Pete Maravich does "expose every nerve and emotion on the court." Although I graduated from Tulane, I am happy to say that I was at the game in which the Pistol scored 66 points against the Green Wave. He made the basketball talk that night—and he still does.
HOWARD C. BERMAN
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Without a doubt, Pistol Pete is the most exciting player in the game today. But with only the Pistol and "the Power" (Truck Robinson) to put up against the best teams in the NBA, how can the Jazz expect to win? They need to get a strong center before they can have any playoff hopes.
JAY A. VINING
Bob Lanier is right. With a little more help around him (such as the help Dr. J and David Thompson have), Pete Maravich would be all-everything. In fact, he just might be right now.
Why does Curry Kirkpatrick mar an otherwise very well-written article on Pete Maravich by using an irresponsible quote from a "local man": "He's the white who makes the blacks look bad. He's the white who got the 68 points off Walt Frazier. New Orleans is the original town where blacks were 'jigs.' They still are. New Orleans gets off on the Pistol doing it to jigs."
So what if Maravich got 68 points off Frazier. That quote does a disservice not only to blacks living in New Orleans, but also to blacks everywhere and to the city of New Orleans (I believe that's where we "jigs" created the only true American music—jazz). I question Kirkpatrick's judgment, but I've always enjoyed his work.
GEORGE HARVEY JR.
Please tell the country who the original "Ballhead" really is. Ever since I decided to attend basketball games wearing a Spalding basketball on my head, I've run into problems concerning impostors.
During last year's NCAA basketball finals, a fun was shown on the screen with a basketball resting on his head. And now you have printed Rob Kauffman's basketball artwork, including a drawing showing a person with a basketball for a head (What's Going On Around and Around Here?, Dec. 4). Now when basketball fans see me, they will think that I'm the impostor.
So please tell the sports fans of America that I, Andy White, am the one and only original "Ballhead." In fact, one of your photographers took several pictures of me last year at a Philadelphia 76ers playoff game.
?For a look at "Ballhead" White in action, see below.—ED.