Regarding Ron Guidry's comment "I think I'll switch from baseball to football": as a long-suffering (though undaunted) Boston Red Sox lover, I will be happy to pay his way to the NFL tryout camp of his choice.
I think Ron Guidry has unwittingly cracked the Billy Martin case. The New York Yankee management and old No. 1 himself can talk about the return of the prodigal manager in 1980 until their pinstripes fall off. It has to be a falsehood. If Guidry believed that Martin was going to be his manager again, would he have confessed to spitting tobacco juice on his socks? With Martin's short fuse?
I sincerely enjoyed Sam Moses' article, but he might also have mentioned the time Ron Guidry gives to special children and children in hospitals. The fame that has come his way has not altered his feelings for those who have been less fortunate.
You'd think a 25-3 season would be enough! But now that I know Ron Guidry commiserates with hawks and can't bring himself to shoot a deer, I'm totally enraptured by him.
THE BIG TEN
Larry Keith's engaging article on the strength and balance of Big Ten basketball (A Case of Fratricide, Jan. 22) was perceptive and timely. And how we beleaguered Illinois fans gloried in favorable national sports coverage!
As hard as we Illini try to keep sports in perspective—Physics Professor John Bardeen's two Nobel Prizes have to be worth at least four Heismans—we have been reminded that it's great to have a winner.
DAVID M. PAISLEY
I must commend you on the excellent photographs of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Unfortunately, I can't say as much for the accompanying article. It's too bad Larry Keith spent more time comparing Big Ten basketball to Big Ten football than he did describing Ohio State's excellent basketball squad. And leave it to SI to find a way of getting Woody Hayes into the article.
From the way Keith raved, one would have thought it was the Illini, not the Buckeyes, who won the game in Champaign, Ill. Obviously, you believe Ohio State basketball is a fluke. Don't feel bad, though. Duke, Louisville, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan once thought so, too.
The Ohio State Lantern
Was it really necessary to include those gibes at Woody Hayes in a basketball article? I believe that is called kicking a man when he is down.
You were right to mention the Atlantic Coast Conference as the Big Ten's rival as the nation's strongest league. To balance the record. I'd just like to point out that as of Jan. 22, the ACC's overall winning percentage for the season was .712, the Big Ten's .637. ACC teams won seven of the nine tournaments they entered this season, and non-conference victories have come over such notables as Michigan State, Southern Cal, Detroit, Texas A&M, Louisville, Arkansas and Long Beach State.