Regarding Larry Keith's article on NBC's dynamic announcing duo (Two Mouths Are Better Than Anyone, March 5), he only briefly mentions their play-by-play man Dick Enberg. While Billy Packer and Al McGuire are magnificent, Enberg is probably the best sports announcer on any of the three networks today.
Keith was right on target with all his observations on the combination of McGuire and Packer.
Indiana State University may be working full time on the Al McGuire Presidential campaign but the Canadian campaign of Al McGuire for Prime Minister has ground to a halt. McGuire blew his chances when, during the Michigan State-Notre Dame Mideast Regional final. Forward Mike Brkovich of MSU was said to have been a good basketball player, "for a Canadian."
Would Bill Hewitt, voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs, say after a Detroit Red Wing goal by Reed Larson, "It was a good goal for an American"? No, we don't think so.
Bias has no place in journalism, and certainly not in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. A Rocky Mountain Low (March 19) by John Papanek was so tainted with bias it made Larry Brown sound as though he had committed a felony by leaving the team.
Rarely does a coach try to communicate with professional basketball players in order to mold them into a winning team. Brown tried it, with positive results, and for it Papanek crucified him.
DAVID J. MIGDAL
Your article Rocky Mountain Low is too kind. Carl Scheer and Larry Brown worked very hard to build the Nuggets into one of the few pro teams that succeeded in playing a team-concept game. Yet, astoundingly, since the 1975-76 season, through personnel changes they have managed to undermine the very principle that brought success. Now the Nuggets are a weak imitation of last year's Philadelphia 76ers. Bringing in McGinnis and Scott was merely the crowning folly. Both Carl Scheer and Larry Brown are to blame for the Nuggets' demise, not McGinnis or Scott. After all, they should have known that in the NBA, like anyplace else, what you see is what you get.
SHORT STAND TALL
Larry Keith's story on Harry Chappas (It's Not Only a Game of Inches, March 19) brought back recollections of a tiny favorite of Chicago baseball fans on the North Side in the 1940s. He was Outfielder Dominic Dallessandro, who was stretching it to reach 5'6". He hit over .300 for the Cubs during one of the war years. The Cubs broadcaster of the time, Bert Wilson, labeled him "Diminutive Dominic Dallessandro." Not only was that too long for the headline writers, but it caused Wilson to choke on the air a few times (nothing unusual for Bert), and it wasn't long before Diminutive Dominic became Dim Dom.
Larry Keith made no mention of Phil Rizzuto (5'6"), who used to be a pretty fair baseball player.
Larry Keith has finally established himself as a "small-time" sportswriter.
RON ROMMELL (5'9") D.D.S.
Kansas City, Mo.