Cosmos or no Cosmos, soccer will never really catch on in North America for one principal reason. The games are too low-scoring. In game after game, the long-suffering soccer fan is expected to settle for the subtleties of ball control and so-called "duels" between all-too-capable goalies. Though purists will cry foul, I recommend one simple rule change to solve this problem: widen the goal mouth by, say, 12 feet. Soccer in North America would immediately take on new color and flamboyance if 11-8 barn-burners were the order of the day rather than 3-1 yawners.
DANIEL W. SHENK
Fort Dodge, Iowa
GOODELL & CO.
Re your article Good Show by Goodell (April 2), the announcer at the NCAA swimming championships is not the only person who might be accused of displaying an ardent pro-Brian Goodell bias. Jerry Kirshenbaum elected to devote 20 of his story's 23 paragraphs to Goodell. while Tennessee's Andy Coan also set two American records and Cal's Graham Smith also won three individual events in addition to swimming a leg on a victorious relay team, thereby winning one more gold medal than Goodell. While Goodell is an awesomely talented athlete and will probably be unbeatable in Moscow, the fortunes of U.S. men's swimming do not rise and fall with his health or malaise. And, as evidenced by its fifth-place NCAA finish, neither do UCLA's.
San Jose, Calif.
Iowa won the NCAA wrestling championship and got two pages of coverage in SI. California won the NCAA swimming championship, which got four pages of coverage. Michigan State won the NCAA basketball championship and got the April 2 cover and four pages. But Herb Brooks' Minnesota Gophers won the NCAA hockey championship and received a mere three lines in FOR THE RECORD (April 2). People in Minnesota are proud of their Gophers' three NCAA hockey championships in the past six years. Ours is a Minnesota-bred all-American team.