But you did a great job anyway, Roy. And I'm sorry about not getting over for that popup. You see, I had just booted one, and I didn't want to embarrass myself again in front of all the cameras.
Camper, '83 All-Stars
As a player, Julius Erving is all class, but I was even more impressed by what he said in Bruce Newman's article on the 76ers (This May Be One for the Books, Feb. 28): "I don't feel incomplete or inadequate in any way because I haven't won an NBA championship. I don't lie awake nights and think about it. I know I've given my best to the public, and the rest is really out of my hands. I can accept that."
What refreshing, mature and reasonable words regarding winning and losing. Perhaps the Julius Erving School of Thought will overtake the Vince Lombardi School. Coming as they do from such an outstanding man and athlete, these words carry considerable weight. Who knows? Perhaps they will one day be recited at all Little League banquets, youth soccer matches. Pop Warner games and even collegiate and pro contests. "I haven't won. I've given my best. I can accept that." If Dr. J can accept it, maybe we all can.
Bruce Newman's article on the 76ers was magnificent. I was glad to see that Maurice Cheeks got some deserved recognition. However, you published three pictures of the Sixers in action against the Houston Rockets, and in each a Sixer is shown passing (Andrew Toney), blocking (Bobby Jones) or driving (Cheeks) against former 76er Caldwell Jones. Anything against Jones?
•Nope, he just happened to be there when we clicked the shutter.—ED.
SI's coverage of the NBA has improved recently, as is evidenced by articles in your Feb. 21 and Feb. 28 issues. However, your mathematical aptitude is declining. If the Boston Celtics have sold out more than 100 straight games at 15,320 in the Boston Garden, please explain to me how the Sixers' average of 15,229 per game could be the league-leading attendance. Is this what they mean by the new math?
Franklin Square, N.Y.
•Not quite. The Celtics have played two of their home games in the Hartford Civic Center Arena, where they drew only 11,762 against the Pistons on Nov. 30 and 12,742 against the Bulls on Jan 31. Thus Boston's average attendance figure was 15,101 at week's end, less than the Sixers' 15,311, and now also less than that of the Lakers, who had taken over the league lead at 15,345.—ED.
Bravo! Within the span of three weeks, SI has masterfully covered two subjects that I can really get excited about—beautiful women in bikinis and indoor soccer. Frank Deford's fine article on the MISL (Show, Sex and Suburbs, Feb. 28) summed up the joy and frustration of being a fan of indoor soccer: the joy of seeing cities like Baltimore, Kansas City and St. Louis fall in love with their teams and support them wildly, and the frustration of seeing the sport founder in other cities and, so far, on the national level.
I hope that people like Earl Foreman and the Leiwekes do not give up. Someday, when people are tired of real or threatened strikes by so-called professionals in other big league sports, they'll wise up and make the MISL truly major on the American sports scene.
Thank you, SI! For the past four years, as I have traveled around the country on business, I have tried to introduce as many sports fans as possible to the wonders of MISL soccer. Now, in one fell swoop you have done the deed. Perhaps this will further the growth of the most exciting, enjoyable and sensible of winter pastimes. Long live the MISL!
Creve Coeur, Mo.