Come on, cut the Cosell rubbish ("I've Won. I've Beat Them," Aug. 8). You people are just looking for a lot of mail from a bunch of irate jerks. Well it won't work!
How could you put us through the torture of looking at Howard Cosell's face for a whole week?
Shame on you! Why would a first-class magazine put the south end of a north-bound Missouri mule on its cover?
I think the article is best described in the words of Will Shakespeare: "Much ado about nothing."
RALPH B. COLE
Kennett Square, Pa.
There's not enough space in the magazine for me to tell you what I think of Howard Co-sell. Instead, I'll tell you how much I love that wonderful knob on my TV set that allows me to change the channel whenever he appears. I'm sure that, as a person, Cosell is a fine man. As a broadcaster, he's the fingernail on the chalkboard of life.
How appropriate that Frank Deford includes a Cosell quotation that sums up how many of us feel about him based upon our exposure to him over the years. Howard said that it was going to be easy to be the "top sports guy in television" because "the rest of them are all asses." It follows that he is the biggest ass of all.
Deford's Cosell would make Boswell throw up, particularly the line, "I've got the public, its respect, its love, its adulation"!
ABC Sports originator and now prominent movie producer Edgar Scherick's comparison of Howard Cosell to Will Rogers is the sort of farcical hyperbole one associates with, uh, Howard Cosell. It is difficult to imagine that, a half century after his demise, posterity's response to Cosell will be anything but "Who?"
Frank Deford says, " Howard Cosell is sports in our time." Is that "sports" as in Battle of the Network Stars?
B. MARK DAVIS
I finished reading Frank Deford's article on Howard Cosell and immediately wondered why I had. Cosell's telecasts, like most journalistic pieces written or delivered in the first person, annoy me. His pompous belief that he is bigger than the events he covers offends me. Mainly, however, he just doesn't interest me. If Cosell is "sports in our time," point me to the opera house.