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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
Edited by Gay Flood
August 22, 1983
HOWARDSir: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!JEB LADOUCEUR Smithtown, N.Y.
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August 22, 1983

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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HOWARD
Sir:
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!
JEB LADOUCEUR
Smithtown, N.Y.

Sir:
How could you put us through the torture of looking at Howard Cosell's face for a whole week?
Ross KRAMER
Fountain, Minn.

Sir:
Shame on you! Why would a first-class magazine put the south end of a north-bound Missouri mule on its cover?
BILL CRAIN
Cottonwood, Calif.

Sir:
I think the article is best described in the words of Will Shakespeare: "Much ado about nothing."
RALPH B. COLE
Kennett Square, Pa.

Sir:
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.
BILLY STROBEL
Middletown, Ky.

Sir:
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.
CLAUSTON JENKINS
Raleigh, N.C.

Sir:
Deford's Cosell would make Boswell throw up, particularly the line, "I've got the public, its respect, its love, its adulation"!
RICHARD CARPENTER
Sacramento

Sir:
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?"
JIM MCMARTIN
Camarillo, Calif.

Sir:
Frank Deford says, " Howard Cosell is sports in our time." Is that "sports" as in Battle of the Network Stars?
B. MARK DAVIS
Tiffin, Ohio

Sir:
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.
GAVIN MCCORMICK
Stockton, Calif.

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