ROGER AND OUT
I am a lifelong Washington Redskins fan, and the Dallas Cowboys have always been at the top of my football enemies list. But after reading your article Goodby to All That (April 14) on Roger Staubach's retirement, I realized that the man I hated so bitterly last Dec. 16—when the Cowboys beat the Redskins 35-34 to win the NFC's Eastern Division title and a playoff spot—is not only one of the best players in history, but also a person I admire very much. The 1980 season will be missing something without Staubach. After all, what fun is beating Dallas if you haven't beaten No. 12? I guess all that's left to say is, please, Harvey Martin, don't you retire, too.
I would like to congratulate Roger Staubach on his fine career, and I'd also like to yell at him for the times he directed his team to victory over the Redskins—especially when my dad was playing.
I was excited to read an article on Roger Staubach. At last, recognition! I was disappointed, however, upon seeing three pictures showing Roger down or on the sidelines. Why couldn't you present him doing what he does best—passing?
Colts Neck, N.J.
Your photographs of Roger Staubach may very well exemplify the Cowboy situation: down, but far from out!
You blew it! Roger Staubach not only did not make any All-Pro team, but he also didn't make your April 14 cover. I would rather have seen one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history than a fat Ali.
Beaver Dam, Wis.
HOW MANY PINNACLES?
I see a very strong similarity between the subjects of two articles in your April 14 issue: Roger Staubach and Muhammad Ali (The Latest from the Greatest). Each is 38 years old and each has nothing left to prove. Moreover, each has been told that the hits and bumps he has sustained have taken their toll and that any future hard blows may cause permanent injury. Staubach has heeded the warnings and made the tough decision to retire while still on top. Why can't Ali do the same? He has been a great champion, one of the best of all time. Will winning the heavyweight title for the fourth time prove anything? I don't think so. But a loss could do irreparable damage to Ali's physical being and also to his image in the minds of the fans.
I will be rooting for Ali against Weaver or Holmes, but I wish he wouldn't fight either of them.
GARY S. KURKIEWICZ
Angelo Dundee, Ali's trainer, is quoted as saying that he never thought Ali would go back to the mountain to train, that the mountain would have to come to Muhammad before he'd fight again. I beg to differ. The mountain did come to Ali—in the form of $8 million. If that's not a mountain, what is? Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing Ali make a comeback. I have always enjoyed his boxing style.
I have followed golf for many years, particularly the Masters since the Palmer era, and I have been dismayed whenever an "unknown" has won. In my mind, Ed Sneed fit into the unknown category and I was rooting against him in the 1979 Masters.
Myra Gelband's article on Sneed ("Impossible Not To Win," April 14) has changed my mind. Near the end of the article the question of how to accept the defeat was discussed. I think Sneed put it into proper perspective when he said, "Finishing second is an accomplishment, too."
DAVID S. NELSON
Santa Rosa, Calif.