GOOD VIBES (CONT.)
Jack McCallum hit my memory button with his funny article on Electric Football (SHOPWALK, Nov. 24). I remember playing the game at my home with star Syracuse Halfback Jim Brown—who showed more excitement and emotion over the electric game than he ever did in the real game—and with Syracuse's former coach, the great Ben Schwartzwalder. Like Darrell Royal and Woody Hayes. Ben hated to put the ball in the air on Saturday afternoons—and with runners like Brown, Ernie Davis, Floyd Little, Larry Csonka and Jim Nance, he rarely had to. Ben lost a few real games, but he was undefeated in Electric Football. How did he win? By mastering the difficult, patience-draining execution of a springman forward pass!
Jack McCallum's SHOPWALK was a masterpiece. However, he failed to mention Electric Football's "automatic timer." Mine sometimes took well over two hours to tick off a quarter of game time, and when conditions were just right, the clock would actually go backward.
Kansas City, Mo.
For Sportsman of the Year I nominate Tom Osborne, head football coach at Nebraska. He turns out good teams every year, but even when they lose he and his players always show sportsmanship.
PHILIP RILY JR.
I nominate the heart and soul of the 1980 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies: Tug McGraw.
Some people have named George Brett, John McEnroe and Magic Johnson, but I say it has to be Larry Holmes.
Sugar Ray Leonard.
Earl Campbell. Who else?