Bruce Newman's article on the San Antonio Spurs (Best Team You've Never Seen, March 8) couldn't have been better timed. The evening after I read it, I watched Sidney Moncrief, SI's cover subject of a few weeks ago (Feb. 22), and the Milwaukee Bucks take on the Spurs. Those two excellent teams scrapped and fought for 63 minutes in the best game I've ever seen. In the stretch, the game turned into a shootout between George (Iceman) Gervin and Brian Winters. After watching that historic matchup, won by the Spurs in triple overtime, I can hardly wait for the playoffs.
North Fond du Lac, Wis.
On the night I read Bruce Newman's article on the Spurs, I had occasion to watch them play the Boston Celtics, who were without injured All-Stars Tiny Archibald and Larry Bird. Starting Celtic Guard Chris Ford was also hampered by injury and saw only six minutes of playing time.
A Spur blowout? Not quite. Although George Gervin put on a dazzling display good for 48 points, the undermanned Celtics had five men in double figures and prevailed 110-101. The team concept, which is foreign to the Spurs yet so much a part of the Celtics' heritage, was very much in evidence that night.
Writer Newman may be a pizza aficionado (LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER, March 8), but he should be advised that the NBA's upper crust still resides in Boston.
We were stunned to read Bruce Newman's suggestion that the Spurs' trainer is a better player than the Lakers' Kurt Rambis. We had just seen Rambis spend the first half of a Knick game creating numerous scoring opportunities for the Lakers with his unending hustle and desire. While not the most graceful or flashy of NBA players, Rambis treats Laker fans to tenacious defense, aggressive rebounding and all-out effort.
In his article He's a Cut Above the Rest (March 15), William Leggett says, "The best horse to come out of New England was ridden by Paul Revere and nobody even remembers its name."
That, sadly, appears to be quite true. On the other hand, it can't be said that Revere's horse has never been remembered. Tribute was paid to Revere's horse in the great musical comedy of 1931-32, Of Thee I Sing, in which, during a "session" of the U.S. Senate, a Senator from Massachusetts got up to say that while Paul Revere had been justly honored for his famous ride, his horse—it was called "Jenny" in the book, but as far as anyone knows its real name was never recorded—had been overlooked.
Quick to agree, the presiding officer of the Senate ordered a moment of silent tribute to the departed horse from Massachusetts. The Senators then bowed their heads in respectful silence.
Man o'War never received a finer tribute than old what's her name.
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.