Garbage sports? Refrigerator racing, certainly. But lacrosse? It's a game played by skilled, well-conditioned athletes, many of whom participate in football programs as well. Zimmerman considers Jim Brown one of football's alltime greats, but does he know that Brown was one of the best lacrosse players of his time at Syracuse?
Your article on Tom Cousineau (Paving the Way for $$$, Aug. 30) was superb. I watched Tom play from his first to his last game at Ohio State and he never ceased to amaze me with his linebacking abilities, but that comes naturally when you play for the Buckeyes. There really is nothing like a Saturday afternoon in Columbus. Cleveland owner Art Modell need not worry. He'll undoubtedly get $3.5 million worth of action and more from this Ohio State product!
TIMOTHY A. IARUSSI
I'm a Buckeye fan, and Tom Cousineau was the best linebacker I ever saw come out of college. But he alone cannot change things around for the Browns. Trading Lyle Alzado, Robert L. Jackson and Greg Pruitt for draft choices and future considerations was an awfully bad mistake. I won't be surprised to see Art Modell's gang in the division basement for the second straight year.
Either I like football or I'm a glutton for punishment: I pull for the Virginia Cavaliers. However, don't you think that three consecutive cover stories on football players—Walter Payton, Franco Harris and Tom Cousineau—in the month of August is a bit much? Whatever happened to baseball?
AT THE ORGAN
Joan Ackermann-Blount certainly pulled out all the stops in her noteworthy piece on the art of playing a ball park organ (Really Getting Organized, Aug. 30). However, she somehow overlooked one of Pittsburgh Pirate organist Vince Lascheid's greatest plays: "Tie Ayala Ribbon," heard during the 1979 World Series in honor of a home run by Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Benny Ayala.
Incidentally, Fenway Park souvenir stands were, at last report, still hawking Red Sox Organ Music, an album wherein Red Sox organist John Kiley, a low-key swinger whose touch recalls that of the sublime pianist Red Garland, jams with former Sox star and power-hitting drummer Rico Petrocelli.
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