Stan Isaacs was right in characterizing Howard (the Mouth) Cosell as an opportunistic politician always quick to lead a Sunday parade. But we cannot agree with his endorsement of Howard as an asset to Monday Night Football. Don Ohlmeyer is correct in saying Cosell's value is that he forces the "focus." but we watch the game to focus on football, not on Howard. That is the heart of the problem: Cosell forces the attention of the football fan away from the game. Monday Night Football is successful because of its choice schedule and because it is the only game in town. Pair up Frank Gifford with a competent color commentator, e.g., John Brodie, and he will be equally successful. The very fact that there is controversy over Cosell is proof that he detracts from the game.
BRUCE L. ADAMS
Let's get off Howard Cosell's back. Perhaps he does ramble on to the point where you feel like turning him off, but there is no question he has great insight into baseball, as well as football and boxing. Cosell is always getting rapped, but he is easily the most dominant force in his field. Maybe someday he will get the praise and acclaim that is so long overdue.
I solved the difficult problem of listening to the coverage of the World Series on ABC-TV by turning down the volume on the television set and tuning in Vin Scully and Sparky Anderson on radio. Their broadcast was superb—exact, interesting and a clinic on baseball, especially Sparky's insights.
EARL M, WRIGHT
World Series announcer Sparky Anderson has succeeded the late Dizzy ("Slud into Third") Dean as murderer of the English language.
BILL RODGERS' NUMBER
Thanks for the great article on the New York Marathon (Rush Hour in the Big Apple. Oct. 29). However, I'm curious about one thing. If Bill Rodgers was wearing No. 2, who wore No. 1?
?Numbers were assigned according to the runners' best times ever in a marathon, and No. I went to Ian Thompson of England, whose 2:09.12 was 15 seconds better than Rodgers' best.—ED.