Although the Cowboys are the class team of America and very deserving of the America's Team nickname, fans in Dallas don't like the idea of sharing their champions with everyone else. America's Team? No way! The Cowboys belong to Dallas!
JOHN KELLEY JR.
What's this? The Cowboys "undisputed Super Bowl losers"? I think this honor belongs to the Minnesota Vikings.
Lynn Swann is a hot dog, and Dallas' Drew Pearson and Tony Hill can match him and John Stallworth any day.
BY THE CLOCK
I would like to congratulate Curry Kirkpatrick and welcome him back to the college basketball ranks (It's a Happening, Dec. 3). His humorous writing and insights into the game are unparalleled.
However, I disagree with one of his criticisms of pro ball: the 24-second clock. While it's true that throwing up 25-foot shots is not how basketball is meant to be played, the cause of such shots is not the clock. As Golden State and Portland showed in their championship years, a team can work the ball inside successfully within the 24-second limit.
When this limit is taken away what we have is a "four-corners" offense. This, too, is certainly not how basketball is meant to be played. I would have walked out of the 7-0 Duke- North Carolina debacle long before halftime.
The pro game has many shortcomings, but it is the players and not the 24-second clock that have caused them. College ball would do well to adopt the clock.
Your article on the Celtics (Boston Is Winging Once More, Dec. 3) was excellent, and Red Auerbach's comments on former owner John Y. Brown Jr. were quite interesting. However, he said, "People wouldn't have believed me if I told them how dumb [Brown] was." You don't work your way through law school selling encyclopedias or make millions selling chicken or become governor (by 173,000 votes) of such a fine state as Kentucky by being dumb'. The only thing good about Boston is University of Kentucky alumnus Rick Robey.
I thoroughly enjoyed your article on the Celtics. You covered all the key people on the team—except Chris Ford, the runnin', gunnin' guard. He's been doing a superb job ever since he came over from Detroit, and we Celtic fans are more than happy to have him.
SAVORING THE PIE RACE
It was with great pleasure and vivid memories that I read Sarah Pileggi's article on the Bemis-Forslund Pie Race at the Northfield Mount Hermon School (It Was Easy as Pie, Dec. 3). Like many "Hermonites," I will always cherish the run for the pie and the reward. I got mine in 1943 and can still taste it and feel the burning lungs.