I sure get tired reading about how good the Oilers' opponents are. I'll grant you Boston Coach Mike Holovak is the best coach in the AFL, but the Oilers have the best team, man for man, in the league. I have watched them all come up against the Oilers since the opening game of 1961, and when the Oilers are right they outclass everyone else. They also have something few other teams have: team spirit, unusual in pro football. Most of the Oilers actually like to play football. The old strictly-for-business attitude of the NFL and most of the other AFL teams just isn't present at Jeppesen Stadium.
You said the Oiler defense has been carrying the team. That was a good statement. They have—when the other team has had the ball. But the defense didn't put all those points on the Oiler scoreboard.
H. B. VAUGHN JR.
RACE FOR KNOWLEDGE
It appears that at last the makers of the world-famous Detroit Iron have developed enough nerve to take a few steps in the right direction in automotive development (Ford's Big Plunge into Racing, Nov. 19). Ever since that senseless ban was adoptted several years ago, new developments in American cars have been very few and even farther between, and Europe has gone flying past us. It would appear that now, after years of babbling about real leather upholstery and bucket seats with sports-type consoles, advertising agents will have some real engineering features to sink their teeth into.
As for those unfortunate few who still believe that racing is unsafe and a danger to the public, I can only say that it is much safer than allowing untried and unproved monsters to roam our superhighways. As a result of racing, modern automobiles no longer break wheels, no longer lose rear hubs and no longer suffer brake fade. Is it illogical to expect many more similar improvements to come about as a result of building better racing cars? Legislation is not needed on this matter. What is needed is a reverent bow in the direction of the company that is on the road to making up five lost years in automobile development.
We at Harbor Tours, Inc. were quite interested in your story, Bon Voyage to the Ball Game (Nov. 26), particularly since hundreds of San Francisco Giant fans have been going to Candlestick Park for the past two years aboard the Red and White Fleet.
The vessels tie up about a five-minute walk from right field. When Harbor Tours put into service its 400-passenger Harbor King during the 1962 World Series, it was jammed with fans for each San Francisco game and, as at Seattle, offered a wonderful way to beat the traffic.
We just wanted you to know that Seattle doesn't have a monopoly on water transportation to major sports events.
W. C. HELMAN
You waste too much time and effort putting before the youth of our nation article after article, picture after picture (many in color) concerning pro football and boxing. These two sports represent everything that is unclean, unfair and dishonest in the sporting world. A short time ago you put before the youth of our nation a cover picture of Sonny Liston, heavyweight champion of the world. You probably took great pride in setting this man up before the youth of our country, and the world at large, as a real example of American sportsmanship, despite the fact that he made half a million dollars and pounded his opponent to the floor in gorilla-like fashion. When I see the pictures you waste money on showing big pro players with taped-up hands (bruised badly from trying to break someone's jaw or neck) ganging up on the ball carrier with the sole purpose of injuring him bad enough to get him out of the game and using all kinds of dirty tactics (all of these are premeditated) in order to win the game, please the pro crowd and earn the almighty dollar, I can only feel you are helping to encourage our youth to follow sportsmanship on the lowest level.
LEMUEL ROBERTS II