Kenny Moore's story about the running of the Munich marathon (The Long Blue Line: A Rerun, April 2) is the best I have ever read. I sincerely hope there are more in the works.
Track is a beautiful sport, and the marathon is the most satisfying event because there is more of it. In my experience distance men are more inspirational than their colleagues (all that running gives them lots of time to contemplate their purpose). Thank you for combining Moore's talents with the beauty of his event. Please, please continue.
The Long Blue Line was further testimony that the Olympics have become largely a showcase for political and personal propaganda, and I ask that you send a copy of the article—or Kenny Moore himself—to the International Olympic Committee.
Through an Olympic athlete's ability to listen to others, may the IOC realize that understanding and respect for one's competitors are not only the key to a legitimate Olympic victory or defeat, but also the only hope for the Games to survive as international recognition of an individual's efforts to achieve athletic excellence.
Vineyard Haven, Mass.
It was magnificent coverage of a poorly understood event and the problems facing its top competitors. But Brown and Galloway were a bit ahead in the cherry picking game if they got picked up by the Polizei in Oslo. Polizei is German. In Norwegian it's Politi. Even says so on the patrol cars. And besides, Norwegian cherries are like their U.S. cousins: they're sour only when picked out of season. Just ask any American kid who's been picked up by the polic�a for cherry picking.
M. MICHAEL BRADY
In regard to the Margaret Court vs. Bobby Riggs tennis match (SCORECARD, March 5): from an authoritative book of the 1920s, Mechanics of the Game by Paret, we quote, "The actual difference in the standards of skill between the two sexes is more than most people realize. About 40 years ago there was a famous test match in England between the two champions of the day—William Reushau and Miss Lottie Dod—with Reushau giving Dod a handicap of minus-40 and won rather easily." Now Bobby Riggs, a sharpie, has just the strokes (drop shot and deadly accurate lob that bothered even Budge) to ruin a woman. And Margaret Court has a weak semi-slice backhand. No handicap is proposed despite Riggs' having the advantage of his court surface and time zone. Has Riggs been arrested recently for taking candy from babies?
MARVIN O. ADAMS
Los Altos, Calif.
You came rather close to violating your tradition (SCORECARD, March 26) by almost saying something positive about the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Though I have read every issue your magazine has ever published, I cannot recall a kind word about the NCAA. Your latest story admitting that the NCAA should have become the nucleus for a governing body over amateur sports 50 years ago is just about the nicest thing you've ever said about this organization.
In your potshots at the NCAA, dropped into all sorts of stories, you arc giving the American public the impression that this is a select group of people who arc governing sports in our colleges and universities. What you never mention is that the "a" on the end of NCAA stands for "association." It is a collection of all the nation's institutions of higher education who arc governing their athletic policies by belonging to the association.
With over 25 years in the college sports field, I and most of my colleagues are aware of what we have accomplished by belonging to the NCAA, virtually eliminating the cheating and downright unethical operation of intercollegiate athletics that was rampant in the era so many tend to call "the good old days."