"MONDAY NIGHT" QUARTERBACKS
Thanks for the article on Monday Night Football and its latest Hop announcer, O.J. Simpson (TV/RADIO, Oct. 31). Watching the Juice perform as an NFL player was one of the most entertaining activities imaginable, but listening to him stumble over words while broadcasting a football game is less interesting than watching paint dry. After Fran Tarkenton bit the dust, I thought ABC would realize that just because a player used to put fans in the stands, it doesn't mean his voice is going to put them in front of a TV screen.
In my opinion O.J. Simpson adds to the game of football and makes watching it more enjoyable. But if ABC wants higher ratings, it should turn out the lights on Don Meredith. He has the kind of charm and personality only a mother could love. Also Howard Cosell. He knows his trivia, and he knows the language, but he just doesn't grow on you.
Little Rock, Ark.
Why the slide? It's simple. Until the NFL and ABC change the starting time of the game from 9 p.m. to 8 p.m., the ratings will continue to decline. Some of the games last past 12:30 a.m., and at that hour I never hear Don Meredith sing Turn Out the Lights, because my lights are already out.
My wife and I are typical take-it-or-leave-it Monday Night Football viewers. With O.J. added to Gifford and Meredith, we'll take it. With the continuously pontificating Cosell, we'll leave it. For us, it's that simple.
RICK AND JULIE SWENSON
HITS AND ERRORS
As an outfielder for the Philadelphia A's from 1925 through 1929, I can assure your readers that it is not unusual for baseball storekeepers to change their rulings from errors to hits and hits to errors after the game. Bob Fulton's letter (19TH HOLE, Oct. 31) on Ernie Koob's 1917 no-hitter brought to mind a game between the A's and the Senators, with Walter Johnson pitching for Washington. A's Shortstop Chick Galloway had been awarded a hit on a ball that Washington Third Baseman Ossie Bluege could not handle. That was our only hit until the ninth inning, when I sent a ball to deep short and beat it out for a clean single. When I reached first base, Joe Judge said, "If you hadn't got that hit, the chief scorer was going to give Bluege an error so that Walter would be credited with a no-hit game." Johnson was a favorite in Washington.
We never knew the number of hits and errors sent in by the scorer until the next day.
WALTER E. FRENCH
Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (ret.)
La Selva Beach, Calif.
In his tribute to Kelso (SCORECARD, Oct. 31) Franz Lidz stated that Kelso's earnings were exceeded only by those of Spectacular Bid, John Henry, Affirmed and Trinycarol. Who the devil is or was Trinycarol? I've followed horses since the time of Zev and Earl Sande, but I must confess that's a new one on me.
DAVE VAN SWEARINGEN
?Trinycarol, Venezuela's Horse of the Year last season, is the leading money-winning female horse of all time. The 4-year-old daughter of Velvet Cap and Ormera has won 18 of 26 career starts for a total of $2,644,516. Until last summer, when she arrived in this country, Trinycarol had raced solely in Venezuela, which is why her record is unfamiliar to many U.S. racegoers. To be included on the list of top earners, a horse must have started at least once in North America. Trinycarol now has two North American starts to her credit. On Sept 25 she ended up fifth and last in the first race—a 1�-mile overnight handicap—at New York's Belmont Park. And on Oct. 23 she was eased up and didn't finish the eighth race—the 1?-mile Las Palmas Handicap—at California's Santa Anita Park, where she's currently stabled.—ED.