•Mitchell also led the league in receptions in 1977. Chuck Foreman, Vikings in '75; MacArthur Lane, Chiefs in '76; Rickey Young, Vikings in '78; Joe Washington, Colts in '79; and Roger Craig of the 49ers in '85 also led the NFL in catches.
Love Him or Hate Him
Thank you for allowing Tim Crothers to offer his opinion regarding Dick Vitale (INSIDE COLLEGE BASKETBALL, Dec. 28-Jan. 4). He summarized Vitale perfectly: Dickie V is not superb. Whenever possible, I watch the picture on television but listen to the game on the radio.
TOM STIGGER, Louisville
I enjoy Vitale the way I enjoy the Green Monster at Fenway Park. I'm glad that not all stadiums are built that way, but I appreciate its quirkiness and unique perspective.
DAVID RAFTUS, Nepean, Ont.
So what if Vitale uses too many superlatives? He is what college basketball and its fans are about: honest displays of excitement and simple love for the game.
FRANK A. DISILVESTRO, Bloomington, Ind.
I know who Dicky V is without seeing a last name. Who is Tint Crothers?
COSMO DIPIERRO, Portland, Maine
Passing the Buck
By trying to lay the blame on Eric Lindros for the Philadelphia Flyers' failure to win the Stanley Cup (Put Up or Shut Up, Dec. 28-Jan. 4), general manager Bob Clarke overlooks one fact: Hockey is a team game. The Buffalo Sabres beat the Flyers in the playoffs last year because they received superior goaltending and had more team speed. Ever since he began running the Flyers in 1984, Clarke, who starred with the beefy Broad Street Bullies during the '70s, has favored big, hulking players who can't skate. This antiquated philosophy doesn't work, and Clarke, not Lindros, must bear the responsibility for Philadelphia's playoff shortcomings.
J.E. MCBEE, Lewiston, N.Y.