Was the article Run Over by the Big Red Machine (Feb. 19) about the Soviet-NHL Challenge Cup written by E. M. Swift or by E. M. Swiftski? Granted, the U.S.S.R. won the series and whipped the NHL All-Stars in the third game, but did he have to praise the Soviets so much? Swift(ski) made them seem nonpareil and the NHL seem like dirt when the situation was not all that horrendous. This was the Soviet National Team, which has practiced and played together a lot longer than the NHL squad.
Pompton Plains, N.J.
Give the Stanley Cup to the Soviets? Is E. M. Swift kidding? Let the Soviet National Team play a series against the Canadiens or the Bruins and see who wins. You can't put a team together in a couple of weeks and expect it to play as well as a team that has played together for months.
Why not let the Soviets compete in the NHL for a year before giving them the Stanley Cup?
BRYAN S. MATHENY
After viewing Game 3 of the Challenge Cup, I came to the conclusion that the powers of the NHL and of North American hockey in general may want to take a serious look at the style of hockey the Soviets displayed. They clearly showed that you don't have to half-kill the opposing team by overchecking, fighting and roughhousing to win games and make the sport exciting.
March 5, 1979
The Canadians may have invented the game, but it appears the Soviets have perfected it.
E. A. JOSEPH
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The article on Moses Malone by Frank Deford (Bounding into Prominence, Feb. 19) is one of the best I have ever read in your magazine. It shows how much Moses is misunderstood by the general public. But being a native Texan makes me proud, and I am sure most Texans do not appreciate Deford's referring to Houston as a "booming, sprawling, crawling, ugly city," or even as a "gumdrop city." Otherwise, it was a well-deserved article on the best center in the NBA.
I highly enjoyed Frank Deford's article on Moses Malone. I'm sure that many of your readers were touched by this gentle giant, as I was. But let us hope that Malone always stays grateful for what he has and wisely uses the power that comes with money.
East Williston, N.Y.
The article on Houston's Moses Malone is the most beautiful account of the life and career of an athlete that I have ever read. He is a superstar in every sense of the word.
In my opinion, the only low point of the article was Frank Deford's statement about Rudy Tomjanovich's being sucker-punched. It seems that because Rudy T was the one who received extensive injuries instead of Kermit Washington, Washington automatically comes off as the bad guy.
As far as Washington knew at the time, Tomjanovich was coming across the court to break his face open, and all Washington did was beat him to the punch. That is called self-defense, not sucker-punching.
Frank Deford calls Moses Malone "the first to make a name in the craft of offensive rebounding." Come on! Remember ex-Celtic and now Seattle SuperSonic Paul Silas?
Manchester, N. H.
LORDS OF THE POOL
What a magnificent article on the Kenyon College swimming team (It's a Real Campus Haunt, Feb. 19). The two paragraphs on Tom Edwards, Kenyon coach from 1955 through 1964, characterized him as "a skilled technician." Tom was also a skilled swimmer. What you failed to mention and may not even know is that every year near the end of the season Tom would challenge anyone and everyone on the team to a 25-yard sprint in the pool. During my four years at Kenyon he was never defeated. Edwards truly reflects the spirit of Kenyon College swimming.
GRANT A. MASON JR., M.D.
1958-59 Kenyon Swimming Team
As a Kenyon College alumnus (class of '76), I was pleased to see our swimmers and swimming tradition finally get their due. As a former student-photographer, let me congratulate Heinz Kluetmeier on his photographs. In addition to the drawbacks of Shaffer Pool that were mentioned, it is almost impossible to photograph in there on a cold day because the condensation coats one's lenses with a fine mist. In four years I shot many a team picture out of doors.
New York City
Concerning Kenyon's 26-year dominance of the Ohio Athletic Conference in swimming, your readers may be interested to know that Kalamazoo College has won or shared 40 consecutive Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association tennis championships since 1936 (there was an interruption during the war years). Thirty-nine of those championships were won outright, and the only shared title dates back to 1962.
Even more amazing is Kalamazoo's dual-meet record against MIAA tennis teams since 1936. The Hornets are currently on a 95-meet winning streak against league competition, and since 1936 they have a 250-1 record. Kalamazoo is the defending NCAA Division III tennis champion.
THOMAS L. RENNER
Is swimming really overrepresented among Sullivan Award winners (SCORECARD. Feb. 19)? In terms of numbers of athletes involved, it probably ranks at or near the top among amateur sports in this country.
Why haven't the names of Tony Dorsett, Earl Campbell, John McEnroe. Nancy Lopez or Tracy Austin been among the 10 finalists? Perhaps it was because they had already received ample recognition and could look forward to receiving awards such as the Heisman (with all the associated hoopla) and annual paychecks in the six-digit range. How can the AAU give an award for amateur athletics to athletes who'll be paid more money the next year than the President of the United States? The 1978 winner, Tracy Caulkins, is and probably always will be purely amateur; there's no pot of gold on her horizon.
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