Give a Green Coat to Dandy Dan Jenkins for his great coverage of the Masters.
A. G. MORAN
WHY BLAME JOE?
Monte Clark fired himself (The Party Became a Lynching, April 18). Why blame Joe Thomas, who offered Clark an extension of his contract as well as an increase in salary?
And for Joe Marshall to quote a longtime acquaintance as saying, "Joe's frustration is that he has never been able to duplicate Al Davis" is totally without regard for Thomas' great record in the NFL. Always a winner, Joe built a team that won two Super Bowls to one for Al Davis.
HERMAN L. WEINER
Pico Rivera, Calif.
CITING A SITE
You have recognized a true sport in Stanley Marsh (A Site for Tired Eyes, April 18). Marsh's belief that relaxation need not be a form of competition is an important message to all of us. Even more important is the fact that Marsh shows us how to do it and have fun. Isn't fun the fundamental element of sports? In this same issue Jack Nicklaus states that taking second place at the Masters was "fun, too." These men are both champions and so are we if we follow their example. And now, I plan to line my garden with my 11 broken tennis rackets.
I enjoyed Frank Deford's article, but I think perhaps he needs to have his eyes checked. He wrote that "art" consisted of "a yellow A, a red R and a blue T." The picture on page 87 shows, however, a red A, a yellow R and a blue T.
My phone started ringing shortly after your April 11 issue hit the stands with the article Forest Hills Hilton.
The calls were from irate paddle tennis players wanting to know what Mark Donovan meant by his statement that "Hilary Hilton stepped up to platform."
I must confess, I did not have the answer. "Possibly," I told them, "the fact that platform tennis is played on an elevated platform, hence, one would step up to reach the platform—or maybe, due to the generous cash prizes of Tribuno, Donovan meant she was stepping up her income."
Surely he could not mean that platform tennis was a superior or more difficult game than paddle tennis. After all, Hilary and Anabelle Lang, two of our paddle tennis AAA players, after only a few weeks of practice, won the 1975 Platform Nationals, and Hilary repeated in 1977. It is highly improbable that two platform players, after only a few weeks' practice, could win any of our paddle tennis national events.
HENRY C. DUNHAM
American Paddle Tennis League
Beverly Hills, Calif.
Having always believed a "winner" must be willing to go one step further, I am about to take mine by suggesting that you retitle Mark Donovan's article.