Bravo to William Taaffe for his insightful criticism of the TBS
coverage of the Goodwill Games (TELEVISION, July 21). I knew he
wouldn't let me down. Thanks to my VCR, the seven hours of daily
coverage could be fast-forwarded to a couple of hours. There were
enough screwups to provide Carson and Letterman with material for
I very much enjoyed the Goodwill Games as broadcast by TBS. Taaffe
might be right in saying that the TBS announcers aren't as good as
some of the network announcers, but I feel they did a good job.
Sometimes the sincerity of the announcers is just as important as the
polished image they project. I appreciate the purpose of the games,
and I also appreciated the announcers.
Taaffe criticized Ted Turner for doing his own commentary on the
yachting competition. I feel that Turner's praiseworthy career in
yacht racing made him an excellent choice. Maybe if Turner had
remained at the helm for the America's Cup in '83, there might not
have been a need for American sailors to travel to Australia this
WENDELL K. JONES
East Providence, R.I.