The circumstances into which Herschel Walker has fallen are unfortunate ("I Am Not a Dog" Nov. 12). Overall, the fan support for him is strong here in Minnesota and we're still rooting for him. But the sports media in Minneapolis-St. Paul have always cried at the first sign of Viking mediocrity and ultimately pressed the panic button. Hang in there, Herschel. Your perseverance will overcome.
Grand Rapids, Minn.
After watching Walker's terrific performance for the Vikings on Nov. 18 [99 yards, one touchdown in a 24-21 defeat of the Seattle Seahawks], I felt sorry for him. A flash of the old brilliance lashed out against the wave of criticism that has engulfed him these past few weeks. For one day he triumphed over a system and a team that, deliberately or not, hold him back from achieving his full potential.
As a (gulp!) New England Patriots fan, I would trade for Herschel any Sunday of the season. Now if only we could get Doug Flutie back to hand off to him...Nah!
The way I see it, Herschel still has one year of eligibility left at the University of Georgia, and we Dawg fans would be most happy to have him back.
I'm a Florida Gator fan, and Herschel Walker broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes with his performances against us in the 1980, '81 and '82 Georgia-Florida games—all Bulldog wins, thanks to Walker. Nevertheless, I have a great respect and admiration for him. He's one of a dying breed of true role models. Minnesota, you just don't know what you've got.
THE ITALIAN STALLION
Sylvester Stallone has done a grave disservice to the sport of boxing for the last 14 years. In his story about Stallone and the Rocky films (Rocky, the Article, Nov. 12), Franz Lidz points out, "By now probably more people have watched Rocky than any other boxer in history...."
Unfortunately, the images projected by these films involve negative and fictional characterizations of professional boxing. These damaging portrayals include fighters dying in the ring, punch-drunk ex-champions, cornermen performing eye surgery, double-digit knockdowns and enough blood and gore to satisfy any horror-film fanatic. People who have never been to a prizefight are left with the impression that all are as violent and abusive as Rocky's title bouts.
I fail to see the connection with sport. The fact that Stallone has made, and is best known for, boxing movies does not qualify him to be considered a sports figure.
Years of reading your magazine cover-to-cover has broadened my sports horizons. Nowadays I appreciate and enjoy features on a variety of athletic endeavors. But, yo, editor! Sylvester Stallone and his mammoth ego? Nobody's horizons should be that broad.
MARTIN R. MOEN
In Jill Lieber's article about Herschel Walker, she mentions his exercise regimen. As an ordinary human being, I am curious: How do you break down a daily regimen of 3,500 sit-ups and 1,500 push-ups into sets and reps, and how much time do the exercises take?
•Walker says that he does all his sit-ups—they're of the "stomach crunch" type now preferred by physiologists—in sets of 500 or 750 during one morning session of 20 to 25 minutes. That includes the time needed to do 50 or 100 push-ups between the sets of sit-ups. He does his remaining push-ups throughout the day, whenever he has time.—ED.
PETER READ MILLER
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