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Dr. Z's All-Pro Team
I find it rather strange that only one Washington Redskin was selected by Paul Zimmerman for his All-Pro team (Strength in Numbers, Dec. 30-Jan. 6). Has everyone failed to see what a dominating season Wilber Marshall had? Not only did he nearly lead the league in interceptions as a linebacker, but he was also the catalyst of a Redskins defense that allowed the second-fewest (after New Orleans) points in the league. For all the defensive statistics that exist, the bottom line is how many points your opponent puts on the scoreboard. It's a shame that Marshall will not be appearing in the Pro Bowl, but it's even worse that he was not recognized by Dr. Z.
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Dr. Z's decision to leave Jim Lachey, offensive tackle for the Redskins, off his team is unconscionable. Going into Super Bowl XXVI, Lachey had not allowed a sack since Nov. 22, 1990, an unbelievable statistic given that the Redskins play in the sack-happy NFC East. He consistently flattened marquee players such as Lawrence Taylor and Jerome Brown on running plays, opening interstate-wide lanes for backs Earnest Byner and Ricky Ervins. Harris Barton and John Alt are excellent players, but Lachey is the best offensive lineman in football.
Seaford, Va.

How can eight Houston Oilers make the Pro Bowl and not one of them make the starting lineup of Dr. Z's All-Pro team?
Aurora, Colo.

Dennis Martinez
Thank you for your fine article about Dennis Martinez of the Expos {Return of the Native, Dec. 30-Jan. 6). I object, however, to your painting the Sandinistas as the embodiment of all that is wrong in Nicaragua. Having twice worked in Managua during the past five years, once to coach a wheelchair basketball team, I can testify that Nicaraguan political reality defies such a simple portrayal.

One of the beauties of sport lies in its potential to transcend politics in order to bring people together. It is possible that in a proud yet tired country like Nicaragua, perhaps only a Dennis Martinez can heal its deep wounds and renew its hopes for a truly independent future.
New York City

While it's nice that Martinez has finally sobered up. I'll bet a lot of Baltimore fans feel shortchanged. Never has an Oriole with such potential underachieved to the extent that he has. Yet despite his decade-long stupor, he has made more in one season than most Americans will make in a lifetime.
Burtonsville, Md.

Whose Field of Dreams?
Thumbs-up to SI for its thumbs-down item about Fay Vincent's quote, "Where would ESPN be without baseball? There are only so many tractor pulls and billiards matches you can televise" (Score-card. Dec. 23).

The sport of truck and tractor pulling has been an American pastime for 50 years. Even though few pulling heroes are household names, for many Americans pulling has produced a number of legends. Not all fields of dreams are baseball diamonds; for some, they are 300-foot pulling strips.

Truck and tractor pulling events have been featured on ESPN for the past six years. You might say that pulling paved the way for Major League Baseball.
Director of Communications
National Tractor Pullers Association
Worthington, Ohio

Sideline Celeb
You noted that under an NFL rule Jerry Glanville's son, Justin, is barred from the Falcons' sideline because he serves no "game-related function" (Inside the NFL, Dec. 23). I'm curious as to what function Hammer, the famous rapper, served while on the Atlanta sideline during the Falcons-Saints playoff game.

•Not an essential one, it seems. The Falcons were fined $10,000 by the NFL for having '"unauthorized personnel"—Hammer—on the sideline during the game with
New Orleans.



Hammer, here with the Falcons' Deion Sanders, turned out to be one pricey playoff guest.

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