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The BBWAA should have given out awards such as Best Player Representative and Best Negotiator.

Baseball Awards
I applaud Steve Wulf for sticking up for Tom Pedulla and Joel Sherman, two of the writers who submitted blank ballots for this season's major league player awards presented by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (POINT AFTER, Oct. 31). It is absurd to give out year-end awards when the baseball season was stopped, not "shortened."
PAUL M. GREEN, Livingston, N.J.

Steve Wulf's POINT AFTER was right on the mark. Those cocky players are on strike, so they do not deserve the bonuses that accompany MVP and Cy Young awards. If they don't think the World Series is important enough to play, then why should they care about postseason awards? (The answer: to bolster their already inflated egos.)
JOHN JEKA, Hinsdale, Ill.

The way I see it, a league composed of children who will not share their toys with the rest of the country should not be given special recognition.

Drew Bledsoe
Excellent article on New England Patriot quarterback Drew Bledsoe (Coot Hand Drew, Nov. 7). As a Washington State graduate, I got to watch Bledsoe do his magic every week. I also heard his father, Mac Bledsoe, lecture youths about setting goals and the necessity of family unity. There is no doubt that Bledsoe will be one of the NFL's great quarterbacks.
SCOTT STEVENS, Ephrata, Wash.

Japanese Baseball
Yes, it's weird to see managers receive flowers from kimono-clad women, players restricted to single-year contracts and players dropping out of their union (Away Games, Oct. 31). But it works fine here in Japan, and we have never had a strike take away our national pastime.

Empty, sad, victimized, punished, angry, forgotten, bitter: I felt all these when I saw your Oct. 31 cover. I hope Donald Fehr, Richard Ravitch and their respective gangs of merry men shared these same feelings.
DAVID LESE, Novato, Calif.

Looking forward to your coverage of the Slovak Hockey Championships.
STEVE SINOPOLI, East Weymouth, Mass.

Japanese baseball? Who cares?

Team Handball
We noted with little humor your jest concerning The Weather Channel's sponsorship of the U.S. team handball squad, especially your incorrect insinuation that people rarely watch our network (SCORECARD, Oct. 31). As for our sponsorship, we're surprised SI would ridicule corporate support of any U.S. Olympic team.
The Weather Channel, Atlanta

The men and women in the national team handball program have interrupted their lives to relocate to Atlanta, where they train morning and evening while holding daytime jobs. Articles about team handball players would promote better role models than many of your stories, which focus on pampered athletes who orchestrate applause for themselves.
GLENN ALLINGER, Bozeman, Mont.

Mochrie's Moxie
I enjoyed Going for the Flag (Oct. 31), your account of the U.S. women winning golf's Solheim Cup, and I am sure Dottie Mochrie's play was significant. However, her boorish, unsportsmanlike behavior—yelling, "Yes!" when opponent Laura Davies missed a putt—unfortunately seems to be normal for her.

Dallas D
I agree it's a shame that no one has come up with a name for the Dallas Cowboys' amazing but anonymous defensive unit (Big W for the Big D, Oct. 24). How about Texas Strangers?
R.J. TERRILL, Torrance, Calif.

Odd Bowl Pairing
In an otherwise excellent article about the Southwest Conference (INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL, Nov. 7), you state that Texas Tech has never been to the Cotton Bowl. But your reporter undoubtedly was not in Dallas on Jan. 2, 1939, when the Red Raiders took the field against Saint Mary's of California in the only Cotton Bowl appearance for each team.

As the story goes out West, Saint Mary's got the bid after the Gaels' coach, Slip Madigan (left), arranged for the Cotton Bowl selector to have dinner and a dance with Marlene Dietrich. Oh, yes, I almost forgot—Saint Mary's withstood a furious Tech rally to prevail 20-13.





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