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A.C. Green's example is a testament to his ability to be a
positive and life-changing role model for young people.
JAMES K. SHEEK IV, Columbus, Ga.


In an era when many athletes are alcoholics, drug addicts,
pottymouths and/or greedy crybabies, it was refreshing to read
about both boxer Evander Holyfield (Floored by the Spirit) and
the Dallas Mavericks' A.C. Green (Iron Man) in the same issue
(Nov. 17). Even more refreshing was the fact that your writers,
Richard Hoffer and Michael Farber, respectively, looked at the
Christian beliefs and actions of these men with respect, not
JOSH KENNEDY, Glendale Heights, Ill.

Forget about Mike. I want to be like A.C.

We were dismayed that there was no mention of Jim Marshall in
your article on A.C. Green and his consecutive-games streak.
While playing defensive end, one of football's most physically
grueling positions, Marshall appeared in 282 consecutive games.
This streak spanned 20 years, including every one of the
Minnesota Vikings' games for the first 19 years of their


In your list of memorable NBA clutch shots (Buzzer Beaters, Nov.
10), I expected to see Vinnie Johnson shooting the turnaround
jumper in Game 5 of the 1990 NBA Finals that won the title for
the Pistons over the Trail Blazers. Or maybe Michael Jordan's
shot from the elbow in Game 3 of the '91 Finals between his
Bulls and the Lakers that sent the game into overtime. Or John
Paxson's three-pointer with four seconds left in Game 6 of the
'93 Finals against Phoenix that nailed down the Bulls' third
consecutive title.
BOBBY GARRETT, Kissimmee, Fla.

On Christmas Day 1969, as the Knicks were on their way to their
first NBA title, they trailed the Pistons by a point with one
second left. Dick Barnett set a pick on Walt Bellamy, and Walt
Frazier threw an alley-oop inbounds pass from midcourt that
Willis Reed dunked at the buzzer. The ecstatic Reed ran off the
court with the equally ecstatic Bill Bradley literally riding on
his shoulders.
JIM WEIGERT, New York City


Ten pages devoted to the small men of college basketball (Small
Ball, Nov. 17) and no mention of Seton Hall's Shaheen Holloway
(5'10"), who, with 6'2" Levell Sanders, makes up not only the
best backcourt in the Big East but also one of the top 10 in the
MARC NUCCI, Bloomfield, N.J.

You say a trend began "when teams such as Duke, Arkansas,
Kentucky and Arizona started succeeding by shooting threes and
playing pressure D, and everybody wanted to do it." Few teams
shot as many threes or played better pressure defense than
UNLV's 1989-90 championship team. The "trend" was started by
coach Jerry Tarkanian and the Runnin' Rebels.
JON ROE, Los Angeles


As justification for ending football (POINT AFTER, Nov. 17),
Boston University chancellor John Silber is quoted as saying
that Oxford and Cambridge "have gotten along remarkably well and
never had football." Had he done his homework, he would know
that Oxford and Cambridge have outstanding (rugby) football
teams that compete at the national level in England. Their
annual Varsity Match, now in its 127th year, attracts the
largest attendance, about 70,000, of any club rugby game in the
DAVID B. WILLIAMS, Bethlehem, Pa.

As a BU alumnus ('88), I can tell you that student apathy was a
factor in the demise of the football program. Remember, this is
the school that Rick Pitino quit after five successful years as
basketball coach, citing lack of student support.
WAYNE S. KREGER, Los Angeles

COLOR PHOTO: MANNY MILLAN [Magic Johnson, Robert Parish , Kevin McHale, Larry Bird, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in game]


How could you have left out Magic Johnson's baby hook over
Robert Parish (00), Kevin McHale and Larry Bird (partially
obscured) to win Game 4 of the 1987 Finals, at Boston Garden? I
bet no other buzzer beater in history directly involved four
future Hall of Famers. It was a clutch shot that ultimately
finished the great Lakers-Celtics rivalry of the '80s. Boston
went on to lose that series in six games and hasn't returned to
the Finals since.
CHRIS OCHOA, Davis, Calif.