Golf is life. Everything else is simply waiting to play.
--RICHARD FOSTER, New Orleans
Hey, Frank, what about us (Hooked on Golf, Sept. 7)? Maybe your
feminine alter ego, Frances, can write about fanatic women
golfers next time.
KATHY KEMPER, Washington, D.C.
Score Deford a double eagle. The Golfer-American is epitomized
by our group, the Cahoonas. Our annual Linx & Drinx is a dawn to
dusk, four-day golfing marathon with massive quantities of beer,
steaks, friendly wagers and rock-and-roll. With Deford's article
as fresh evidence of the benefits of being a Golfer-American,
our chances of getting a pass from our wives to tee it up for a
14th, 15th and 16th Linx & Drinx are in the bag. For this Deford
gets a mulligan on every hole he plays with a Cahoona.
PATRICK GOETZINGER, Rapid City, S.Dak.
Next time you're in Grand Rapids, Frank, you have an invitation
to come play. We'll send the girls shopping, brag about our sex
lives, drink double gins at the turn and eat all the pretzels at
the 19th hole.
STEVE HARMON, Grand Rapids, Mich.
An older brother of mine, an executive at a conservative company
in the Midwest, capitulated when his boss ordered him to take up
golf so he could more effectively schmooze with golf-addicted
clients from abroad. Now my brother grudgingly lugs a golf bag
on business trips but never speaks of his game among family
ANDREW LUBAR, St. Paul
As a 23-year-old baseball fan, I have envied people who were
fortunate enough to grow up during the time of the Babe or of
Maris, when seemingly unbreakable records were set (Making His
Mark, Sept. 14). Thank you, Mark McGwire, for giving another
generation the opportunity to witness history.
MATT SPLAIN, Coudersport, Pa.
Like the last time the home run mark was broken, as this year's
record breaker (number 62) cleared the fence, the Red Sox were
playing the Yankees. Once again Boston lost the game to New York
by one run. The gods surely laughed and, thanks to McGwire, even
the faithful at Fenway smiled.
NATHAN DANA ALDRICH, Santa Monica, Calif.
I'm happy for the people of St. Louis and Chicago because they
get the chance to cheer for McGwire and Sosa. I'm sorry for the
people of St. Louis and Chicago because they have to cheer for
the Rams and the Bears.
DENNIS LYON, Sheboygan, Wis.
If I had $1 million, I would spend not a cent on number 62 and
all of it on the record-setting homer at the end of the season.
That will be the historic ball.
GLEN PICKUS, Mukilteo, Wash.
I'm sorry to say this, but the names Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa
don't have the same magical ring as Babe Ruth and Roger Maris.
Maybe in 37 years they will.
JOSEPH DAUDISH, Westchester, Ill.
In your college football preview issue you said that no one in
the state thought Tennessee could beat Florida this year. I have
news for you (Starlit Night, Sept. 28). We always think we can
win, and more than a hundred thousand of us showed up for the
game against Florida to show how much we believe in our team.
The Gators' rushers could not get away from the Volunteers'
defense, and middle linebacker Al Wilson should be a top
contender for the Butkus Award now. I love SI, but even more I
love pointing it out when you are wrong.
BRETT LEWIS, Knoxville, Tenn.
COPING WITH LOSS
Thank you, Tim Layden. Thank you, Corby Jones. Losing a parent is
something many college kids don't have to deal with (Heavy Heart,
Sept. 21). I commend Corby for battling through his grief every
day and continuing to pursue his dreams and, more important, his
education. His courage is evident.
MICHAEL SIGRIST, North St. Paul, Minn.
At the Ohio State-Missouri game, we Buckeye fans sitting in the
upper reaches of the stands were confident about the outcome but
were always concerned when Jones ran with the football. He was
fearless and relentless. Although Missouri lost, he won a lot of
respect from the fans in Columbus that day.
CINDY BERNLOHR, Columbus, Ohio
How about Rickey Henderson, at 39, leading the major leagues
with 66 stolen bases? He deserved to make your article on the 10
terrific stories in baseball that were overshadowed by the home
run and Cy Young races (SCORECARD, Sept. 14).
Scott Reed, Midland, Texas
You overlooked another top 10 story of the baseball season: The
Astros scored more runs than the Rockies did, despite playing in
a pitchers' park.
HARVEY LAAS, Brookshire, Texas
Your chart on big paychecks for weak college football programs
that sacrifice themselves to the Top 25 teams early in the
season (SCORECARD, Sept. 7) brings to mind my first year at Wake
Forest. In 1974 we watched our Demon Deacons, a Division I
school, lose three consecutive road games, to Oklahoma (63-0),
Penn State (55-0) and Maryland (47-0), a combined score of
165-0. Our bruised and battered team brought home some nice loot
Lou Sparks, Houston