Thanks to Frank Deford for exposing Rocky III for what it is (MOVIES, June 7). I loved Rocky and Rocky II, but Sylvester Stallone should have stopped at two. The original Rocky, a sweet little tale of a guy's struggle for love and recognition, has degenerated into a campy what-idiotic-situation-can-we-put-our-hero-in-next mentality in Rocky III. Poor Rocky has been milked enough.
I hope there's no Rocky IV. I couldn't last another round!
The review of Rocky III was the biggest bunch of junk I've read in a long time. Was it supposed to be funny? What is so wrong with making movie after movie on the same subject when that subject touches everybody the way Rocky Balboa does? What's wrong with pulling for a street kid who worked to make good? Isn't that what life is all about?
If we eventually do make it to Rocky XXXVIII I'll be right there in the front row screaming and clapping, and I'll go home feeling wonderful!
June 20, 1982
What's wrong with a little escapism once in a while? The world is in a tragic state, so let's hold on to our heroes, real or fictional.
DENNIS S. JARABAK
Frank Deford's review made me want to start doing my math homework! Get serious, please. Deford is an excellent sportswriter, but a movie critic? I don't think so. He was all wrong about one of the finest movies I've ever seen.
How can Frank Deford say so many bad things about Rocky III? I'd like to see Deford get whaled by Mr. T.
DANIEL C. SULASKI
Hats off to Steve Wulf for a fine article on the "new" Mets (The Mets Try To Steal New York, June 7). It has been a long while since we Mets fans had reasonable hope for a winning season, but with the boys from Queens just a stone's throw away from first place and the Yanks about 10 games out, maybe other New York sports fans will sit up and take notice.
As difficult as it is for me to be a Mets fan here in Boston, I nonetheless feel close to this team because of its dedication to hard work and having fun. Maybe George Bamberger and his crew won't have to wait until 1984 to bring two million New Yorkers into Shea Stadium!
Come on, don't tell me SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is getting caught up in the Mets, too. I've been hearing it from Mets fans for two months, and now I have to see it in your magazine. Don't get me wrong, the comparisons with the Yankees and the excitement over the Mets' beating the Yanks, along with the chants of "The magic is back," don't bother me. I just laugh and say wait till the end of the season, when it really counts. The Yankees were, are and always will be the Kings of New York
Roselle Park, N.J.
So the Mets have costlier hot dogs. Are the hot dogs in question the ones sold in the stands at Shea or are they the ones playing on the field? For years the Mets have been the most overrated and overpublicized team in baseball. Spare us in the future. Let's have a story on the best team in the majors: the Detroit Tigers.
Green Valley, Ariz.
SI is absolutely right about the All-Star voting farce (SCORECARD, May 31). The general idea was great: More fan involvement equals more fan interest in the game. There must be another way to get fan interest, though. The All-Star Game is supposed to be a showcase for the players who are doing best at the time of their selection. The fans have no idea of who's playing well, except for the top 10 batters, who are listed in the newspapers. Mostly the fans just punch the hole on the ballot next to their favorite players. They vote from the heart, not the head. Let's leave the voting to the managers, who know the players. This would make the game more exciting to us real fans.
I say give the votes to the players. Let them choose a truly All-Star group. The commissioner's office should review this matter in time to bring dignity back for the 1983 All-Star Game.
I have an idea for All-Star voting that would be fairer and would appease everyone, including the commissioner: Make the balloting a three-part process, with one vote going to the fans, one to the sportswriters and one to the players or managers. If there is a tie, then the winner would be the fans' selection
With this system, rookies and comeback players who didn't make the preprinted ballot could be elected by the sportswriters and players or managers. This system would also serve to keep injured or undeserving big names out of the lineup. Also, the nonstarting members of the team could be picked from among the runners-up.
I know that baseball isn't going to scrap a selection process that has a sponsor paying a big tab, but with my plan, the leagues could get their money and we fans could again see a true All-Star Game.
GORDON K. HARDEN JR.
Owings Mills, Md.
Thanks to SI and Kenny Moore for your coverage of the G√∂tzis (Austria) International Decathlon and Heptathlon (In Sum, It Was Just What He Wanted, May 31). It's unusual to see anything written on these exacting events outside of the Olympic years, and for those of us who try to follow them it is certainly nice to see more than the usual FOR THE RECORD blurb. Daley Thompson is a superb athlete who keeps everything in proper perspective, and he is beginning to get the acknowledgment in this country that he deserves.
Anyone who has followed the career of Jane Frederick is aware that she has been world class in her event for years and that she is showing no signs of fading.
No mention was made of the Americans entered in the decathlon. Who was the top U.S. finisher? Although the Americans didn't win, their dedication to this demanding event shouldn't go unnoticed.
•Tony Allen-Cooksey, the only U.S. decathlete entered, pulled a hamstring in the long jump and didn't finish.—ED.
Your recent profiles of sprinter Stanley Floyd (In the Fast Lane Again, April 5), javelin thrower Bob Roggy (A Spear Carrier No More, May 10) and triple jumper Willie Banks (The Bounding Barrister, May 17) were much appreciated. It's especially good to see attention being paid to two of track and field's least followed but most exciting events, the javelin and triple jump.
It was also pleasantly surprising to read of Daley Thompson's performance at the G√∂tzis decathlon meet. I had no knowledge of this event, because our local television and newspaper media apparently thought it not worthy of note. Thompson looks like a good bet to equal Bob Mathias' feat of winning double Olympic decathlon gold.
Thanks to Anita Verschoth for a fine article on Willie Banks. As a triple jumper myself, I agree with Banks that it's nearly impossible to psych up for a jump with few or no interested spectators around. Because the triple jump demands equal amounts of speed, coordination and strength, it is one of the most difficult events to master, even with a cheering crowd behind you. Anyone who believes differently has never tried it.
JIM K. KILLAM
BIG LITTLE PLAYER
In your May 24 FACES IN THE CROWD, there was an item on basketball player Anthony (Spud) Webb in which you said that despite his height of 5'6" he had about 40 dunks last season. I would never have believed it had I not seen it for myself.
I went out to Hutchinson, Kans. this year to see a National Junior College Athletic Association tournament game. Webb got out on a fast break, and before he even reached the free-throw line, virtually everyone in the place stood up and started screaming. I was thinking to myself: "So what? The little guy is going to hit a layup. What's everyone yelling about?" When he stuffed the ball, the whole place went nuts. But that was nothing compared to what he did next. A forward who appeared to be about 6'8" went in for a layup. Webb, standing flat-footed, leaped and, with a good six inches of his arm above the rim, blocked the shot.
Webb gives a little hope to all the small players in the game. It was nice to see him receive recognition for his ability.
DALE R. MONDARY
Junction City, Kans.
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