Thank you for Leigh Montville's article on the Boston Garden (And They All Say, "This Is It?", May 19). I hope the rest of the country will now realize what we Bostonians have known for years: The Gah-den is the unchallenged center of professional basketball.
What an article! I have never had the privilege of visiting the Boston Garden, but Montville's story brought me one step closer. Reading it made me truly appreciate the richness of the Garden tradition.
I grew up in San Antonio, but my hero was the Celtics' John Havlicek, and when I launched jump shots on my backyard court, the cracked concrete was parquet. The Garden—I've never been there, and I've always been there. Thank you.
Thanks a million for Bruce Newman's fine article on the Lakers' James Worthy (Trust Worthy, Praise Worthy, May 19). Worthy has been my hero for many years. His "non-glitter" style and his laid-back attitude are what I like best. It's nice to see someone with his talent who is not spending all of his time shooting off his mouth about others and bragging about how great he is. Worthy probably won't go down as the greatest player in history, but he has made some of the best look real sad.
June 1, 1986
As an avid NBA fan, I was quietly enjoying the piece on Worthy, until Worthy blamed a Celtic reserve (M.L. Carr) for making him miss a crucial overtime foul shot by "chattering" at him. He followed by saying that the practice was "kind of cheap—but that's the Celtics." Worthy sounded a bit like a crybaby—but that's the Lakers.
DON C. MACKENZIE
NOTE THE ROCKETS
"No Shot For The Rockets" (May 19)? How terribly premature. Jack McCallum! Indeed, it appears as though Houston's time has come in the form of Akeem Olajuwon, Ralph Sampson and the increasingly confident Rockets backcourt. Sorry, no Magic here, just a forest of tall trees standing strong against a graying sky (hook).
DONALD W. ROHLFER
Thanks to Jill Lieber for her fantastic article about Western Michigan's John Offerdahl (A Guy From Kalamazoo, May 12), who was drafted by the Miami Dolphins. John will make a tremendous impact on the National Football League, just as he did on the MidAmerican Conference.
Incidentally, there is another guy from Kalamazoo who will attract attention in the NFL this season: Mark Drenth, a 6'5" 286-pound offensive guard from Kalamazoo Central High via Purdue. Mark was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will be a huge force in the Bucs' climb back up the NFL ladder.
KIRK H. KAISER
It was most enlightening to read about the behind-the-scenes, anxious moments of a potential NFL draftee. I really appreciated the personal viewpoint revealing the stresses of college football and the draft. With such a great attitude about his family and friends, Offerdahl should go far in his football and projected medical careers.
WHERE THE HECK?
I read with interest Rick Reilly's story of the little-known Joe Dudek of Plymouth State (What The Heck, Why Not Dudek?, Dec. 2). Can you tell me if the "thinking fan's" choice for the 1985 Heisman Trophy was picked in the NFL draft?
Ann Arbor, Mich.
•No, he wasn't, but last week he signed a two-year contract with the Broncos.—ED.
KIRBY PUCKETT'S NAMESAKE
Like William Taaffe, I am an admirer of Bob Costas and his style of sports reporting (A Fun Guy, No Kidding, May 17). One item not included in the story was a May 3 on-the-air discussion Costas had with partner Tony Kubek about a name for his as yet unborn child. Costas related an earlier conversation he had had with Kirby Puckett of the Minnesota Twins in which Puckett strongly suggested that the child be named Kirby—be it a boy or a girl. Costas replied that if Puckett were hitting .350 on May 1, the expected time of the birth, this might be considered.
It would be interesting to know what name Bob and Randy Costas have given their newborn, who must have arrived by now. A picture of the infant would also be nice.
DAVID H. BOYD
•The Costas baby, a six-pound, 13-ounce boy, arrived at 1:52 p.m. Friday, May 9, at which time Puckett's average was .374. However, the Costases named their son Keith Michael—Keith after Randy's younger brother, and Michael because the couple liked it as a middle name. But then people began reminding Costas of his promise to Puckett. Recalling that former major league pitcher Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma (Cal) McLish was well known for his many middle names, Bob and Randy had a new birth certificate drawn up—for Keith Michael Kirby Costas (left).—ED.
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