I enjoyed immensely Alexander Wolff's article on Missouri's Derrick Chievous, the Jim McMahon of college hoops (Tiger Of Another Stripe, Jan. 12). Of late, my game has been less than spectacular. I think before my next one I'll follow Chievous's example and load up on sugar and apply a Band-Aid.
When I looked at the photo of Chievous at his training table my eyes popped out, too. He ought to be negotiating with a sugar manufacturer for a commercial. Should Chievous survive his diet to play in the NBA, he may share Walter Payton's nickname, "Sweetness."
Half Moon Bay, Calif.
How did we ever get along without POINT AFTER? Curry Kirkpatrick's Good Old Violence (Jan. 5) is one of the funniest essays I have ever read in your magazine. What makes it also very sad is that it is one of the most truthful as well.
Terrific piece! Truly a unique way to perceive the games we play.
JOHN S. SLEVIN
February 2, 1987
An experienced writer like Kirkpatrick should not have to resort to sarcasm to make a point about the excessive violence that is ruining sport today. And, yes, I would rather see Mike Schmidt hit a home run than see Pascual Perez initiate a beanball war—unless the Phillies are playing the Expos. Then I would rather see Schmidt strike out.
Sports fans attend events to see feats of skill, hence the popularity of Dr. J, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Marcus Allen, Eric Dickerson, et al. Morons (not sports fans) attend these events to see violence by the likes of Charles (Too Mean) Martin. Kirkpatrick should not be allowed to promote such nonsense.
Don't you think Curry was a little tough on certain people—such as Danny Ainge, Mike Tyson and Otis Wilson—whose actions were viewed by many, including me, as just reactions?
Great essay. Most people won't admit it, but everyone loves to see a good fight.
TEXAS'S NEW COACH
David McWilliams did not welsh on his contract with Texas Tech (SCORECARD, Dec. 15). It was widely reported here that McWilliams's contract permitted him to terminate it at the end of any season. He simply exercised that option, much in the same way that Lou Holtz left Minnesota to go to Notre Dame. Texas Tech officials took no action to block McWilliams's departure because there was no action to take.
Also, there is no basis for insinuating that McWilliams will stay at Texas only until a better offer comes along. When one considers the number of years that he previously spent at Texas (20 as a player and coach), it is quite apparent that his commitment to Texas is real.
JAMES M. WHITTON
Considering that SI ran a multipage article on a football team (Columbia) that hasn't won a game in three years (The Lions Go Out Like Lambs, Dec. 1), I am dismayed that you failed to follow up on a team that has not lost in four years. Augustana (SPOTLIGHT, Sept. 2, 1985) has a 49-0-1 record over that same span and has now won four consecutive NCAA Division III championships. What's more, coach Bob Reade has an 81-8-1 mark (.905) over eight years.
Like a number of other NCAA schools, Augustana successfully combines academic and athletic excellence. You missed a fine opportunity to reemphasize that point.
Kansas City, Kans.
I am disappointed that you didn't recognize Georgia Southern College as repeat champion of NCAA Division I-AA football. Surely the fact that this team included a player, quarterback Tracy Ham, who passed for more than 5,000 career yards (5,757) and rushed for more than 3,000 (3,212), makes it worthy of special note. In fact, the Georgia Southern football program did not even exist six seasons ago and only began competing at the Division I-AA level three seasons ago.
•For a look at Ham holding the Eagles' Division I-AA championship trophy, see left.—ED.
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