As a former resident of Green Bay, I take great offense at your article Troubled Times in Titletown (May 25). I especially find offensive the suggestion that "the answer to Green Bay's dilemma is simple...sell the franchise to Milwaukee." Green Bay is one of the better places in this country to live. The people, the town, the opportunities to make friends, work and live happily are just some of its good points. Green Bay's only problem is its cold climate—a problem that also plagues other NFL cities.
You greatly underestimate the support for the Packers, whose home games have sold out since 1960. Thank you for your concern, but we will keep them in Green Bay and go on supporting them.
In the relationship between the citizens of Green Bay and Packer players, a double standard seems obvious. A Packer is someone to be cheered on Sunday, yet viewed with jealousy and envy the other six days of the week. A local citizen making eight dollars an hour working in a paper mill or stockyard has trouble coming to grips with a young athlete making $100,000 playing football.
The problem is more alarming for a black athlete. He may be good enough to score touchdowns for our team, but when he takes out one of our daughters, that's another story.
MICHAEL J. DAUL
June 14, 1987
There is no doubt that Green Bay is going through a tough time—perhaps its toughest time—with the Packers, but Green Bay is not the issue. The issue is the behavior of professional athletes. For as much as they get paid, professional athletes have a responsibility to the fans, especially the kids who look up to them. It goes with the paycheck. So you shouldn't feel sorry for the players. Instead, you should feel sorry for the kids who idolize a player one day and read about his being accused of doing drugs or committing a crime the next.
One of SI's strengths has been its willingness to tackle subjects of social and political concern. Your environmental stands in particular have made me a reader for life. Robert Sullivan's castigation (VIEWPOINT, May 18) of the Reagan Administration for its failure, along with Capitol Hill's, to implement acid rain controls is one more example of SI's commitment.
Sullivan's VIEWPOINT was out of place in SI. Aside from the article's summary and selective treatment of a complex social, economic and environmental issue, it definitely did not allow me to "get the feeling."
JAMES A. MCENTARFER
Tell City, Ind.
I agree with Jack McCallum (POINT AFTER, May 25) that the last thing the NBA needs is four new franchises. A league in which even the best teams lack deep benches and a league in which the Clippers, the Kings and the scandal-ridden Suns continue to lead a bleak existence should be contracting rather than expanding.
Why must commissioner David Stern and the leading officials of the other major professional sports always make decisions with only the dollar in mind, while ignoring the damage to the quality of their leagues that may result?
HOLD THAT NAME!
I recognize the fact that Isiah Thomas is one of the most spectacular basketball players in the NBA, but I take issue with your billing him on your May 18 cover as MR. CLUTCH. As far as I am concerned, that nickname belongs to only one man: Jerry West.
Culver City, Calif.
My compliments to Bruce Anderson for a well-written, colorful article about UCLA's 12th NCAA volleyball title (With Ozzie, It Was Easy, May 11), but the reference to the Bruins' "12th NCAA title in 25 years under [coach Al] Scates" is misleading. It would be more accurate to say that UCLA won its 12th NCAA title since 1970, the year the NCAA began sponsoring a national championship tournament for men's collegiate volleyball. In other words, under Scates, UCLA has won 12 NCAA volleyball titles in 18 years.
Between 1963 and 1970, Scates guided the Bruins to two U.S. Volleyball Association championships, in '65 and '67.
Assistant Sports Information Director
HOME FOR OWLS
If the Marathon (Fla.) High football team is looking for a foster home for its burrowing owls (SCORECARD, May 25), it can do no better than the Florida Atlantic University campus in Boca Raton, which contains one of the world's largest burrowing owl sanctuaries. FAU's nickname is—what else?—the Owls.
ROGER H. MILLER
Boca Raton, Fla.
HERO AND GOATS OF 1960
Thanks for the update on former Yankee pitcher Ralph Terry (SCORECARD, May 18). I took this photo on July 12, 1986, at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage, Alaska, where Terry, former Pirate Bill Mazeroski, who hit the 1960 World Series-winning homer off Terry, and Johnny Blanchard, the catcher for the Yankees that day, got together for an old-timers' game. It was rainy and the crowd was sparse, so I was able to get on the field to meet the players. It was heaven for this old Bucco fan, who idolized Mazeroski even before he launched that seventh-game homer out of Forbes Field.
Blanchard, who surprised me with his humor, said that he kept calling for a "fastball at the knees" on that fateful day, but that Terry, being "a psychology major from Oklahoma," instead threw a "high slider that didn't slide," and so Blanchard headed for the dugout at the crack of the bat.
Terry was as gracious and comfortable with his place in baseball history as anyone could imagine. His willingness to take the time to go over that game with us fans for probably the millionth time made me regret some of the negative thoughts I had had about him over the years.
It's wonderful to know that Terry is contemplating joining the Senior PGA tour. If he does, I'll cheer for him.
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