Letters

December 02, 1991

College Mascots
In your article on college mascots (Woofers & Tweeters, Oct. 28), you not only failed to run a picture of our falcons—the only performing mascots at an NCAA school—but you also said the falcons were "as sleek and elegant" as an F-14, which happens to be a Navy plane. After our crushing defeat of Navy this year, you could at least have compared our falcon with an Air Force aircraft, such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
RAY ALVES
DANNY LASICA
U. S. Air Force Academy, Colo.

I enjoyed your story about animal mascots, but as a Dawgs fan, I take exception to Yale alumnus Chris Getman's slurs about our UGAs, the Georgia bulldog mascots. The contrast in the pictures of UGA V and Yale's Handsome Dan XIII is revealing. Yale's mascot is on his back and apparently delights in rolling over. UGA V doesn't roll over for anyone.
JOHN POWER
Berkeley Heights, N.J.

The World Series
What a fantastic World Series (A Series to Savor, Nov. 4). In this day of high-priced, bickering crybabies, it was refreshing to see quality performances from both teams. There was no talk about egos getting in the way or any semblance of dissension on either team.

Although nobody would have predicted such a scenario, the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves reached this point by playing well and, more important, playing together. This was baseball at its finest.
PHIL CASPARIUS
Watertown, Mass.

As a sports fan from Atlanta, I would like to commend the Twins organization for the magnanimous way in which it handled its World Series victory. To a man, the Twins gave Atlanta credit for being just as deserving of the trophy as they were.

The near miss is extremely painful to all Braves fans, but the supportive attitude of the Twins makes it that much more bearable.
DAVID C. DRISKELL
Chesapeake City, Md.

The one thing I won't forget about the wonderful World Series of '91 is Atlanta's Lonnie Smith stepping up to the plate and shaking Minnesota catcher Brian Harper's hand before the first at bat of Game 7.
JUDITH D. SIMPSON
Indianapolis

Too bad Leo Durocher couldn't have been there to discover that nice guys can finish first—and a close second as well.
BOB MORGAN
Portland, Maine

The umpires were outstanding. Those guys had a thousand close plays, and it seemed as though they got every one right. Time and again, the replays verified the umps' decisions (except when Kent Hrbek pulled Ron Gant off first base—a judgment call). The umpires helped to make the 1991 Series great.
LARRY BLAMEUSER
Niceville, Fla.

Someone who missed the Series on TV and read only your coverage would know nothing of Lonnie Smith's colossal base-running error that cost his team the seventh game. How could you have completely ignored this play?
BUB A. MEISTER
Hawthorne, Calif.

Casey Weldon
Thank you for the article about Florida State quarterback Casey Weldon (Not Just Another Joe, Oct. 28). When you watch Weldon play, it's as though Joe Montana is on the field. We fans of Florida State wish him a bright future in professional football.
LEA ANN MYERS
Chattahoochee, Fla.

Weldon has his wife do his homework, needs his parents to cosign a mortgage, cares little about the subject of his major and refers to his diploma as "just a piece of paper so I can get out of here." All that makes him sound like a spoiled brat.

I hope that his talent as a salesman will provide for his family, because he clearly doesn't have the toughness necessary for the NFL.
SUSAN MOORE
Sacramento

Weldon is taking 10 hours of classes a week and cannot find the time to do his homework, but he can find the time to play Risk, golf, tennis, etc. with his best friend, Brad Johnson.

Weldon is just one of many college athletes who don't realize what they are throwing away.
GIL DOERING
Mountain View, Calif.

It seems appropriate that Weldon's major is political science. Maybe someday he will become a congressman and do what he does best—play golf and let someone else do his work for him.
JOE BRESNEI
Glenshaw, Pa.

A Missed Mascot
I find it hard to believe that you failed to include at least one photo of USC's Trojan Horse, Traveler IV. Please remedy that by running a picture of college football's most famous mascot.
MITCH STEIN
Encino, Calif.

•We've got the horse right here.—ED.

PHOTORICHARD MACKSON

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