Fathers and Sons
If the juxtaposition of articles in your Dec. 2 issue about Rick Barry and his sons (Daddy Dearest) and Albert Lewis and his father (A Chip off the Old Block) wasn't intentional, it should have been. The contrast between Rick Barry and Brad Lewis, the father of Albert Lewis of the Kansas City Chiefs, is striking. Barry selfishly abandoned his wife and five children during what many would consider to be the best of times. Brad Lewis, on the other hand, selflessly supported his wife and 13 children in the worst of times.
DAVID B. RAMSEY
I read with interest about how Rick Barry walked out on his family. Barry was more concerned with his own ego than with providing for his family, and now he has the nerve to return and take credit for his boys.
I was one of the "mortified campers" at summer basketball camp whom the Barrys left with "a resonant impression of the all-American family at play." Your story needed either more research or a less biased viewpoint. In my experience, Rick Barry gave of himself freely, always. He spoke with me at length after my father died, and he also wrote to me, providing inspiration that helped during a troubled time. I think you took some cheap shots at a man who deserves better.
ANDREW N. S. GLAZER
I would like to comment on the article written about my family. I feel that this article was far too negative and that it made my father look like a jerk. I love my father, and I know my brothers love him too. This article obscured that love. I want SI's readers to know that my father is a great man and that I love him just as any child loves his father.
I was outraged by The Dixie Cup (Dec. 2). This article was supposedly about the Ole Miss-Mississippi State football game, but instead it was an attack on the state of Mississippi and two of its fine universities. Mississippi has made great strides in race relations in the past 25 years. Have you forgotten the tremendous outpouring of support by whites and blacks for Ole Miss's Chucky Mullins after he was paralyzed during a game with Vanderbilt in 1989? This is only one sign of the changes that have taken place during the years. Also, my state is Mississippi, not Mis'ippi. You may find it humorous to make light of the way people from Mississippi speak, but we do not share your sense of humor.
DAVID B. MCMAIN
Sugar Bowl Bound
I found William F. Reed's Nov. 25 COLLEGE REPORT to be contradictory. He states that Notre Dame, with three losses, is still the game's biggest draw and yet somehow the fans will be cheated on New Year's Day because the Irish were selected over California and Penn State for the Sugar Bowl. It seems to me that when the votes are in, the fans are in fact going to see the team they want most to see. As unfair as that may be, the bowls have never been about fairness. They are about entertainment, ratings and, yes, money.
STEPHEN M. LUCCA
If all the supposedly undeserving football teams stepped aside from the bowl games, as Reed suggests Notre Dame should do, there would be only five or six bowl games. Why should Notre Dame at 9-3 be singled out? No one suggested that Virginia should have declined last year's Sugar Bowl invitation, even though the Cavaliers were sliding out of the Top 20 at the time.
GREGORY T. EINBODEN
With anticipation and excitement we began to read Curry Kirkpatrick's article about Christian Laettner (Devilishly Different, Nov. 25). We had expected an insightful analysis of Duke's 1991-92 basketball team, but what we received instead was five pages of pointless rambling on such critical issues as Laettner's primping, Laettner's hairstyle and Laettner's "tastes in clothes, women and rap music." The only team members even mentioned from this year's top-ranked squad were Laettner's co-captain and roommate, Brian Davis, and guard Bobby Hurley.
In addition, though we have a combined total of 10 years of graduate and undergrad education at Duke, neither of us has encountered any of the "choir-warbling, wimped-out, finesse meisters" in the "Cameron Indoor Asylum" that Kirkpatrick ridicules as being typical of Duke. Kirkpatrick is out of touch with what is exciting about college basketball.
While you are to be commended for your excellent article on telephone touts (1-900-RIPOFFS, Nov. 18), you unfortunately implied that one of the few honest handicappers in this dishonest industry is a ripoff artist. On page 115, just over the word RIPOFF in the headline, is a photo of an ad for Stan Lisowski's Power Plays. I'm a sports-service operator myself and know that Stan is one of the few good guys in this business. Stan's claims for his service are accurate, and he's monitored by a legitimate documentation service, Handicapper's Report Card.
Laguna Niguel, Calif.
•Some of the sports handicapping services whose ads were reproduced in the layout in question were not mentioned in the story, and it was not SI's intent to imply that any of them were dishonest. As for Lisowski's Power Plays, during our two-month-long inquiry into these services, we found not a single complaint about his Power Plays operation.—ED.
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