"For a few wonderful months, the 'refuse to lose' attitude of these women made this small New England state forget even Ben and Jerry."
This is an article from the Jan. 24, 1994 issue
Right and Wrong
I thoroughly enjoyed your list of 93 Things That Went Right in '93 (Dec. 27-Jan. 3), but you omitted one of the top plays of the year. David Gordon's field goal for Boston College, as time ran out, secured the Eagles a 41-39 upset of previously undefeated Notre Dame.
ROGER KATZ, West Hartford, Conn.
How could you have left out George Brett's game-tying single in his final at bat for the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium? The image of Brett kissing home plate after the game was a picture-perfect close to his thrilling career and left not a dry eye in the stadium.
KEVIN GREIM, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
Winning two World Series in a row is not easy to do, yet you had no item commemorating the Blue Jays' victory or Joe Carter's dramatic ninth-inning home run that ended the '93 Series.
ROBERT P. PASCHKA, Buffalo, N.Y.
I know that your space was limited, but with 93 opportunities you might have mentioned the remarkable feats of two 16-year-olds, world gymnastics champion Shannon Miller and world figure skating champion Oksana Baiul. Miller was undefeated all year, and Baiul, a Ukrainian, is one of the youngest skating world champions ever. I would think that these accomplishments might rank slightly higher than Charlie Brown's first home run.
KATHY NIMMER, Munster, Ind.
The Chicago Bulls win their third consecutive NBA championship, yet the wise minds at SI do not place that amazing feat among the year's 93 finest moments?
STEVE METSCH, Brookfield, Ill.
You didn't know that Nigel Mansell made history in '93 by becoming the first driver to win Formula One and Indy Car championships in consecutive years?
MARTIN G. WARD, Gahanna, Ohio
Before the 1992-93 season, the record for consecutive regular-season victories in Division I women's college basketball was 49, set by Butler from 1978 to '81. On Feb. 25, 1993, Vermont toppled that mark, winning its 50th straight game by defeating Northeastern 50-40. For a few wonderful months, the "refuse to lose" attitude of these women made this small New England state forget even Ben and Jerry.
HILLARY READ, St. Albans, Vt.
Recognizing the incident in which a fan ran onto the field at Yankee Stadium and thereby nullified Boston's apparent game-ending fly out as something that went right in '93 is as ludicrous and thoughtless as the act itself.
GLENN S. SHAPIRO, Metuchen, N.J.
You could have included New York Met pitcher Anthony Young's major league record for consecutive losses with 19 Things That Went Wrong, or the win that ended the streak with the 93 things that went right.
BILL YOUNG, Walterboro, S.C.
In an otherwise excellent and moving tribute to 1993's fallen athletes (A Time to Mourn, Dec. 27-Jan. 3), you failed to mention the deaths of two of baseball's alltime greats, Don Drysdale and Roy Campanella. These two Hall of Famers represented much more than three MVPs and a Cy Young Award. They were first-class people who served as role models and exemplified how the game should be played.
KEVIN WILLIS, Radcliff, Ky.
I think you should have included the death of former Navy quarterback Alton Grizzard. Lieut. Grizzard, a Navy SEAL who played from 1987 to '90, holds the Annapolis record for total yardage. On Dec. 1, he was the victim of a senseless double murder/suicide involving two other Naval Academy graduates. This year the Midshipmen dedicated the Army-Navy game to Grizzard.
EDWARD J. MCMILLAN, Lothian, Md.
How We Did
In your Aug. 30, 1993 issue—your college football preview—you projected the regular-season won-lost records of all 106 Division I-A football teams. Here is how your projections compare with the actual regular-season records.
Editor, College Football Researchers Association, 1982-92 Spokane
San Jose State, 7-4 to 2-9; Southern Miss., 7-4 to 2-8-1; Georgia, 9-2 to 5-6; Oklahoma State, 7-4 to 3-8; Central Michigan, 9-2 to 5-6; Toledo, 8-3 to 4-7