Letters

October 01, 2000

Any list of pass rushers that fails to include a single member
of the Vikings' Purple People Eaters is woefully incomplete.
--PATRICK ELIFRITZ, Wewoka, Okla.

Rush to Judgment

If Dr. Z ever draws up a list of the alltime best offensive
tackles, the Cowboys' Erik Williams must top it. Big E made
Reggie (the Minister of Defense) White look more like an altar
boy than the alltime greatest pass rusher. (Dr Z's Alltime
Greatest Pass Rushers, Aug. 28.)
JOE STOUT, Plainwell, Mich.

I have film that proves I had 26 sacks in the 1976 season when I
was playing for the Bengals, not the 21 1/2 you reported.
COY BACON, Ironton, Ohio

--The Bengals no longer give full credit for shared sacks, as they
did in 1976. --ED.

What, no Randy White, the Cowboys' Manster?
MANUEL E. CAMACHO, El Paso

In his All-Century Team (Aug 30, 1999), Dr. Z listed Richard
(Tombstone) Jackson as one of his three defensive ends. So why
didn't Jackson make Dr. Z's alltime greatest pass rushers list?
JAMES MATSUOKA, Monrovia, Calif.

--Jackson was a half step slower than those in Dr. Z's top
10. --ED.

How could you forget Charles Haley?
LARRY MUNOZ, Granbury, Texas

Hey, Doc

Dr. Z picks the Raiders to have the fourth-best regular-season
record in the NFL and win their division and divisional playoff
before losing out on a trip to the Super Bowl against the Titans
(Scouting Reports, Aug 28). But he ranks Oakland only eighth,
behind the Bills, Redskins and Jaguars, who don't make the final
four, and four spots below the Colts, who he predicts will lose
to the Raiders in an AFC divisional playoff game. Dr. Z must
have written his own prescription.
RANDY C. BLAIR, San Jose

Four teams from the NFC East make the playoffs? Shaun King
leading the Bucs to a Super Bowl win? The Eagles nine spots ahead
of the Vikings? This time Dr. Z has gone too far.
DAVE COONAN, Oak Creek, Wis.

The Super Bowl runner-up Titans have the 24th toughest schedule?
The champion Rams have the 30th? If you want parity, not parody,
have the best play the best.
DON JACKSON, Benson, N.C.

Cheap Shot

Your Aug. 28 "Sign of the Apocalypse" criticized George Brett for
leaving the Little League World Series championship game after
the first inning. When Mr. Brett was advised that he was to
receive the Distinguished Graduate Award, he confirmed that he'd
like to accept it in Williamsport at the World Series but that he
would have to return to Kansas City that evening to fulfill a
charitable event commitment he'd made for the next day. Without
the facts, you unfairly poked fun at a gentleman who fulfills his
obligations.
STEPHEN D. KEENER
President and Chief Executive Officer
Little League Baseball Inc.
Williamsport, Pa.

In Praise of Carlos

Last month I was an instructor at a baseball camp that featured
Carlos Delgado (Three Dimensional, Aug. 28). He was patient with
campers and spoke to them of the importance of education and a
strong work ethic. I'm not a Toronto fan, but I'm now a Delgado
fan.
PATRICK MAYNE, Burlington, Ont.

Marvelous Marsupial

How dare you pad your sports animal movie list with the likes of
Teen Wolf and Teen Wolf Too. You overlooked perhaps the finest
fur-bearing fighter to grace the silver screen, Matilda the
boxing kangaroo.
WARD CALHOUN, Bronx, N.Y.

Tiger Tracks

In your article about Tiger Woods's latest major-championship
victory (Hat Trick, Aug. 28), you pointed out that Woods, besides
winning the playoff in the PGA against Bob May, also had
dethroned May as the youngest golfer to play in the L.A. Open.
While true, it is misleading. May still holds the tournament
record for youngest competitor to qualify. Tiger was let into the
field on a sponsor's exemption.
KEVIN SCHROEDER, Fenton, Mich.

I'm a 91-year-old lady who has never been an avid sports fan,
but the performance of Tiger Woods has transformed me into a
golf fan.
--BERNICE WALSTON, Jacksonville

Your Aug. 28 cover billing, GUTS AND GLORY, doesn't necessarily
apply to just the winner. I'm sure Woods would agree that May was
every bit as gutsy as he that day and achieved a glory all of his
own. May would have been a great choice for the cover, too.
BOB WILDENBERG, Tustin, Calif.

Not so Fast, Rick

Who does Rick Reilly think he is, flippantly saying that Tiger
Woods is better than Michael Jordan (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Aug.
28)? Jordan, while revolutionizing sports in general, dominated
for a decade the most competitive league in any sport. Jordan is
bigger, faster and stronger than Woods, and in terms of mental
toughness and competitiveness, he's the equal of anyone who's
ever lived. Woods could shoot an 18 in the next 50 majors and
still not be Jordan. How soon we forget.
GEORGE A. LUTZ, Commack, N.Y.

Reilly is too quick to dismiss Bobby Jones's accomplishments. In
a span of eight years Jones won five U.S. Amateurs, four U.S.
Opens, three British Opens and one British Amateur. He played on
five Walker Cup teams and in 31 major championships, winning 42%
of the majors he entered. Granted, Woods might be the greatest
golfer of all time, but let us not ignore our past in the rush to
put him on a pedestal.
KEITH FERRELL, Palo Alto, Calif.

Reilly calls Tiger the "single most dominating athlete in 70
years." There's one notable exception: wrestler Dan Gable. Gable
lost only six times in his career, against 299 wins, including a
gold medal run at the 1972 Olympics during which he did not allow
any of his six opponents to score a point.
EAMON MURRAY, Colorado Springs

Reilly, I love you, but I am going to throw up if I read one more
article about Tiger Woods. Yes, he is an terrific athlete. Yes,
he is an amazing golfer. Yes, I am sure that he is a wonderful
person, but enough already. Please go back to hating the Yankees.
TRACY MCCARTER, Corsicana, Texas

Above the Crowd

One of the beauties of saving old issues of SI is to look back at
Faces in the Crowd and find today's superstars. After the PGA, I
was going through my collection of issues, and there he was: Bob
May, a 16-year-old from Southern California (Oct. 29, 1984).
STEVE MURFIN, Olney, Md.

Taking Mulligans

Thomas Bjorn is all wet (Tiger Rules, Sept. 4). Bjorn said, "When
the pressure was on, Tiger wasn't as impressive as he was in the
other majors. It's easy when you're leading by seven or eight. In
the PGA, he hit a lot of poor shots coming down the stretch."
Perhaps Bjorn didn't see Tiger's trap shot on 18 at Valhalla.
What about the shots and the putt for a birdie that put Woods one
ahead of May on the first playoff hole?
WALTER WAGENHALS, Monterey, Calif.

I was disappointed in Gary Van Sickle's article (Taking Their
Lumps, Aug. 28) criticizing the playing conditions at Valhalla.
He called the greens lumpy, the pin placements unfair and the
course a "fixer-upper." I was in attendance for three days and
found the course challenging and magnificently groomed. It's a
shame that he used quotes only from players who were nowhere near
the top of the leader board. No wonder they did not like the
course.
BRAD KRUER, Jeffersonville, Ind.

There is no course that cannot be picked apart, including St.
Andrews and Pebble Beach. It seems unfair to omit the comments of
other players in the tournament, like those of Jean Van de Velde,
who said Valhalla was just as good as Augusta, Pebble Beach and
St. Andrews, or those of Jose Maria Olazabal, who said, "It's
proven that it's a great golf course that is challenging for
everybody." And that was before Olazabal shot 63. The tournament
yielded the lowest scores in PGA history. Obviously, the greens
weren't impossible. Why are these factors not as relevant as the
griping about the greens by players like Dennis Paulson, who
finished the week tied for 75th in putting, Tom Kite (T-36th),
Steve Pate (T-50th) and Scott Hoch (T-41st)?
JOHN YARMUTH, Harrods Creek, Ky.

More Majors

In his listing of the best major golf championships ever (Major
Heart Stoppers, Aug. 28), Jaime Diaz missed two that, in my
opinion, must be included. One was the 1966 U.S. Open, in which
Arnold Palmer had a seven-stroke lead with nine holes to go only
to see the underrated Billy Casper tie him and then beat him the
next day in a playoff. The other would be the 1982 U.S. Open,
when Tom Watson made that famous chip shot on 17 to deny Jack
Nicklaus yet another major win.
GEORGE B. KARFIOL, Nashville

COLOR PHOTO: AL TIELEMANS B/W PHOTO: ATLANTA JOURNAL Bobby Jones or Tiger is an argument for the ages.

Irresistible Force

Derrick Thomas of the Kansas City Chiefs had more sacks in the
decade of the 1990s than any other player and holds the NFL
record for most sacks in one game (seven), and you cannot see
fit to include him on your roster of great pass rushers?
KEN EBERHART, Kansas City, Mo.

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