Windy City Baseball

Thank you for Rick Telander's article about the great battle of
the North and the South--the Cubs and the White Sox (Hey,
Chicago, Wait Till This Year, April 7). I am a South Sider, so I
was predestined to be a Sox fan. However, I do think that it's
gotten to the point where I will happily go over to the other
side just to taste victory from a baseball team, any baseball
team, in our city.
Marilyn M. Fisher, Crestwood, Ill.

As a true Cubs fan and native North Sider, I can honestly say
that I root for two baseball teams, the Cubs and whoever is
playing against the White Sox.
Paul J. Goldberg, Hollywood, Fla.

Your story got me thinking about This Week's Sign of the
Apocalypse. Let me describe to you, really, how the apocalypse
will arrive. The Cubs and the White Sox will find themselves tied
in the bottom of the 11th inning of the seventh game of the World
Series. Sammy Sosa will come to bat, call his shot with a point
of his bat to the Bleacher Bums in left ... at which time the
world will simply implode.
Robert Turning, Muncie, Ind.

Cubs fans, take heart: The Giants started this season with a 10-1
record. The other three times the Giants opened 10-1 (1918, 1932
and 1938), the Cubs won the National League pennant.
Bob Fulton, Indiana, Pa.

Why No Women?

I love getting Sl each week, and I've enjoyed your coverage of
the NCAA men's basketball tournament, but I am very disappointed
that there has been so little mention of the women's tournament
(April 7). C'mon, we're in the 21st century now. A lot of your
readers are women, and I would think you could at least mention
the women's regional finals. Hopefully we'll see something in the
coming issues that will show how profoundly dedicated to their
sport these girls are.
Jana Rasnick
Elizabethton, Tenn.

--Two of the women's regional finals and the subsequent
championship game took place one day after SI went to press. We
regret that the scheduling of these games kept us from including
them in the magazine. You can still read our coverage of the
women's tournament on --ED.

What a Hootie

I enjoyed your article on Hootie Johnson (Master of His Universe,
April 7). As an African-American growing up in the North, I knew
nothing about Johnson, and his portrayal by most media outlets
has been unflattering at best. The fact that he's standing firm
on this issue shows me that this is a man of character. His past
accomplishments show that he embraced diversity at a time when he
could have been run out of town for speaking in favor of
Paul Edward Smith, Philadelphia

Painful as it was to miss one of my favorite sporting events, I
could not in good conscience watch an event held by an
organization that excludes women from what I see to be a
potentially lucrative business environment. CEOs from a number of
major U.S. companies belong to Augusta National and certainly
conduct business on the premises, thereby excluding women from
economic opportunities. This is the legal reason for my
opposition; my moral objection is that it's just plain stupid for
grown men to cling obstinately to what smacks of being--to recall
an old Our Gang episode--a He-Man Woman Hater's Club.
Jon Bolton, Auburn, Ala.

I'm a black man who has reached one conclusion: Johnson is not a
racist, he is an elitist. Trust me, there is a big difference.
Edward Robinson, Neptune, N.J.

Even if I were a man, my gross income means I'd never be allowed
through the hallowed gates of Augusta National for a casual 18.
The average man is just as excluded as my fellow ladies.
Susan Tullis
Henniker, N.H.

Role Model?

Should War Emblem (SCORECARD, April 7) be applauded for
refusing--unlike many professional athletes--to sleep around, or
should he be vilified for being another greedy professional
athlete who withholds his services because his owner refuses to
adequately share the wealth from his labors?
John P. Baltrus, Jefferson Hills, Pa.

Supplements Scares

In 1988 my friends and I, all former high school athletes, sat
around our college dorm discussing the Tommy Chaikin article in
SI about steroid use in collegiate athletics (The Nightmare of
Steroids, Oct. 24, 1988). One of my friends commented that it
should be required reading for every parent and high school coach
in America. Fifteen years later, not only do I continue to agree
with that sentiment, but I would now add L. Jon Wertheim's
article on supplements as well (Jolt of Reality, April 7). As a
parent, it scared the hell out of me.
Kurt Kemper, Sioux Falls, S.Dak.

I'm an avid runner who has used supplements to recover from long
races and training runs. My supplements of choice contained high
amounts of protein and vitamin A. I have since found out that
excessive amounts of vitamin A can cause damage to the liver as
the body becomes toxic. I have quit taking all supplements and
only train and recover naturally. I have noticed no degradation
in my recovery time or performance. I would advise everyone who
is taking supplements or considering them to use them only under
strict directions from a doctor. Doing anything else is just not
worth the potential disaster.
Dwight Jellison, Canton, Ohio


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