It's too bad that every time a boxer is injured, or worse, there is a cry for the abolition of boxing. Instead, there should be a demand for safety measures such as those used in Olympic boxing. Headgear and scoring based on points would go a long way toward alleviating the senseless injuries and deaths that tarnish pro boxing.
Most other contact sports use safety equipment of some sort, so why doesn't boxing smarten up and follow suit?
LEIGH CARPENTER, Indianola, Iowa
It is a tragedy that Jimmy Garcia died as a result of being bombarded by punches. It is even more of a tragedy that there are people who paid to view the carnage.
DOUGLAS CORONEL, Los Angeles
I smiled when I read the fine poetry of Dylan Thomas hidden in a one-paragraph item in your May 29 SCORECARD section. You wrote that Oklahoma State guard Randy Rutherford, protesting the stoppage of electricity for his apartment, "raged and raged against the dying of his light."
JACK LEININGER, Pullman, Wash.
As the brother-in-law of Tim and Tom Gullikson, I know that this is a difficult time for Tim and his family and friends (Minor, Mirror, May 29), but he's a fighter. It was not sheer talent that brought this self-taught, all-around athlete from Onalaska, Wis., to a ranking of 18 in the tennis world. While it's true that some of Tim's and Tom's finest accomplishments have come as tennis coaches and players, their most worthwhile ones have been as fine human beings.
La Crosse, Wis.
I just told my eight-year-old son to take off his $43 Charles Barkley jersey, ignore SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S Dennis Rodman cover and read the story of two heroes, Tim and Tom Gullikson.
SCOTT PARKS LETELLIER
Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
You almost fumbled the ball. While the Jan. 1, 1997, Haka Bowl in Auckland, New Zealand, will be the first annual bowl game played outside the U.S. (SCORECARD, May 29), on Jan. 1,1937, Auburn and Villanova played a game called the Bacardi Bowl in Havana as part of Cuba's National Sports Festival.
BOB FULTON, Indiana, Pa.