My only disagreement with the article is that it is not "sports' dirty secret" but society's dirty secret.
BRIAN R. FREDERICK, Hanover, Pa.
The reason men abuse their wives and girlfriends is that they view these women as objects. The reason they view them as objects is that magazines portray them as objects—for example, in your Swimsuit Issue. Get off the soapbox, SI! You're part of the problem!
KEVIN F. BRUEN, Midlothian, Va.
The article is little more than another chapter in American pop culture's smear campaign against the male gender. SI has stooped to this demonstration of political correctness. I hope it will be at a cost to your magazine. It is an outrage!
DORSETT C. BENNETT II Roswell, N.M.
I am in the process of a nasty divorce. My wife is taking me for everything. I found myself pacing about the house in a fury. I wanted to cause her pain. I sat down and started to read SI. After reading Gerry Callahan's POINT AFTER about the allegations by Robert Parish's former wife (July 31), I had no thought whatsoever of hurting my wife. I was ashamed of even having considered it.
Thanks for helping me see things more clearly.
ROBERT ROSENBLUM, Bensalem, Pa.
This year's Tour de France provided an uncommon example of the triumph of human dignity in an athletic event (A Test of Heart, July 31). The Tour de France is won and lost in the mountain stages and the time trials. For the riders to forgo racing in the last mountain stage, as they did in memory of rider Fabio Casartelli, who had been killed in an accident the day before, is the equivalent of giving up the opportunity to bat in the bottom of the ninth inning in the seventh game of the World Series. To make their tribute, the riders forfeited an opportunity for athletic glory and the financial rewards that go with it. Although Miguel Indur�in's fifth consecutive victory was historic, it pales in comparison with the heroics of this year's peloton.
THOMAS J. SCHOETTLE JR., San Diego
Not only did the entire peloton ride Stage 16 as one, in honor of Casartelli, but it also donated that day's prize money to Casartelli's family. Then Motorola, the winning team for which Casartelli rode, donated its earnings for the entire three-week tour and also set up a fund for Casartelli's infant son, Marco. The riders' gesture is one of the most unselfish acts that I have ever seen in sports. The peloton coming quietly to the finish, 200 meters behind the remaining six members of the Motorola team, was a sight to behold.
JUDY SIMPSON, Daytona Beach
I guess next year, when he wins his sixth straight Tour, we will see Miguel Indur�in on the cover of your magazine.
FRANK PROCIDA, Bethpage, N.Y.
Underneath all the gold and diamonds, Deion Sanders is the most exciting athlete today and is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL (Catch-21, July 31). Instead of disparaging Sanders as a showoff, we fans should be admiring his incredible athletic performances. After all, two-sport phenoms don't come along every day.
GORD SANDERSON, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Missing the Boat
That Charles Barkley missed his cruise was a disappointment for fans (Sun Burned, July 31), but the five NBA players who did sail on the Dreamward ( Danny Ainge, Muggsy Bogues, Kurt Rambis, Hersey Hawkins and Jeff Hornacek) were very friendly, signing autographs and having their pictures taken. As an NBA fan and a teacher, I was delighted that all five players gave me autographs for my students.
LANCE W. DAY, Crofton, Md.