Both Norman and Faldo showed the world what sportsmanship and class are all about.
DAVID WHITBY, WESTON, CONN.
Greg Norman's grace in utterly devastating defeat and Nick Faldo's compassion for his competitor at the moment of his own victory place both on a pedestal (Muster Strokes, April 22). In this day of spoiled, self-worshiping, childish athletes, the behavior of these two men is a welcome change.
BILL MACATEE SR., El Paso
Your cover photo of Greg Norman spoke volumes about what we were all feeling as we watched him self-destruct that Sunday afternoon. The story was not Nick Faldo's winning; it was the way Greg Norman lost that was notable.
JOHN O'CONNELL, Roslindale, Mass.
While I cannot disagree that part of the story was Norman's self-destruction, the more significant and positive part of the story was that Faldo shot a 67 on the final day, a score that would have won the Masters for him even if Norman had shot only two over par instead of six over. Faldo's accomplishment in winning a third green jacket should not be ignored while we all bemoan the fact that Norman did not remain flawless for four days.
KATHY SHIMP, Fort Myers, Fla.
What many fail to notice is that Norman has put himself in position to win championships and he has brought out the best in those who have beaten him. Where would Larry Mize, Bob Tway, David Frost and Robert Gamez be if they hadn't each risen up once to defeat Norman? What makes their wins great is that they beat the best.
DREW BAKER, Jackson, Tenn.
I thought your readers might be interested in the following information about FACES IN THE CROWD during 1995. Two hundred males and 112 females appeared in FACES. Their ages ranged from eight to 71. The total for the various age groups: grammar school age, 14; high school age, 119; college age, 104; 22-30 years old, 11; 31-40, 24; 41-50, 17; 51 or older, 19. There were four FACES for which no age was given.
The FACES participated in 47 sports. The five most represented sports were track and held (32), swimming (27), football (26), basketball (23) and volleyball (18). Many sports that do not receive much national attention were represented, such as boomerang, Wiffle ball, squash and hapkido.
Californians appeared most frequently (30 times), followed by residents of New York (19), Pennsylvania (18), Ohio (16) and Florida and Illinois (15 times each). Five states were not represented ( Mississippi, Iowa, South Dakota, Idaho and Alaska). Fourteen countries other than the U.S. were included, with Canada appearing the most often (27 times). Finally, although most of the FACES were athletes, 35 coaches were saluted.
SHAWN GRIFFIN, Watertown, N.Y.
Dr. Z correctly picked 27 of the first 30 players selected in the recent NFL draft (As Good as Advertised. April 22). He missed on Leeland McElroy (32), Tony Brackens (33) and Derrick Mayes (56). In addition Dr. Z correctly picked the teams that chose 10 of those 30 players.
PHIL MILLER, Woodland, Calif.
I enjoyed your April 22 SCORECARD about the message in the music played at baseball stadiums. Even more despicable than the situations you cited was an incident in the early '80s involving outfielder Jim Eisenreich, then of the Minnesota Twins. At an away game Eisenreich—who was suffering from an unpublicized case of Tourette's syndrome, a neurological disorder that can cause uncontrollable facial and body twitches—was greeted at home plate by a rendition of Jerry Lee Lewis's Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On.
KEVIN SHEA, Burnsville, Minn.