Why is it, however, that lately any favorable article about Johnson inevitably has to trash Don Shula? Yes, in the last few seasons Shula may have lost some of the fire that drove him to guide the Dolphins to two Super Bowl victories, but let's not forget that this is the man who set the standard for excellence that South Florida football fans now take for granted, a standard by which a 9-7 playoff season could be labeled "disappointing." Johnson has yet to earn his place in Dolphins coaching history, but Don Shula certainly has.
ELLIS MASS, Fort Lee, N.J.
Following his no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners, Doc Gooden looked over a two-page list of requests for interviews and TV appearances and wondered "where everybody was before, when things weren't this good for me" (A New High, May 27). What did Gooden expect after his suspension from baseball—to be greeted as that alltime great cocaine addict, alcoholic and king of the late-night parties? How many games did he pitch for the Mets while hung over and being paid millions?
MICHAEL TARLOW, New York City