The faceless, high-tech-racket-assisted game of today would benefit from having a player like McEnroe around.
STEVE WINIECKI, MORRISVILLE, N.C.
John McEnroe is a complex subject if there ever was one (An Invasion of Privacy, Sept. 9). Why are we drawn to someone like him, someone who is not the kindest, not the most diplomatic, not the most respectful tennis player and commentator? Because he makes us feel something and that, ultimately, is what we want—someone who makes us feel more alive.
LAUREL GRAHAM, Tampa
McEnroe's artistry on the court remains a cherished memory for this ancient hacker. However, I must take issue when he contemptuously dismisses Mary Carillo, claiming that she is not qualified to broadcast the men's Open final because "she wasn't there." Carillo remains one of the best-informed and most-professional commentators about either gender. Someone should remind McEnroe that Dante wrote a pretty good poem about hell, although it was a neighborhood he had never visited.
ROBERT W. CLARKE, Buckhannon, W.Va.
Like him or not, at least McEnroe has an opinion, and for that he earns my respect.
MICHAEL M. CROWLEY, San Antonio
It's bad enough that I have to listen to McEnroe talk over nearly every point (and express the opinions of his favorite person, John McEnroe), but now he's taking space on the printed page away from the game. There was some superb tennis that first week of the U.S. Open, but you folks missed it. To run an article like this when it's a slow tennis week is one thing, but to ignore the start of the Open and run this is almost unforgivable.
RICK ROWLAND, Washington, D.C.
Leigh Montville forgot Ohio State and two of the greatest Heisman winners in his POINT AFTER (Aug. 26). Archie Griffin, the only two-time Heisman winner, played for the Cincinnati Bengals for eight seasons and is now the associate athletic director at Ohio State. And Vic Janowicz, a halfback for the Buckeyes, was a catcher and third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates for two years before joining the Washington Redskins. His NFL career, during which he was a back and finished second in scoring to Doak Walker of the Detroit Lions in 1955, was cut short after two years by a serious automobile accident.
KEITH F. HENLEY, Columbus, Ohio
The Heisman is a college trophy, not a trophy given to whoever goes first in the pro draft or whoever does best in the NFL.
WENDY S. DUFFY, Dublin, Ohio
Your article about Oberlin's football travails in the 1990s (Lost Glory, Aug. 26) brought back memories of my days there, from '53 to '57, during which we won four games, tied three and lost 25. Still, there were moments, especially at halftime, when we scoffed at the opposing college's lower average SAT score and cheered the Oberlin marching band, composed of Conservatory students who played Beethoven and made more body contact in performing their routines than our defense did during the game. But while we were not Ohio State when it came to football, I think it worthy of note that in the same four years we beat those Goliaths seven of eight times in lacrosse. Maybe our guys peaked in the spring.
HARRY I. SUBIN, New York City
Oberlin should lose its football team not because it's losing but because it's no longer competitive. To send out 20,000 recruiting letters and spend $400,000 to improve the football facilities makes no sense when the college has to tighten its belt in other areas. As an alumnus of Oberlin, class of 1958, my advice to president Nancy S. Dye and her staff is not only to remember the past but also to recognize that football at Oberlin has no future.
CURT COUTTS, Vestal, N.Y.