Holyfield came away from the evening as the champ, but the sport of boxing was the big winner.
JOCK PHIPPEN, KINGSTON, ONT.
I gained respect for both fighters, not just because of their actions in the ring but also because of their attitudes immediately after the bout (Real Deal, Nov. 18). Evander Holyfield's praise of God was sorely needed, given the prevailing attitude in sports of arrogance and lack of thankfulness for one's talents. Mike Tyson's deflection of his cornermen's whining excuses of alleged Holyfield head butts and his show of respect in the face of defeat demonstrated that he can handle victory and defeat with equal dignity.
STEVE MARSO, Iowa City
If Tyson had the corner and the heart that Holyfield had, imagine how good he could be! The fighter who wanted it most won.
ROBERT SHERRY, Hazleton, Pa.
Your photo of Tyson showing the tattoo likeness and name of Mao Tse-tung, the former Chinese Communist chairman, was disconcerting, since despite his loss Tyson was about to collect 30 million capitalist dollars. I eagerly await the announcement that he plans to share his largesse with the proletariat.
NOEL NUSBACHER, Far Rockaway, N.Y.
?While in prison, Tyson became so impressed by two authors, Mao Tse-tung and Arthur Ashe, that he had their portraits tattooed on his biceps.—ED.
Your picture of Tyson sitting on the canvas after Holyfield knocked him down is not just a classic picture of an athlete suffering the agony of defeat but also of a human being physically suffering. How can America call itself a civilized society when it sanctions such brutality? Professional boxing should be outlawed.
JOHN SAMPSON, Fort Salonga, N.Y.
I was appalled at the attitude of the Boston College football players involved in gambling toward breaking NCAA rules (Dark Days at BC, Nov. 18). Most, if not all, were getting a free education, and yet they broke those rules. Then when given three chances to confess, they chose not to do so. They should lose their scholarships, whether or not lack of playing time meant they were not "in position to affect the outcome of the game."
MATT LOUK, Dallas
Boston College proved it was a real winner by not following the University of Rhode Island's decision in October to forfeit its next football game because of the actions of a few. Five members of the Rhode Island football team were charged with assault after entering a fraternity house and beating three students. The school decided to make everyone share the blame. The Eagles, however, gave untarnished players a chance to play in place of those suspended.
STEPHEN LANDERS, Brockton, Mass.
SI chastises the Boston College football team for gambling; however, in the preceding week you made the Florida Panthers sound like a swell bunch of guys as they made some bets in their fantasy football and basketball leagues and NFL and golf pools (Above and Beyond, Nov. 11).
PAUL E. TERRILE, Boston
How can you question the Celtics' representation in the NBA's 50 greatest players list (SCORECARD, Nov. 18) and the Boston Globe readers' reactions to that list? The Celtics have won nearly one third of the league's titles, have produced the most dominant run in sports history (11 championships in 13 years) and have won more games and had more 60-win seasons and MVPs than any other franchise.