No wonder Steve Young is having a hard time finding a wife. His decision making is simply not up to Joe Montana's level.
DAVID DECAMILLA, SACRAMENTO
As a single Mormon woman, a part of that microscopic pool from which Steve Young is determined to choose a wife (Chief Worry, Aug. 4), I thought a story about the challenge of finding a Mormon wife would be interesting. Imagine my surprise when I read that the "numbers and the clock are against him." Cry me a river, pal. Try being on this side of it for a while—an attractive, funny, educated Mormon woman your age trying to find herself a Mormon husband. Here is some unsolicited advice for Young: Expand your search beyond BYU coeds. Your first mistake is trying to find a girl to do a woman's job.
DIANA TRIGGS, Burnaby, B.C.
I agree that Young is a great guy and a great quarterback, but to say that he has better stats "despite having a team around him that isn't as good as the one that surrounded Montana" is ridiculous. The 49ers team that Joe Montana led to victory in 1982 is without a doubt the worst team that has ever won the Super Bowl. The proof of the pudding came in 1994 when Montana led a terrible Kansas City Chiefs team to the conference championship game.
JONATHAN MANSON RUTLEDGE
Poor Steve Rushin. He risked getting a lump of coal, or a dozen range balls, in his stocking for his expos� on Santa, and he didn't find a true links reindeer while playing the world's northernmost 18-hole golf course (The Caddie Was a Reindeer, Aug. 4). I enjoyed the tale of his journey and will never again complain about the rigors of springtime golf in Wisconsin.
MARK CONCANNON, Milwaukee
This was a tale Hans Christian Andersen might have penned had he thought of it. I envisioned Rushin and photographer Bob Martin as perhaps Lewis and Clark exploring another vast, uncharted region. Congratulations to the only magazine that would embark on such a journey.
JUSTIN S. CURZI, Phillipsburg, N.J.
Since Steve Rushin enjoyed the northernmost 18-hole golf course so much, he might want to consider playing the southernmost course in the world. It is located in Argentina, between Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego National Park. With luck he might be joined by an alpaca, a condor or even a penguin.
KENYON STEBBINS, Morgantown, W.Va.
I have heard countless times the suggestion that Cal Ripken Jr. should take a rest from the Streak and sit down for one or two games (INSIDE BASEBALL, Aug. 4). Not a week later the same people will praise Ripken for all that he has done for baseball. It's a fact of the game that players go through slumps, but has anyone ever said that Ken Griffey Jr. needs to take a rest from hitting home runs and work a little more on his batting average? Ripken is a superb fielder and has a streak that no one will break. He will end it when he is ready, not when a slump says so.
DAN SCHMIDT, Derwood, Md.
There's an easy solution. For several days in a row Ripken could come in as a pinch runner in a nonsteal situation, or he could play the field in the last inning. While perhaps subjecting him to a drop of criticism, this would officially keep his streak alive.
ELLIOTT A. WEINSTEIN, Baltimore
While I was delighted to see an article on sailing (This Kiwi Is One Sly Skipper, July 28), I want to correct a couple of inaccuracies. The Gold Cup is one event, not a series, and Russell Coutts did not defend his title at last year's world championship but won it from Ed Baird.
I also was disappointed that you failed to mention Course to Victory, the book I cowrote with Coutts, as the source for some of the anecdotes about Coutts's win over Dennis Conner in the 1995 America's Cup.
PAUL LARSEN, Stamford, Conn.