Not only did you manage to sweep the Super Bowl of NASCAR to the back of the issue with a short article (INSIDE MOTOR SPORTS) but you also included a riveting column by Rushin. It managed to list every possible stereotype and clich� known to stock car racing. Surely, there must be some reward for such fine work.
SARAH WUTKA, Ann Arbor, Mich.
I'm so mad about your description of NASCAR fans, I want my subscription canceled. Except, I don't have one.
CHUCK WHITE, Mableton, Ga.
DON RORABAUGH, Gainesville, Ga.
The Feb. 22 issue had more information on NASCAR racing than you had practically all last season. I hope this is an omen of things to come.
CARLA A. ALEXANDER, Whitehouse, Texas
Shanks and Slices
Just a word of appreciation for your GOLF PLUS edition. The news is timely, the features are excellent and I don't have to put up with golf instruction, which would make my game worse than it is.
PAUL A. LAZARUS, Walnut Creek, Calif.
Gary Van Sickle had it right in his column about the Andersen Consulting Match Play final (Show of Strength, March 8). Anyone who dumps on an Andrew Magee-Jeff Maggert final, especially one that goes an extra two holes, doesn't appreciate gutsy golf.
MIKE TOWLE, Nashville
Your coverage of the Andersen Consulting Match Play event was terrible (Match Madness, March 8). Instead of focusing on the gamesmanship and shotmaking of this fantastic format, you talk about whether the television coverage was a success or not. I couldn't care less. This was as compelling a golf tournament as any I've seen.
MICHAEL BUXBAUM, Medway, Mass.
Paul Azinger appears to be a bit of a whiner (My Shot, Feb. 22). The World Ranking is based on week-to-week performances of the players. If Nick Faldo is 65th in the current ranking, it is because 64 players are playing better golf than he is. Faldo has earned his place in history, but that is just what it is—history.
TED HEMPHILL, Lexington, Va.
Golf is a sport played on two levels: at the highest level for tournament victories and at a basic level against oneself, ever striving to improve. While it is true that Arnold Palmer does not contend at the former level, he does so at the latter. I continue to applaud Palmer's small victories as much as I used to applaud his Masters and U.S. Open victories. To suggest that golf be taken from him, or that he take it from himself by not competing (The Long Goodbye, Feb. 15), would be cruel and unusual punishment and the antithesis of what golf is about.
STEPHEN P. PETERS, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
I take exception to Gary Van Sickle's article, which insinuated that pro golfers are the only sports figures who don't know when to hang it up at the end of their careers. In 1998 the Atlanta Falcons signed a 44-year-old quarterback ( Steve DeBerg), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played NBA basketball into his 40s. In '97 Gordie Howe wanted to play a shift with the Syracuse Crunch so he could be the only man to play pro hockey in six decades. By the way, just how old is George Foreman?
LANE SKYLES, Clear Lake City, Texas