I love human interest stones, but they didn't need to take up most of the Olympic television coverage.
—ROSEMARY KNIGHT, Harrington, R.I.
First you report that the 2000 Olympics are getting the lowest ratings since 1968 (SCORECARD, Oct. 2). Then you print over 50 pages on the Games? I'm no magazine editor, but here's a tip: If people aren't watching something, they probably don't want to read about it.
BRAD ROSENTHAL, Plainview, N.Y.
Maybe people were turned off by NBC's coverage because it wasn't interesting. There was too much fluff. Why did we see endless preliminary heats in swimming and track?
MARK HAGEN, Natick, Mass.
I'm tired of the whining about NBC's Olympics ratings. So what if the Internet-addicted score hounds chose not to watch? The ones who really matter, our children, did. Every night kids were being inspired by world-class athletes. I don't think NBC should try to make its coverage slicker in order to capture viewers who aren't going to take up a new sport at age 45.
Apple Valley, Minn.
When I open my SI, I expect to read about sports, not the trials and tribulations of lesbian lovers (In Love and War, Oct. 2). That kind of story belongs in the tabloids. Gary Smith wrote that the editor of Dagbladet refused to print a story about these women, and it's dismaying that you did not exercise similar good judgment.
TOM McELROY, Baltimore
Simply because two women who are committing a sin and showing a lack of morals happen to be playing against each other does not mean that you should put it in your magazine.
ATHAN KOMPOS, Williamsville, N.Y.
I'm sure you've gotten any number of letters referring to the "unnatural" or "perverted" team handball players. I wanted to write to say, Thank you. Thank you for running a story about two world-class female athletes who are also in love. My husband and I enjoyed the article and appreciated the courage it took to run it. Maybe this article will make it easier for other gay and lesbian athletes. I hope so.
EVELYN KRACHE MORRIS, Overland Park, Kans.
Memories of Glory
I hope Steve Rushin isn't kicking himself for not adding one last name to the list of Nigerian Olympians whose names he said will be "about all we'll retain" after the torch goes dark (Blessings in Disguise, Oct. 2). After Charity, Patience, Mercy, Gentle, Victor and Blessing should have come the silver medalist in the women's 100-meter hurdles who persevered despite the death three weeks earlier of her fianc� and teammate, Hyginus Anayo Anugo. Surname: Alozie. First name: Glory.
ANDY SIERING, St. Louis
Living in a Glass House
In "Sport? Not a Sport?" golfer Steve Pate disses synchronized swimming (SCORECARD, Oct. 2). I find it hilarious that a golfer would ever make disparaging comments about real athletes. Let's see... Pate swings a stick 11 times whilst going for a long walk and doesn't carry his own bag. I'd like to see him hold his breath underwater for two minutes and do anything half as athletic, skillful and synchronized as the athletes in the sport he knocks.
JOHN WRIGHT, Waynesboro, Va.
What's the Point?
After reading Ivan Maisel's article on the "dirty" play of the Clemson football team, I'm still searching for the point (INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL, Oct. 2). First, football is a rough sport. Second, both sides agree that the hit on Wake Forest's quarterback was clean. Third, as coach Tommy Bowden said to me regarding the article on his weekly call-in show, "We have had over 700 snaps and I believe had one or two personal fouls, so statistics don't back that up." Three pages later in the same issue, you praise a Minnesota defensive end for his hard-hitting play on quarterbacks and even on his own teammates. Make up your mind!
TOM ALEXANDER, Taylors, S.C.