While it may be tempting to criticize Brandon Hancock's vanity for his beefcake pose, can one really blame him (Blue-Chip Diary, June 10)? His build is fantastic, and he's an 18-year-old with a 4.0 high school GPA who graduated early so he could begin his college career. We should instead praise his maturity. While many of his peers concern themselves with cool clothes, fast cars and hanging out at the mall, Hancock is fulfilling his academic and athletic potential.
TED QUINN, Nyack, N.Y.
Please tell me Hancock wrote this article with tongue in cheek. Tell me it was a creative assignment for his Writing 140 class. Tell me he is Sidd Finch's brother. Tell me this is a late April Fool's joke. Or just assure me that no one on the planet can possibly be that conceited.
MICKEY CARLTON, Longwood, Fla.
By the time I neared the end of Hancock's narcissistic drivel, I fully expected him to ditch his date and invite himself to the prom. I gave the article to my eighth-grader as an example of how not to carry himself should he achieve athletic success.
GLENN HOLCOMBE, Coos Bay, Ore.
The Hawk Has Landed
Tony Hawk (Making Millions, June 10) is not only old and a dinosaur, but he is also a sellout. Skateboarding has always been a sport for the rebellious or socially challenged, but now it has become a sport for little kids whose parents buy them the "cool" skate stuff from corporations that care only about image and cash, not the true spirit of the sport. You may have made millions at 34, Tony, but you ruined the sport in doing so.
STEVEN SCHEIBLE, Spencerport, N.Y.
As a 37-year-old on a skateboard I receive some disbelieving looks from kids in the neighborhood, but they don't realize I'm exactly like them: just trying to "be like Tony."
FREDERICK C. FAHRBACH
Castro Valley, Calif.
Hawk inspires beyond his athletic feats. Here is a man who is a good father and husband, has been an unmitigated success in business and still rips on a skateboard. Tony is more of an inspiration to me than any big-time pro athlete could ever be. He represents the hope that I can be for my son everything my father was for me—without ever having to grow up.
You missed the point of skateboarding. Would Ken Caminiti take steroids if it wasn't for the money? Would Mike Tyson fight if there were no payday? Would anyone care how fast a horse was if they didn't have 100 bucks riding on his nose? No. No. No. Would Tony Hawk skateboard if he didn't make millions? Yes. Yes. Yes. Please do all us skater punks a favor. Stick to sports that you know, the ones that are dominated by money and greed. Skateboarding has a purity that you couldn't even begin to imagine. LIVE TO SKATE, SKATE OR DIE!
PAUL PUCCIO, Albany, N. Y.
Best of Enemies
While it may be the fans, not the players, who keep the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry alive (19 Games, June 10), isn't that the way it should be? I went to Fenway two years ago for a series against New York, and I'll never forget listening to Sox fans chant, "Yankees suck! Yankees suck!" Thing was, it was an interleague series. The Red Sox were playing the Mets.
JASEN CORNS, Tulsa
Freedom to Heckle
Frank Deford's article on heckling (SCORECARD, June 10) was right on. Some fans may cross the line, but most are there to have fun. Heckling is and always will be a part of sports.
MICHAEL TISO, Clarence, N.Y.
Wouldn't it be interesting if players could go to the fans' workplaces and yell and throw things at them?
BARRY ULRICH, Claremont, Calif.