Windy City Baseball
Thank you for Rick Telander's article about the great battle of the North and the South—the Cubs and the White Sox (Hey, Chicago, Wait Till This Year, April 7). I am a South Sider, so I was predestined to be a Sox fan. However, I do think that it's gotten to the point where I will happily go over to the other side just to taste victory from a baseball team, any baseball team, in our city.
MARILYN M. FISHER, Crestwood, Ill.
As a true Cubs fan and native North Sider, I can honestly say that I root for two baseball teams, the Cubs and whoever is playing against the White Sox.
PAUL J. GOLDBERG, Hollywood, Fla.
Your story got me thinking about This Week's Sign of the Apocalypse. Let me describe to you, really, how the apocalypse will arrive. The Cubs and the White Sox will find themselves tied in the bottom of the 11th inning of the seventh game of the World Series. Sammy Sosa will come to bat, call his shot with a point of his bat to the Bleacher Bums in left...at which time the world will simply implode.
ROBERT TURNING, Muncie, Ind.
Cubs fans, take heart: The Giants started this season with a 10-1 record. The other three times the Giants opened 10-1 (1918, 1932 and 1938), the Cubs won the National League pennant.
BOB FULTON, Indiana, Pa.
Why No Women?
I love getting SI each week, and I've enjoyed your coverage of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, but I am very disappointed that there has been so little mention of the women's tournament (April 7). C'mon, we're in the 21st century now. A lot of your readers are women, and I would think you could at least mention the women's regional finals. Hopefully we'll see something in the coming issues that will show how profoundly dedicated to their sport these girls are.
?Two of the women's regional finals and the subsequent championship game took place one day after SI went to press. We regret that the scheduling of these games kept us from including them in the magazine. You can still read our coverage of the women's tournament on si.com.—ED.
What a Hootie
I enjoyed your article on Hootie Johnson (Master of His Universe, April 7). As an African-American growing up in the North, I knew nothing about Johnson, and his portrayal by most media outlets has been unflattering at best. The fact that he's standing firm on this issue shows me that this is a man of character. His past accomplishments show that he embraced diversity at a time when he could have been run out of town for speaking in favor of African-Americans.
PAUL EDWARD SMITH, Philadelphia
Painful as it was to miss one of my favorite sporting events, I could not in good conscience watch an event held by an organization that excludes women from what I see to be a potentially lucrative business environment. CEOs from a number of major U.S. companies belong to Augusta National and certainly conduct business on the premises, thereby excluding women from economic opportunities. This is the legal reason for my opposition; my moral objection is that it's just plain stupid for grown men to cling obstinately to what smacks of being—to recall an old Our Gang episode—a He-Man Woman Hater's Club.
JON BOLTON, Auburn, Ala.
I'm a black man who has reached one conclusion: Johnson is not a racist, he is an elitist. Trust me, there is a big difference.
EDWARD ROBINSON, Neptune, N.J.
Even if I were a man, my gross income means I'd never be allowed through the hallowed gates of Augusta National for a casual 18. The average man is just as excluded as my fellow ladies.