Smells Like Teen Spirit
I must disagree with Steve Rushin about what he claims is the worst smell in sports (AIR AND SPACE, July 7). A whole team's hockey equipment has nothing on one soccer player's most vital piece of gear: his gloves. Rushin probably has never had the pleasure of sharing a ride home in the car with a teenage soccer goalie after two hours of vigorous training. Goalie gloves, especially well-used ones, have an odor so distinct you will never forget it. Now that my son is playing Division I soccer at Portland, I no longer have the pleasure of those 40-minute rides home. I never thought I would miss that horrendous smell, but I do.
PAMELA A. CARTER, Ventura, Calif.
Rushin was exactly right about the unholy aroma of oft-used hockey gear. However, it has nothing on the stench emanating from Comerica Park this season.
GREG T. JAMES, Trenton, Ont.
One of my favorite smells is the combination of exhaust fumes and turkey legs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. No matter if you like F/1, IRL or NASCAR, the combined smells are intoxicating.
TIM WALDRON, Baraboo, Wis.
To aging weekend athletes, all sports smell like BenGay.
JIM GUIER, St. Augustine, Fla.