Tom Verducci's article on Sammy Sosa's resurgence (Sammy's Second Season, Aug. 25) gave me a clear picture of why Sosa will be a first ballot Hall of Famer. Sammy's joyous charge onto the field each day shows us his overall outlook on life.
I am a little surprised that an intelligent man such as Rutgers professor William Dowling doesn't realize that with his views on athletics—he wants people to care more about brilliant students than "which moron is hired for the football team" and roots for his school to lose by large margins—he is as narrow-minded as a football coach with a win-at-all-costs mentality (Why Can't Rutgers Win?, Aug. 25). Success in athletics can inspire a student to improve in other areas. A year ago the young man I am mentoring had some aspirations about his future but was not especially focused. Once his football talents were recognized, his motivation to study increased significantly. Today he is excited about accomplishing educational goals while also having fun playing football. The education he's getting because of athletics will change his life.
JAY SCHIEVELBEIN, Fair Oaks, Calif.
I can barely see through the tears I'm shedding over the plight of the players at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill The Unknown Factor, Aug. 25). I guess having to play something other than a driver and wedge is too much to ask from the world's greatest players. I have news for them: Fans get real bored watching their superior wedge play turn all the tournaments into nothing more than putting contests. If Chad Campbell can shoot a 65 and Shaun Micheel can turn in three rounds under 70, then what's the problem?
Reading about Steve Rushin's search for the perfect stadium (AIR AND SPACE, Aug. 25), I concluded he'd never been to Lambeau Field. Anytime he wants to experience the power and mystery of the frozen tundra, let me know, and I'll have a seat available for him.
BRUCE BARRETTE, Peshtigo, Wis.
In my opinion, Austin Murphy's smug comparison of the Eagles' and the Steelers' Super Bowl histories is misleading (Sports in America, Aug. 25). The Eagles won three NFL Championships (1948, '49, '60) before the NFL-AFL merger and were the only team to defeat Vince Lombardi's Packers in a championship game. The Steelers, on the other hand, were mired in mediocrity before the Immaculate Reception. Keep Terry Bradshaw, Mr. Murphy. I'll take Norm Van Brocklin any day.
MICHAEL BERQUIST, Pittsburgh
The Eagles are 46-26-3 against the Steelers, and the Flyers are 117-62-27 versus the Penguins. The stats speak for themselves.
TIMOTHY BIECHLER, Wyomissing, Pa.
Michael Bamberger forgot to mention that Connie Mack played and managed in Pittsburgh before going to Philadelphia, and that Rocky Balboa is every bit as real as Santa Claus.
JOE COZZA, Philadelphia
How could everyone there have forgotten a little-known baseball player from Donora, Pa.—Stan Musial?
BOB COLYER, Whippany, N.J.
You left out Larry Holmes, of Easton, Pa. Not only is he an upstanding family man and a gentleman, but he is also one of the finest heavyweight fighters in the history of pugilism.
WILLIAM G. COKER, Nazareth, Pa.
... Paul Arizin ( Philadelphia), voted one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history; Jim Phelan ( Philadelphia), one of college basketball's winningest coaches; Tom Gola ( Philadelphia), a five-time NBA All-Star who is one of only two players to win an NIT, NCAA and NBA championship; and John B. Kelly Sr. and John B. Kelly Jr. ( Philadelphia), two of the most outstanding oarsmen the country ever produced.
HUGH T. SHARP, Williamsburg, Va.