This time Holmes has a right to scream. The decision was an outrage. I am not a Holmes fan, but I feel he should have the title he rightfully won.
It is sad that Holmes's great career had to end on such a sour note. However, the ridiculous scoring by judges Frank Brunette and Jerry Roth cannot diminish his great accomplishments. Holmes should go down in history as one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time.
After reading Putnam's article, it was obvious that he felt Holmes should have been awarded the IBF heavyweight title. One question: Isn't he forgetting who was champion and who was challenger? To win a title fight, a challenger must beat the champion decisively and Holmes didn't do that. In my opinion he earned a draw at best.
I wish Michael Spinks continued success in the ring, and when it comes time for him to bow out, I have no doubt that he will do it with class.
Congratulations on a stupendous story by E.M. Swift on Dodge Morgan's voyage around the world (Feat Of Global Dimensions, April 21). Someday I hope to do the same thing—though, on second thought, maybe not alone.
Thanks for Douglas S. Looney's article on one of my favorite people in all of sport, Lou Holtz (Between The Rock And..., April 21). I am sure that he will turn the Notre Dame football program around.
However, as a loyal alumnus of the University of Oregon, I have a complaint about one passage. Looney wrote: "Former Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian says he thinks [Gerry] Faust got in big trouble because he kept talking about national championships and about how good the players were—while getting tied by Oregon." I was at that game in Eugene on Oct. 23, 1982. Oregon was ahead 13-10, and Notre Dame had fourth down on the Oregon 18 with 11 seconds left. Instead of trying for the win, the Irish kicked a 35-yard field goal. Final score: 13-13. Notre Dame tied by Oregon? Wrong. Oregon was tied by Notre Dame.
Doesn't Looney have anything better to do than to write articles about Lou Holtz? I, for one, am sick of hearing about a man who came to the University of Minnesota, turned the football program around and then left before the team's finest hour in this past season's Independence Bowl. I now cheer for two teams: Minnesota and the team that plays against Notre Dame.
STEVEN L. PETERSON
In his article on San Diego State baseball coach Jim Dietz (Focus, April 21), Armen Keteyian stated that San Diego State had won more games—a total of 231—during the past four years than any other college baseball team in the nation. Certainly 231 victories is an impressive record but not the best in the land. That honor belongs to the Wichita State Shockers, who won 236 games during that same period.
Under coach Gene Stephenson, the Shockers won 73 games in 1982 (they were runners-up in the College World Series), 55 in '83, 40 in '84 and a nation-leading 68 in '85. In fact, if you include the Shockers' records for the past seven years, we believe Wichita State has won more college baseball games—410—than any other university.