Incidentally, can you tell me why the Germans wore green when it is not the color of their flag?
?The West German flag is black, red and gold. The country's soccer team usually wears white jerseys with black shorts, but because Argentina's uniforms are quite similar, for the final the Germans agreed to wear green and white—their reserve colors—as a concession to viewers with black and white TVs (see picture at left).—ED.
I would like to commend Clive Gammon for his prediction that Argentina, and not the favored Brazilians, would win the 1986 World Cup (Shootout In Mexico, June 2). I lived in Argentina during the 1982 World Cup and remember the disappointment of the Argentine people as their team failed to defend its 1978 championship. I can only imagine the happiness of a struggling Argentina now that they have won back the title they lost four years ago.
I'm sure the Argentines would be pleased to learn that the United States' best sports magazine knew all along that Argentina would win back the Cup.
THOMAS E. NORMAN
As a devout soccer fan and one who appreciates world-class athletes, I thoroughly enjoyed Clive Gammon's article on the World Cup final and its brilliant star, Diego Maradona.
The mark of a champion is clearly etched in Maradona's outstanding leadership qualities and his respect for teammates as well as opponents, not to mention his electrifying soccer skills.
It's about time! Finally the world's most popular sport appears on your cover. I hope that your excellent coverage of soccer will continue.
SPELL THAT AGAIN
Billy Martin may have difficulty pronouncing Rey Quinones's name correctly, but unlike SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, he does know how to spell it. In your July 7 SCORECARD item his name was spelled Quinonez, but it was spelled Quinones in Peter Gammons's INSIDE BASEBALL column in that same issue (seepage 53). I guess that's SI's definition of a fielder's choice. (Gammons had it right, even though it is listed as Quinonez in a number of publications.)
Director of Media Relations
New York Yankees
I would question just how much Ted Turner reveres Lord Nelson (What Makes Ted Run?, June 23). As your photo indicates, Turner's Nelson doll wears a patch over its left eye. The left eye was Nelson's good eye. Nelson lost the sight of his right eye at the Battle of Calvi and rarely wore a patch.
Oak Park, Ill.
?Right you are. Here's a look at Nelson minus the patch.—ED.