The article in the football issue about Robert Schilken (A Backup Looks Back) was a joy to read. We need to hear more about these athletes—people like Schilken and former Michigan player Stefan Humphries (He Came Out Picture Perfect, June 4, 1984)—and less about the likes of Bosworth and McMahon.
What a strange twist it is that goof-offs like Bosworth garner the spotlight with their crude mouths and small minds while scholar-athletes like Schilken quietly and unpretentiously move on from football to make something of themselves. What better way to show this twist than to run a story about the clown next to one about the class act.
FATHERS & SONS
In your splendid football issue you listed nine UCLA football players who have dads who were outstanding athletes (INSIDE SLANT). YOU overlooked at least one.
Gaston Green, TB, is the son of Gaston Green III, who equaled the junior college 120-yard high-hurdle record while at Los Angeles City College in 1960. Gaston III later went on to star on the outstanding Arizona State track teams of the early '60s.
SHULA & HENNING
Mike Shula (The Tide Roils With A Shula Named Mike, Sept. 8) wasn't the only son of an NFL head coach to lead his college team to victory in its opening game this season. Quarterback Dan Henning of Maryland (son of Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Henning) drove the Terps to a late-fourth-quarter field goal as Maryland beat Pittsburgh, 10-7.
SUGAR RAY'S RETURN
As a longtime fan of Sugar Ray Leonard, I was saddened when he was forced to retire from a great boxing career because of a detached retina. I was even sadder when he decided to return to fight Kevin Howard (For Leonard It Was Down, And Then Out, May 21, 1984) and now I am disgusted that he is planning to come back to fight Marvelous Marvin Hagler ("There Is A Burning Desire In Me," Sept. 8). For Leonard to fight Hagler, the greatest champion I have seen, would be a travesty and unfair to the middleweights who have earned a title shot. Leonard says he has a "burning desire." Would that be a burning desire to fight the Marvelous One, or to bank another $10 million, which we are led to believe he doesn't need?
Glen Burnie, Md.
Oh, Sugar Ray. I suppose it's now up to Hagler to knock some sense into you.
I support Leonard's decision. If I were in his shoes, I would want to fight Hagler, too.
MICHAEL J. MILLER
It is true that the Denver Baseball Commission was approached by the Giants about a temporary move to Denver (Gone With The Wind? Sept. 1). However, that "bizarre" plan actually underscored Giants owner Bob Lurie's overriding desire to stay in the Bay Area. Frankly, I believe the Giants would be much better off in Denver. I hope that when major league baseball finally does come to our city, we will have an owner as committed to Denver as Lurie is to San Francisco.
STEVEN H. KATICH
Denver Baseball Commission
THE STILT & THE LITTLE GUY
In the Sept. 1 issue, reader Charles A. Wade wrote, "The height that Chamberlain has attained over the years has obscured his view of the little guy's troubles below." Wrong!