I enjoyed the article, but where did Franz Lidz get his name? Not in North Dakota. Where are rattlesnakes supposed to bring their mothers? To the opera? What exactly is wrong with little bitty black leather bikinis—unless it's 40� below? What's wrong with Hoople, Cackle and Zap?
Actually, the less you know, the better we feel. It helps keep the riffraff out of our state.
Minot, N. Dak.
GOD IS A SHE?
I was dismayed to see Douglas S. Looney refer to God as "She" (COLLEGE FOOTBALL, Oct. 27). On what basis does he make such an assertion? His own bias? Notwithstanding the fact that Western society generally accepts the generic reference to God as "He" because of what is understood to be God's own self-revelation in the Bible, Looney's comment bears no relevance to the substance of the item. I'm aware of trends toward using non-sexist or all-inclusive language, but this is blatant editorializing. If Looney's perception of God is feminine, so be it. But he should not use his position as a writer to state as fact that which is truly his opinion. One may indeed have thought that God didn't want St. Joseph's to win. And in fact, God didn't.
ROBERT A. REITH
Prospect Park, N.J.
I was distressed when you used a personal pronoun for God. God is God! God is not a female! Please stick to sportswriting and leave religion to those people who are qualified.
THE REVEREND WILLIAM M. CARNEY
St. John's Lutheran Church
Britton, S. Dak.
My priest, the Reverend Fred Fenton of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, will be especially delighted. He has been telling us for years that God is not just a He!
Santa Monica, Calif.
THE FOY AWARD
Funny you should notice. Last year the Tennessee Vols finished with one of their best records ever by scoring the biggest upset of the bowls, and they got one sentence and a picture in your Jan. 13 issue (The College Bowls). This year things go awry and Ivan Maisel gives them the Flop of the Year (FOY) award (COLLEGE FOOTBALL, Oct. 27). Come on, show some balance. Furthermore, the idea that 10,000 Alabama fans could "out-holler the 85,000-plus Vol faithful" is absurd. Vol fans are nothing if not vocal.
KEVIN W. BUTLER
Losing to archrival Alabama 56-28 was devastating enough for Volunteer fans. But does that loss combined with their other losses to Auburn, Army and Mississippi State make the Vols deserving of the label Flop of the Year? I wasn't so sure. But then against Georgia Tech on Saturday, Oct. 25, they missed a 27-yard field goal with less than two minutes to go when the ball hit the right upright and fell to the ground like a dead duck. Final score: Georgia Tech 14, Tennessee 13. Only the Vols' third loss to Tech in 22 years. Surely any doubters as to Tennessee's new title are now convinced. What a bummer!
May I respectfully suggest that this award be renamed?
ROBERT W. FOY
HEAVY METAL ATHLETES
Thank you for Franz Lidz's ON THE SCENE (Oct. 27) look at golfers Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, lead guitarists for the rock group Judas Priest. I had the pleasure of watching them perform in Chicago. However, they are not the only heavy metal athletes.
Lars Ulrich, the Scandinavian-born drummer for Metallica, originally came to America to pursue pro tennis. David Lee Roth is a devoted student of the martial arts. Steve Harris, an expert bassist, considered playing pro soccer in England before founding his now super band, Iron Maiden. Probably the most notable rocker-athlete, however, is Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of Iron Maiden. He is a member of the prestigious London Thames Fencing Club and is considered to be one of the top amateur fencers in England.
Iowa City, Iowa