What are we trying to prove? Are we of the international athletic community attempting to demonstrate that we can be major league jerks like the South African government by beating up on a young girl? If we must persecute Zola Budd in symbolic retribution against South Africa, perhaps we ought to look inside ourselves for the real enemy. Treating Budd as a symbol of South African repression of blacks is missing the point, which is, of course, that we should treat each other as individuals—living, feeling, equal human beings. Regarding people as bloodless symbols can only hinder our progress toward that ideal.
After being confronted—as a teenager—with obscenities, obstructions and assault, with her avenues of escape being either to quit her sport or to cut off her main source of emotional support (i.e., her family in South Africa), is it any wonder that Budd went home?
STEVEN CHARLES WARREN
KNIGHT VS. BUSH
In your May 23 SCORECARD item headlined "Hoosier and Who?" you noted that we sent five reporters and a photographer to cover the Bob Knight story and one reporter and a photographer to cover Vice-President George Bush. I can only say that in allocating our staff's manpower we were guided by the immortal words of Babe Ruth, who, when asked to justify a salary that was bigger than President Herbert Hoover's, replied, "Why not? I had a better year than he did."
The Albuquerque Tribune
SHOES FOR SHOEBOTTOM
In his article Devilish Feat by the Bruins (May 23), Austin Murphy stated: "Two dozen or so Bruins fans, for reasons known only to themselves, threw their shoes onto the ice, obliging them to go home in their stocking feet."
Shoe-throwing by Boston fans began during Game 2 of the Bruins' opening-round playoff series against the Buffalo Sabres. A rookie defenseman, Bruce Shoebottom, had been called up from the Maine Mariners, Boston's farm team, to fill in because of injuries. In that game he scored his first NHL goal, which proved to be the game-winner in Boston's 4-1 victory over the Sabres. Delirious Bruins fans began chanting "Shoe...Shoe...Shoe," and a few threw their shoes onto the ice. It appears as though shoe-throwing may become something of a playoff tradition.
?Here's a look at Shoebottom in action against the Sabres (top left). That's linesman Ron Finn (bottom left) picking up shoes tossed onto the ice during the Bruins-Devils game that Murphy was referring to.—ED.