SANDERS & SON
It's unfortunate that pressure applied by his father helped persuade Barry Sanders to leave Oklahoma State without completing his education (Barry Breaks Away, April 10). Barry's future certainly looks bright, but there's no guarantee that he will have a long and lucrative career in the NFL. The path from college to success in the pros is littered with broken hearts and broken dreams.
I was appalled by William Sanders's attitude toward Barry's opportunity to play in the NFL. William's biggest concern seems to be grabbing his share of the millions Barry hopes to make. To make matters worse, the situation turned racial when William urged that Barry hire black agents. We blacks need to bond and strive for the best, but blacks like William keep us that one step back.
How sad. Barry's father's reaction seems indicative of a society that sees its young people as little more than commodities.
GARY A. SHAPIRO
Your story was one-sided. William Sanders's comments were timely. He is obviously doing something right. Including Barry, he has three children in college, he's self-employed and, thank goodness, he knows the importance of African-Americans looking out for family.
I have only admiration for William Sanders, and I am looking forward to seeing Barry as a pro. College can wait. Mr. Sanders exemplifies what a head of household should be.
Garden City, Kans.
Austin Murphy's cynical characterization of Minnesota fans during the outstanding NCAA championship hockey game (Minnesota Faces Were Crimson, April 10) rubbed salt in our wounds. Although we may not have been pleased that the Golden Gophers lost to Harvard, we certainly realized that Minnesota was lucky to have hosted a tournament that featured hockey at its best. Labeling Minnesotans "hockey snobs" was a slap in the face.
Murphy failed to report that the Gopher squad consisted entirely of Minnesota boys and that the Crimson achieved its title with the assistance of recruits from Minnesota and other locations far from the East Coast. My guess is that Murphy is a (snobbish) Harvard alum.
SAMUEL C. SEYFERT
? Murphy is a Colgate man.—ED.
DR. PEELE'S ROLE
In his article with Rick Telander, The Nightmare of Steroids (Oct. 24), Tommy Chaikin wrote, "... our orthopedic surgeon, Robert Peele, would shoot up guys who had injured ankles or whatever with Xylocaine, a local anesthetic."
This suggests that I misused the drug Xylocaine. In fact, I have injected spot or trigger points on ankles and feet fewer than 10 times in the six years that I have served as the orthopedic surgeon for the University of South Carolina football team. My injection of the side of Tommy Chaikin's injured great right toe was medically proper for his trigger point.