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Edited by Gay Flood
December 11, 1989
NEON DEIONCongratulations! I would have thought it impossible to capture in a single photo the essence of all that is wrong in sports, but you succeeded with your cover shot of the Falcons' Deion Sanders (Nov. 13). JOHN E. FISHER Glendale, Ariz.
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On your Nov. 6 cover, you ask: CAN ANYONE SHUT DOWN MICHAEL? Dan Dakich of Indiana did it in the 1984 NCAA tournament's East Regional, in Atlanta. Your magazine reported at the time that Dakich's tenacious Hoosier-style defense so "confounded Jordan" in the 72-68 Indiana win that he fouled out after scoring only 13 points in 26 minutes. It can be done.
New Albany, Ind.

There is only one man in the world who was able to consistently hold this phenom under 20 points per game: Dean Smith, master of the infamous four-corners offense, during Jordan's three-year career (17.7 points per game average) at North Carolina. Fortunately for Carolina fans, Jordan did get to make the game-winner—a 17-foot jump shot with 15 seconds remaining—for the title against Georgetown in the 1982 NCAA finals. What a shame to harness such talent.
Winchester, Va.

A college chancellor (the Reverend Jerry Falwell) dismisses a winning football coach (Morgan Hout) out of sheer expediency and hires a big-name coach ( Sam Rutigliano) as a replacement, and everyone is supposed to cheer (Thou Shalt Not Lose, Nov. 13)? For all their sanctimonious cant, I find that Falwell and the "Christian" folk in the athletic department at Liberty University are really no different from their win-at-all-cost brethren at our more established football factories. In the future, please spare us the hypocritical moralizing and self-righteous pronouncements of persons such as Falwell and his Liberty acolytes.
San Diego

As a lifelong baseball fan and longtime supporter of perennially losing teams, I empathize with Steve Wulf's affection for the 1964 Phillies (The Year of the Blue Snow, Sept. 25). However, I was saddened to learn of Chris Short's tragic situation. Please bring us up to date on his condition.

? Short is still in a coma at Christiana Hospital in Wilmington, Del.—ED.

I read Gary Smith's SPOTLIGHT (Oct. 23) with particular interest because I am a North Charleston resident as well as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. I feel it necessary to comment on the stupidity of his neighbors' standing their ground. If the storm had come in a mere 25 miles farther south, the storm surge in Charleston might have been as much as 10 feet higher than it was. This would have put 15 feet of water on Smith's street, instead of the five he mentioned. The winds would have been 20 to 25 mph stronger than they were. I hope that in any future hurricane, Smith will again play it smart and leave the area, despite having to "lose his manhood."
North Charleston, S.C.

My suggestion for Sportsman of the Year is Oakland A's pitcher Dave Stewart (A Hero Lives Here, Nov. 6). His performance for the Athletics and his interest in the welfare of the city of Oakland, both before and after October's tragic earthquake, make him an inspiration to people everywhere. In an age when many professional athletes have a what's-in-it-for-me? attitude, it is refreshing to find someone whose actions stem purely from a dedication to his sport and a concern for his fellowman.
Wilmington, Del.

San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos was reluctant to make a wager with Oakland Mayor Lionel Wilson on the outcome of the World Series because "there's nothing in Oakland that I'd want." Besides the World Series championship, Oakland has Dave Stewart.
Hudson, Fla.

Oakland's Dave Stewart is a good candidate for Sportsman of the Year. However, I believe your award should go to a Sportswoman of the Year, Steffi Graf. Like Stewart, she deserves recognition for her championship performance, for her consistency and for her esteem for the values of home.
Emeryville, Calif.

The 1989 Sportsman of the Year is Bo Jackson. True, other athletes have played in more than one professional sport, but none has been as dominant as Jackson. To be an All-Pro caliber running back in the NFL and an All-Star leftfielder in the American League is an unbelievable accomplishment.
New City, N. Y.

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