You say Jockey Mickey Solomone's last name "rhymes with boney" (FACES IN THE CROWD, May 16). Baloney!
New York City
?Well, a little like baloney, but something like salami, too.—ED.
THE AVERAGE MAN SPEAKS UP
Let's get away from this "big-boy bug," as in The Shotput Explosion (April 25). What would a person my size (5 feet 9 inches, 160 pounds) do with the same shot? What is expected as a good performance for the average-size man?
If those behemoths outweigh us normal people by 40%, shouldn't they put the shot 40% farther? John Thomas, the 6-foot 5�-inch high jumper, clears nine inches over his own height, but would the recognition be the same if a 5-foot 9-inch normal person cleared 6 feet 6 inches?
We are going overboard on size in sports and are missing one helluva lot of keen competition by normal-size people.
EARL G. FOX
?Former Olympian Phil Reavis of Villanova, normal by Reader Fox's conception (5 feet 9 inches), was once U.S. indoor high jump champion and in 1958 cleared a bar 13 inches over his head. La Salle's Al Cantello holds the javelin world record. He's 5 feet 7�. USC's Max Truex is national AAU 10,000-meter champion. He's 5 feet 5�.—ED.
'THE DEADLY SPRAY'
We should like to compliment SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for John O'Reilly's story on pesticides (The Deadly Spray, May 2). This is an accurate and well-written piece from the facts as we know them.
LOUIS S. CLAPPER
National Wildlife Federation
BASKETBALL AND BIAS
The statistics which you consider "hard facts" in your EDITORIAL to prove the existence of a referee's bias in favor of the home basketball team (Basketball's Ills, May 2) are grossly inadequate and in no way justify the conclusions which you have drawn from them.
If you had quoted statistics showing that these same teams were penalized more than their opponents when playing away games, I would be more convinced that a bias exists.
Highland Park, Ill.
?The bias is there. When the teams cited in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED went visiting, they were, in nearly every case, the ones to suffer the most penalties.—ED.