After seeing how Pole Vaulter Bob Seagren devastated Joe Frazier, Johnny Bench, Elvin Hayes, Rod Laver, Jean-Claude Killy, Johnny Unitas, Rod Gilbert, Jim Stefanich and Peter Revson in the Superstars decathlon (You Got To Have a Gimmick, March 5), I shudder to think what he might have accomplished had he not been a mere pseudo-athlete unsuited to sane events.
JOHN P. WIRTZ
Thank you for the article on the Westminster show (Doggy Doings in the Garden, Feb. 26). Dog people are indeed a different and dedicated breed. As a member of that breed, I am pleased to see dog showing being given its proper status as a sport.
Salt Lake City
Please inform Robert Boyle that, for the most part, knowledgeable dog people do form the galleries of the best-in-show judgings. This does not mean all will agree on the final decision. Did the Russians really win the Olympic basketball gold medal? Still, my hat's off for an article well done.
Westminster is a status show. Come out and cover a Western show and see the difference. Even the dogs smile out here.
Salt Lake City
I cannot express in words my delight on reading Dan Levin's excellent article Wisconsin on the Ice: Hullabaloo! (Feb. 19). As an avid fan of college hockey, I have long awaited the day when SI would acknowledge that the sport exists apart from Boston University. But it was particularly gratifying that you should choose to "break the ice" in Madison, Wis., where hockey is king.
TIMOTHY P. LODGE
So Dan Levin wants to talk about college hockey in the WCHA? Fine. But let's forget about Wisconsin's rubber chickens and Mad Dog fans who spit on opponents from section CC2. Let's look at the Badgers when they come out to play against a real hockey team.
Last March, Wisconsin needed to gain only a tie in its last two home games against Denver University in order to celebrate both Coach Bob Johnson's birthday and its first WCHA championship. Denver spoiled both celebrations by sweeping the series and claiming its sixth title in 12 years.
This season Denver has again won the WCHA and been ranked No. 1 in the nation. The Pioneers have done this without the advantages of home ice. Indeed, for this year's games against Wisconsin, Denver had to play at "home" in Colorado Springs. Without its own section CC2 Denver split, giving the Pioneers an overall lead of seven wins and four losses against the Badgers.
When Wisconsin's hullabaloo is long over, both Dan Levin and the Badgers will know that rubber chickens don't win championships—but hockey Denver style does.
I am proud to be a member of the somewhat infamous CC2 section at University of Wisconsin hockey games. However, I am disappointed and offended by Dan Levin's implication that the members of CC2 are former political activists who go to the hockey games only because there are no longer political demonstrations on campus. While Wisconsin has been known for its political activities and some of the group may indeed have some interest in politics, we are all in that section for one reason alone: we love hockey.