Your article on Lee Trevino (Lee Returns To Ax a Forrest, March 5) only goes to show that if you believe in something, sooner or later you will achieve it. Now that he has won the Jackie Gleason tournament I believe Lee will have another great year.
An excellent article by Barry McDermott. Lee Trevino is our favorite golfer and always has been. We knew it would take more than a few bad tournaments to keep him down. His return to the top should serve as inspiration to one and all.
MR. AND MRS. ANDREW J. BARCELONA
Thank you for the great coverage of the Lee Trevino comeback. Although I know Lee's fans were not surprised at his victory, I am also sure we will see more of Forrest Fezler in the future.
In your article on the Jackie Gleason Inverrary National Airlines Classic, most of your comment on Forrest Fezler was directed at his final-round collapse. You failed to mention the most dramatic shot of the tournament, Fezler's pressure-filled second shot on the final hole to within five feet of the cup. Although he missed the putt, which would have given him a tie with Lee Trevino, he showed a lot of fortitude with that clutch second shot.
C. M. McILVOY
Score another one for Peter Carry. I think his article on the Los Angeles Lakers (It Hurts When They Aren't the Best, March 5) tells the hidden truth about their problems this season. In addition to West's hamstring injury and Hairston's surgery, Goodrich has been out twice, McMillian and Erickson once each, not to mention several other players who have been injured or stricken by the recent flu epidemic or both.
Another fact, brought up by Chick Hearn on radio during the Feb. 25 Laker-Buck game, is that last season L.A.'s top seven players combined for only nine missed games. This season the top seven have combined for 68 missed games so far. I think this tells most of the story of their four-game losing streak, the longest one they have had since Bill Sharman came to the club. In fact, no other team except Milwaukee has come close to having as many injuries this season as the Lakers; Boston has spent the season practically injury-free. Still, Los Angeles has the second-best record in the league. I think this is the mark of a great ball club.
Culver City, Calif.
Your article on the Superstars decathlon (You Got To Have a Gimmick, March 5) was well written and interesting but the event itself leaves something to be desired. I think it is a good idea to have superstars of different sports compete against each other, although it is a little stupid to have athletes of different ages, such as Bob Seagren and John Unitas, vying against each other in events where age can be a factor. I suggest that next time they pick young athletes who are just coming into their own, or athletes who are already in their prime or older athletes who are about ready to leave the sport, one of the three. That way we could really find out which sport supposedly takes the most strength, endurance and ability.
I think the article by Dan Levin on the so-called Superstars was fantastic. It made clear which pro sports keep an athlete in shape. It also showed who the "old pros" are.
Your article proves what I have suspected all along: most athletic superstars are one-sport freaks.
Pound Ridge, N.Y.
Dan Levin did a stupendous job of covering the event, but I am plagued by mixed emotions about the whole affair. Is it all necessary?
San Mateo, Calif.