To keep readers up to date, rookie Kyle Rote Jr. led the league in total points and the remarkable Joe Fink finished tied for second in goals-scored—the highest statistical finish by American players in any season.
Thanks Joe, thanks Kyle, your accomplishments this year have probably done more for soccer's rising popularity in the U.S. than any individual's in the past; you arrived in the nick of time.
It is interesting that the new crop of homegrown soccer players includes the son of a football star ( Rote), and the son of a major league baseballer ( Miami's Mike Seerey).
RUFUS L. MOYER
State College, Pa.
When we started all this seven years ago, not only was there no sign of a good young American pro soccer player, but also of Americans who cared how many young Americans there were in pro soccer.
New York Cosmos
New York City
Perhaps next time you cover the Girls' 16 National Tennis Championships (A Sweet 16 Dance at Charleston, Aug. 6) you could give a little more coverage to the real champ, Betsy Nagelsen, who, despite her obvious handicap of not having a pro sister or tennis experts for parents, won the championship and has a bright future in women's tennis.
Rolling Prairie, Ind.
I was deeply disappointed with the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED commentary on the Lance Rentzel case. It was utterly devoid of any pretense of objectivity. How you can possibly draw an analogy between a pernicious, pervasive conspiracy to fix a World Series and the isolated private activities of one football player in the off-season is beyond my understanding.
I feel you do a grave disservice to Ed Garvey and the readers of this magazine by willfully neglecting to present his side of the litigation. Lance Rentzel has been duly apprehended and processed by the appropriate legal authorities. His punishments have been determined by the courts, as they would have been with any other citizen in similar circumstances.
That is precisely where matters should end. There is no reason why Rentzel or anyone should suffer double jeopardy for his offenses. There is no justification for the despotic Rozelle to impose additional arbitrary sanctions and deny Rentzel his opportunity to earn a livelihood.
ERNEST B. JOHNSON
In my opinion, Commissioner Rozelle's only fault lies in being too long-suffering with the most spoiled and arrogant group of adults in America. I only wish he had stuck to his guns and suspended Joe Namath back when all this foolishness first came to public attention. I would also like to see mandatory drug tests as often as is necessary to expel any player who might set such a sorry example for present and future athletes and other involved young people.
I am presently a season ticket-holder with the Atlanta Falcons. I would sooner purchase tickets to see what some may call mediocre players who are great men than to pay the salaries and pensions for great players who are sorry men.
College Park, Ga.