Thanks for the fine article on box lacrosse. I remember clearly when several of us on the Cornell squad went up to the armory in Rochester to play in what was supposed to be the first intercollegiate box lacrosse game between Cornell and Syracuse. We got a real lesson that night from the Onondaga Indians.
EDWARD SIEGEL, M.D.
Deputy Executive Vice-President
Medical Society of the State of New York
Lake Success, N.Y.
Congratulations on the exceptional article by Priit J. Vesilind. Once again SI has displayed its in-depth concern for all sporting events, this time by highlighting a genuine American game.
My three sons, ages 10, 12 and 16, have played on the Newton ( N.Y.) Senecas' minor lacrosse teams, and for these boys it has been more than an opportunity to play an exciting game. It has been a chance to play a game that brings out respect both for one's own teammates and for the opposition.
BERNARD R. REHBAUM
TO THE DOGS
I wish to put in my two cents' worth regarding Ernest Havemann's comments about dog racing (Run, Rabbit, Run, Aug. 27). If he wishes to lose his money in 31 seconds, that is his prerogative, of course. Me, I prefer to lose it more slowly on the horses, particularly the pacers and trotters, who usually take more than two minutes to complete a mile race.
I'll purchase a "win" ticket on SI anytime for publishing such super articles as Run, Rabbit, Run. As a greyhound follower for several years I sincerely enjoyed reading about the history of the sport, and Sonny Alderson's tips are as excellent as his dogs.
LANA K. JOHNSON
It is sometimes hard to understand—and hard to accept—SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S attitude toward the shooting sports as evidenced by the item entitled "Sportsmen" (SCORECARD, Aug. 27). You may have a certain expertise in the spectator sports—but, while you purport to serve all sports, your ignorance and lack of objectivity rear their heads on such subjects as gun controls.
The women who run the YWCA have the right to take a stand. And we sportsmen have the right to object. Do you suggest that we continue to voluntarily contribute to an organization that has lined itself up against what we believe in?
By going out of its field the YW has left itself open to valid criticism and reduced financial contributions. It is sad that other organizations will suffer along with the YW. It is equally sad that sportsmen have long suffered at the hands of liberal legislative overreaction because coddled criminals have used guns in too many crimes.
Wake up SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, you missed the bull's-eye here.
L. R. WALLACK
You have reported the situation in reverse. It is those who advocate gun-control legislation whose action is "coercive and smacks of intimidation." Withholding contributions from community funds is not coercive in the slightest.