Give credit where credit is due. The women who freeze in the stands up North are there because they truly appreciate the game and because they are not particularly worried about Mr. Sidaris and his silly views on how they look.
SUSAN FALCOFF KARESH
Man does not live by honey alone. We at Stanford feel that a belief in human equality with respect to social, political and economic rights should be a more highly regarded standard of beauty than a transient pretty smile or other commonly preferred superficial characteristics. Hopefully, Andy Sidaris will keep this in mind next fall.
I won't agree or disagree with Andy Sidaris' "honey shot" evaluations, since his comments obviously are a colossal put-on. Surely Mr. Sidaris doesn't expect female fans in such "arctic" climes as Buffalo and Pittsburgh to look quite as enticing as Southern California honeys basking in warm weather and skimpy outfits.
Also, if Andy had done his homework he would know that Buffalo hasn't had a college-level football team for several years. Being facetious can be fun; being a city-knocker shows very little imagination.
R. A. PIECHOWICZ
MIDDLE AMERICAN STAR
It is articles like The Heydays of a Big Barnburner (Feb. 11) that make Sports Illustrated unique. SI gives us human beings and their value systems, not just a column of sports statistics as do most of our TV and newspaper reports. Each morning as I have arisen in the dark this past week, my thoughts have been of Steve Piatt, up hours before me, doing his farm chores before beginning a full schedule of classes at Huntington College.
The Platt family is giving up professional basketball status because, as Peggy Piatt says, "It's only a mile to our church, seven minutes to the college. We live a mile west of Steve's parents and a mile and a half east of my parents.... Our children...will go to the same schools Steve and I did." Right on, Mr. and Mrs. Piatt! Right on, SI.
MARTIN J. WYAND
I especially enjoyed the article about Steve Piatt. The fact that three of the top six all-time college scorers attended Indiana schools is a tribute to Hoosier basketball.
New Haven, Ind.
Three cheers for Steve Piatt and barnyard basketball! Our school is without a gymnasium and on rainy days our team practices in a dirt-floored haybarn. We have no pigs, but we do have to watch out for hay bales. It's nice to know we have such good company in Steve Platt.
Thank you for an interesting and informative article on Dwight Stones (All Gall, Divided into Three Parts, Feb. 4). Ever since he broke the world high-jump record in July, I have been waiting to read something in SI about this fine athlete from Glendale, Calif. There is little doubt that Stones will become a legend in the proportions of the memorable John Thomas.
I had to laugh while reading Ron Reid's article on Dwight Stones. It showed only one side of Stones. Underneath he is a typical spoiled Glendale kid. He is the Muhammad Ali of track.
MICHAEL A. NAOUM