Congratulations to Dan Jenkins for his standout article on the Vikes. He depicted the attitude of most professional athletes today. Except for a rare few, they arc more concerned with their paychecks than the sport in which they are competing. Jenkins' article points out the apathy of the Vikings, although most teams are guilty of it. All professional sports would benefit if the competitors would stop thinking that being an athlete is a nine-to-five job.
Pound Ridge, N.Y.
Dan Jenkins has a talent for transmitting the news and at the same time imparting a very gratifying sense of humor.
C. ROBERT SWANBECK, M.D.
Speaking for ourselves and fellow equestrians, we must commend you on your bringing to the spotlight the one and only Dennis Murphy (A Country Boy Has Them Jumping, Nov. 25). He is, without the slightest doubt, the best in the business, sporting a natural ability that has to be seen to be believed. His competitiveness, whether in winning or in losing, is in accordance with that of the true sportsman. Knowing the quality of his performances and the graciousness of his character, we feel confident in saying that there will be many more "Poosance" victories to come.
CLAIRE and MEREDITH BASS
The article Ken Dryden on Trial (Nov. 25) is just another indication of your bias toward the old, established clubs in the NHL. The only way Dryden "lit up the ice" during the three games described was when the red light flashed after each of the 11 goals he allowed. The Flyers and the Kings have far superior goaltenders in Bernie Parent and Rogie Vachon, but Dryden gets all the copy.
Dryden is going to have to go a lot heavier on yogurt, fruit shakes, honey, apples and fruit salad if he is to approach the high performance level of Parent. Only God saves more than Bernie!
Perhaps a more fitting picture beneath your Nov. 25 cover headline THE COMEBACK GOALIE would have been that of Buffalo's Roger Crozier.
Mark Mulvoy's superb article was one more plus for SI. I am from Boston and love my Bruins, and from that standpoint I am anti- Ken Dryden. But from a hockey standpoint, I respect and admire his opinions, his class and, most of all, his skills. "Octopus," as Dryden is unaffectionately known by Boston fans, has more than once stopped the Boston scoring machine. And he has not lost his touch, as was proved Thursday, Nov. 14 when he practically singlehandedly thwarted Boston, 4-1. Boston has a lot of ground to make up, with Buffalo rolling along in first place, but it will probably be to no avail if we have to face Dryden.
A rookie from the University of Florida named Nat Moore, who has been playing for the Miami Dolphins this season, was not included in Ron Reid's article Bumper Year for a Robust Crop (Nov. 18). If you are still unsure who Moore is, please check the balloting for Rookie of the Year; he'll be the one with Moore votes than 50% of the players mentioned.
Delray Beach, Fla.
John Underwood's article Now Everybody Has the Bug (Nov. 11), which quite appropriately focused attention on this nation's fastest-rising sport, may nevertheless have misled some into believing that tennis requires its participants to expend vast sums to equip and attire themselves for the game. Underwood writes: "When he slips into his $26 Head double-knit shorts and $28 Adidas shoes, and she into her $75 Ginori ballerina knit with matching sweater (lace panties optional), and they pack their $50 Gucci tennis bag to go swat a few fuchsia-colored $4-a-can Penn tennis balls with their $145 Chemold graphite rackets, the tennis couple will have made a staggering contribution to style as well as commerce."
Maybe so, but when my wife and I head for the courts, it's more like this: I slip into my $7.95 Sears double-knit shorts and my $8.95 Converse tennis shoes (bought at a discount store), and she into her $16 J.C Penney knit tennis dress (lace panties included), and we pack our tennis bag (2� books of trading stamps) to go swat a few yellow-colored $2.14 Penn tennis balls (also bought at a discount store) with our $19.95 Wilson Autograph rackets (more discount store stuff). We, too, have made a contribution, though not staggering, to style as well as commerce. Moreover, we can enjoy the game without any fear whatsoever of our bank's foreclosing on us, which may not be the case in the instance of the fictionalized couple depicted by Mr. Underwood.
KEITH W. MITCHELL