WRIGHT OR WRONG?
Steve Wright's article about his two seasons with the Giants (Wright Was All Wrong, Right? Nov. 25) was a true-to-life example of the behind-the-scenes operations described in Pete Gent's North Dallas Forty. For many years (10, to be exact) I have wondered why standout players with other clubs who have been traded to the Giants never equaled their past performances. Wright has given me a little insight into what some of the problems may be. His article was terrific reading.
Little Neck, N.Y.
I prefer to view Wright not as a victim of mismanagement but as a battler against oppression by the arrogant. I hope that every person in a position of power will read his story. My congratulations to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED on another article that goes beyond sports.
WILLIAM P. MOORE
One of the treasured rewards of my lifelong association with professional football players has been the mutual sharing of friendship and respect with many hundreds of Giant players. Apparently, Steve Wright does not count himself in this number. If so, I am sorry, but I would not trade their friendship for his even if I could.
Every man wants to be proud of his family. I am particularly proud of the maturity with which my sons have conducted themselves in their contact with football games and football players. This is an attribute which few, if any, of Steve Wright's many former coaches ever found in him.
WELLINGTON T. MARA
New York Football Giants Inc.
New York City
It is always hard to stand by and try to figure out why a team you love, a team you grew up with, has turned from great to mediocre to just plain uninspired lousy. Accordingly, I read the excerpt from Steve Wright's book with interest. While I fully realize that Wright tells only one side of the story and that he does little to hide his personal bias, I have followed the Giants long enough to know that the only solution left to them is not to replace a coach or the players, but somehow to replace the owner.
GARY C. HUESTED
As a former player of Little League baseball I was very proud of my association with the sport. Now I am sickened by the decision to oust foreign competitors from the Little League World Series (SCORECARD, Nov. 25). This cop-out by the U.S. in world competition is a trend very unbecoming the "home of the brave." In the future I suggest the Little League people in Williamsport, Pa. oust the term "World" from their "World Series."
ALIVE AND KICKING
In the Eastern regional edition of your Nov. 11 issue there is a story When Football Went To War by Charles Einstein. In it he calls me the late Hooks Mylin. I don't know when I was resurrected, but on Saturday, Nov. 2 I was inducted into the National Football Foundation's Hall of Fame. I am getting plenty of phone calls and letters from people wanting to know when I returned to life and why I didn't stay where I was. Will you please remedy this?
E.E. (HOOKS) MYLIN
?For a look at Hooks as he materialized during Hall of Fame induction ceremonies last month, see below.—ED.
I couldn't believe Dan Jenkins' one-sided article on Green Bay's so-called upset of Minnesota (Just a Job for the Vikes, Nov. 25). Jenkins wrote about everything from Bud Grant going duck hunting to how casual Fran Tarkenton looked dressed in a turtleneck and drinking a black-cherry soda in the locker room. I think Jenkins forgot that the yawn, ho-hum Packers beat one of the best teams in football, 19-7, and were inside the Vikings' 10-yard line four times.
There's as much chance of the Vikings becoming nonchalant about losing to the Packers as there is of the black-and-blue division turning pink and white.