After reading the paragraph on the Yorkshire terrier the average person is going to believe that all Yorkies have open skulls and can easily die. This is not true. The problem will occur more often in the toy breeds but is not common. Ask any reputable Yorkshire terrier breeder. In the future, we hope your Westinsmter review will be in better taste, or please don't bother.
LEONA and SCOTT RYAN
As an exhibitor and fancier of dogs, I have to say that your article by Robert H. Boyle was one of the best I've ever read. The comments by Captain Haggerty may well have provided the impetus and hammer blows that are needed to shake up modern dog showing.
To have given an open critique, such as Haggerty did, on our most prestigious show, the Westminster, will undoubtedly not endear him to many, but he gained the respect of countless others. To name names and point out faults required tremendous courage and an all-consuming personal honesty, which appear to be lacking in the show world of today.
ROBERT H. BURNS
Silence Is Golden Basenji Club
Captain Haggerty says it all in 17 sweet words: "...any dog that becomes a champion in the show ring should be able to pass working tests."
Now let's go to work and get back to the main point of dogs.
RAYMOND C. HOAGLAND
Fair Haven, N.J.
Never have I read such a satisfying article as Richard W. Johnston's These Vikings Were Steelier (Feb. 24). I have been a Viking fan for quite some time now and my loyalty to them was severely tested after their disappointing play in this year's Super Bowl. But your article restored my confidence in them, not just as a football team but as people. I'm sure they can pull themselves together and have another good year, one they can be proud of. And if they don't, with a little practice they could be tug-of-war champions of the world.
Columbia Falls, Mont.
Dave Osborn says, "It was the greatest experience, the greatest victory, I've ever had in sport. Better than any football game...and people who see that tug-of-war on television will remember it when they've forgotten who played in the 1975 Super Bowl."
I remember who played in the 1975 Super Bowl. The Steelers wiped the Vikings off the field. They dominated the game in every aspect. If I were privileged enough to be a Steeler and someone asked me about the tug-of-war, I would simply hold up my hand and show him my Super Bowl ring.
BOYS AND GIRLS TOGETHER
I've always respected SI for standing up to the biggies in the sports world, but you really blew it with "Set 'Em Up in the Other Alley" (SCORECARD, Feb. 24). You openly contradict yourself. You say girls join boys' sports because girls have no other outlet for their talent. Maybe these guys had no other outlet but to play on the girls' team; after all, there was no boys' team. Let's face it, it girls can compete with guys—well, it works both ways. You can't have your cake and eat it.
Women ought to read the Equal Rights Amendment. Men also ought to wake up; a lot of money awaits those entering female tournaments.