This time you really blew it! I can't believe it! Golden State pulls the biggest upset in pro basketball history, and you guys stick Billy Martin on the cover (June 2). To add insult to injury, you had only a two-page article about the best team (The Warriors Were Bulletproof). A cover showing Rick Barry, Keith Wilkes, Clifford Ray—any of the hustling, determined Warriors—would have been more appropriate.
H. NEAL DOUGHTY
Sullivan's Island, S.C.
We knew that the Warriors were underrated, but did you have to keep them that way? After their spectacular four-game sweep over the Bullets to win the NBA championship, we feel they deserve more than one photo and four columns of text, and they certainly should have had their picture on the cover. How typical of Eastern snobbery to ignore our Golden State!
Golden State may have been bulletproof, but your coverage sure had a lot of holes.
Though your readers usually discuss the articles of previous weeks in 19TH HOLE, I feel that your staff and contributing photographers make your magazine the esthetic sports weekly that it is. My congratulations go to Walter Iooss Jr. for his remarkably perceptive cover shot of Billy Martin.
ANGUS G. GARBER III
The stunning impact of Frank Deford's excellent article Love, Hate and Billy Martin (June 2) is obvious. He has, in the course of 11 pages, converted me, a Baltimore Oriole fan, from a Billy Martin hater to a Billy Martin admirer. Deford presented a genuine insight into the heart and soul of Martin, both on and off the field.
MICHAEL A. REACHARD
Frank Deford was too easily swayed by Martin's B-movie macho.
RICHARD B. BARTHELMES
New York City
My compliments. In this era of fogbound May hockey games, $1 million contracts for unproven rookies and $10 sports tickets, there is a warm spot in my heart for such things as the bargain bleachers of Wrigley Field and scrappers like Billy Martin who are willing to stand up for their beliefs. Martin has had more than his share of controversy over the years, but his ability to motivate players and mold them into a cohesive unit is exceptional.
PETER J. FRIDEN
Palisades Park, N.J.
Billy Martin has helped bring truth and honor back into prominence. By being himself, this stand-up guy has injected needed excitement into baseball. Once again we can dream of game-winning rallies and long fly balls—and people caring.
WILLIAM H. FULLER JR.
OUT OF THE FOG
Every time you people write an article about Buffalo, you criticize the weather or the hapless teams we have put together or something else you sophisticates think up (They Didn't Have the Foggiest in the Finals, June 2).
I am New York City born and bred, but I have lived in the Buffalo area since 1955 and think it's great up here. Sure, our Auditorium is not air conditioned. Who said the NHL should play hockey in the middle of May, anyway? The only people who want to are the owners, so they can make extra money. Hockey, for your information, is a winter sport, and if memory serves me, it was in the 90s in New York City on those two nights. Why don't you give our three teams credit for making the playoffs in pro football, basketball and hockey this season?