Six pages about baseball's most exciting and most evenly balanced division, the National League East (The Bucs Stop Here? Aug. 25), and not one word about the New York Mets. What gives?
I am overwhelmed by your overlooking the Mets. In the past (1969, 1973) they have proved that they can come from behind and win in the clutch. At this writing they are only five games behind with a month left in the season.
New Haven, Conn.
Few sportswriters have ever been able to capture the sense of "Packerism" that is in the blood of every Wisconsinite. But Edwin Shrake (A Fresh Start with Bart, Aug. 25) showed the down-to-earth ways of a legendary football team that won, and will win, with vigor yet supreme modesty.
Bart Starr will maintain this tradition.
Great dynasties never die, they just get interrupted.
RIORDAN AND DELL
Curry Kirkpatrick's story on Bill Riordan and Donald Dell (By Hook or by Crook, Aug. 25) was very good. There are, however, a few things I would like to point out.
If Dell and Riordan were to disappear today I am sure tennis would survive and probably continue on its youthful course (remember, open tennis is only seven years old).
There are thousands of people who daily are contributing great amounts of time and energy to professional tennis; they just aren't interested in continually letting everyone know they are around.
I am proud of my 1973 Davis Cup record. In the article it was stated that Rod Laver and I played only in the final round. In March and April of that year I played Davis Cup against Japan and India. In India we spent 12 days training under armed guard because of a death threat against us. Laver joined the team for the semifinal and final, as did Ken Rosewall.
New Braunfels, Texas
The Aug. 25 issue of SI stated that I was party to an agreement that prohibited Jimmy Connors from entering the 1974 French National Championship Tournament. That statement is totally false and has absolutely no basis in fact. I was not party to any such agreement. Indeed, prior to the French tournament, the Grand Prix Committee adopted, at my specific urging, and in the presence of the French tournament director, a resolution condemning bans against players.
DONALD L. DELL