We shall begin to believe in this movement among the Christian athletes when they begin to question and to challenge the ethics and values of the world in which they live. And they could do it far better than we who are on the edge of that world.
ROBERT W. LYON, PH.D.
Professor of New Testament
Asbury Theological Seminary
One of my sons belonged to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes while he was in high school. The FCA helped him. It made him a better person. It brought him closer to God. Why do you criticize this?
MARY ANNE SANSBURY
Your series is right on target. You have not thrown "the baby out with the bath water." Too often people reject all of the Christian faith because of what is done by groups which have made their faith into an idolatry that creates and feeds on guilt, or provides a ready-made identity complete with all the answers.
I am sure you are being prayed for at this very moment, but as for me, I say thanks.
As one who is and has been associated with FCA for a number of years, I commend you for your series on religion in sport. I hope we will give your criticisms a fair hearing and not summarily dismiss them as the product of an antagonistic, secular mentality.
Bad Axe, Mich.
As one who did publicity work for the Braves during their 13 years in Milwaukee, I suppose I could be expected to remember that Henry Aaron wore uniform No. 5 during his rookie season before switching in his second year to his now famous No. 44. But imagine my surprise when I read your piece comparing Fred Lynn and Jim Rice's rookie season to that of some of the game's greatest players (Pair Without Parallel, April 12) and noticed that your illustration of Aaron had him correctly wearing No. 5. That's what I call accuracy.
Just to set the record straight, Nebraska and Ohio State, those feared Midwestern juggernauts, were not the only college teams to have 11 players taken in the annual NFL draft (Getting Chilled by a Very Slight Draft, April 19). Lowly Colorado was similarly honored. Center Pete Brock ( New England), Defensive End Troy Archer ( New York Giants) and Offensive Tackle Mark Koncar ( Green Bay) were drafted in the first round. Wide Receiver Dave Logan ( Cleveland), Defensive Back Mike McCoy ( Green Bay) and Offensive Tackle Steve Young ( Tampa Bay) went in the third round. Running Back David Williams ( Dallas) was picked in the seventh round. Running Back Terry Kunz ( Oakland) and Offensive Tackle Bob Simpson ( Miami) were taken in the eighth round. And Linebacker Gary Campbell ( Pittsburgh) and Defensive End Whitney Paul ( Kansas City) were selected in the 10th round.
What is more, San Diego State Quarterback Craig Penrose, chosen in the fourth round by Denver, was a member of the Colorado squad before transferring. Not bad for a team with just 16 seniors on its varsity roster at the end of the 1975 season.
Glenwood Springs, Colo.
In his article on rally driver Orville J. Meyer (High Road to the Good Life, April 19), Phil Singerman says: "Meyer remembers one rally...instruction: Every time you see the word creek spelled out, increase the average speed 10%, but every time creek is abbreviated, decrease average speed 10%. 'You're going along at 50 mph and you see creek spelled out, so you increase to 55,' he says. 'Then you see cr. and nine out of 10 people decreased to 50 rather than 49.5.' When he was asked how one managed to drive at 49.5 miles an hour, Meyer just chuckled."
But at the next "creek," the 10% increase works out to 54.45 mph. And at the next "cr.," the 10% decrease makes it 49.005. Or worse, another "creek," and he's supposed to drive 53.9055.