Thanks to Curry Kirkpatrick for his excellent article on Chris Evert. If Ms. Evert has not had all the fans on her side in the past, she can be sure of at least one more now.
I wish Chris Evert was the girl next door.
ROBERT S. ROBINSON
Woodland Hills, Calif.
PLACING DR. RICHARDS
It is time to set aside emotional reactions to the controversy over Dr. Renee Richards (Scorecard, Aug. 23) and examine the facts pertinent to a fair resolution of her case. I propose that a screening test be composed of two parts—the first being a gynecological confirmation of sex, and the second being a test of strength and visual-motor skills. The former could obviously be performed quite easily by a gynecologist, while the latter could be administered by specialists in physical education or kinesthesiologists from any major university. Such tests of strength and visual-motor skills are readily available and easily administered. If it could be shown that Dr. Richards does, indeed, have significantly greater strength and visual-motor skills than would be normal for a woman tennis player, then she should be excluded from play. However, I don't think this is likely to be the case; consider the obvious strength and skills of such women tennis players as Betty Stove, Margaret Court and Martina Navratilova.
University of New Orleans
Re SCORECARD (Aug. 30), Minnesota Viking Offensive Guard Ed White is wrong. When an individual's stomach hangs over his belt, it is not Dunlap's disease but Dunlop's (referring to the tire manufacturer). Hence the expression "spare tire."
However, since I weigh a meek 98 pounds and White weighs a hefty 253, I will immediately forgive him his grievous error.
St. Ann. Mo.
After reading John Underwood's superb article on John McKay (A Three-Hour Time Difference, Aug. 23), I think the decision to put an expansion team on your cover displays your uncanny knack for seeking out and reporting on the most interesting and unique personalities in the sporting world.
As a former UPI sportswriter, my impression of my new across-the-lagoon neighbor. Coach John McKay, was that he was the brashest, most caustic egotist I had ever heard interviewed.
After just a few weeks of molding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a quality football team, he also may have proved himself to be the best coach in football.
Win or lose, he'll sure tell it like it is.
ROBERT W. TALIAFERRO
John Underwood gave us a tremendous introduction to what goes on in an expansion team's camp. I plan to be a follower of both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks this season, but I think the Sea-hawks should have shared your cover with the Bucs. A narrow loss to a championship team (the Los Angeles Rams) overshadows a dull victory over the Atlanta Falcons any day. Nonetheless, congratulations on another great cover.