Never before have I seen the phenomenon of "pressure" so well expressed in writing.
PAUL J. PUPO
As a Kentuckian, I am very proud of the Wildcats and the job Coach Hall did this year. Hall was an example to others, especially to his players, that nothing worthwhile can be achieved without dedication, hard work and determination. I'm sure some of the other teams had more "fun," but they didn't win the NCAA title. I'm also sure the Wildcats had plenty of fun when they brought home the trophy.
In his quest to emulate famed Kentucky Coach Adolph Rupp and win an NCAA title, Joe Hall found it necessary to become involved in recruiting violations, subject his players to militarylike discipline, publicly criticize them after sub-par performances and instill in them an almost fanatical devotion to basketball and to winning. I, for one, would rather see a feature on a coach like Duke's Bill Foster, who can field a championship-caliber team without having to put college basketball so wildly out of perspective.
BRENT A. TORSTRICK
JIMMY JACKSON'S RESPONSE
In the last month or so, Herman Weiskopf and Bruce Newman have written articles on wrestling that have included me (After the Fall in Dixieland, March 20, and The Brothers Raised a Ruckus, April 24). I'd like to say that I was very displeased! In both articles I seem to be a villain.
Weiskopf's article on Louisiana State's wrestling program was not completely accurate. I beat George Atiyeh because I was a better wrestler, not because he made a "freshman's error."
In his article, Newman doesn't seem to understand that I'm also a student and must attend school, so I was unable to go to the AAU championships in Ames, Iowa that week. I had wrestled two weeks earlier in the World Cup in Toledo, beating Soslan Andiev, the Olympic gold medalist and three-time world champion, 8-6. And one week later I beat Andiev in East Lansing, Mich. by a fall. So you see, I do wrestle around, but I wait for a tournament that I think is of national or world quality. I have beaten Erland van Lidth de Jeude and Greg Wojciechowski several times in the past, and I will do it again this summer in the World Games trials. That tournament will prove who is the best heavyweight in the U.S. today.
The sport of the '80s is here! We skateboarders in Rochester, Mich. think your move to make "rad" O.K. with dad was very "tasty" (Super Rad Means O.K., Dad, April 24). Keep up your interest in skateboarding, and we'll yawn along with your golf articles (no offense. Dad!). SkateBoarder magazine is fine, but your coverage, in my opinion, will make the public more aware that skateboarding is an art and a sport, not a Saturday morning TV phenomenon.
William Zinsser's paean to skateboarding evokes this comment from a 33-year-old female hot-wheels aficionado. All athletes become a bit more cautious with advancing years, but even Katharine Hepburn has been known to do a mean grapevine on her skateboard. I'm less likely to push myself to do high-risk maneuvers than I was in the good old days. But, believe me, I "go for it"—over 30. female and all. Flowing into some fast turns in front of the Superdome or getting quickly and smoothly to various air terminals makes my traveling job as host for "Women in Sports" on the CBS Sports Spectacular even more fun.
So, go for it yourself, Zinsser. Just wear gloves and pick a small hill at first.
New York City
Dr. George Sheehan's article On the Run but in No Hurry (April 17 and 24) was a beautiful, realistic, stark picture of running. As a novice, I have experienced the loneliness and psychological barriers of running. Yet, there is something very contagious about getting in that extra lap or mile.