It is amazing that SPORTS ILLUSTRATED would devote so much space—any space at all—to a blowhard like Ted Turner. He wouldn't know honor if he fell over it.
Although he sometimes seems to speak without thinking, Ted Turner is a refreshing breeze in professional athletics. His carefree attitude and successful record should be a lesson to others who go through life taking themselves too seriously. Turner is one owner whom I'd truly like to meet.
BRUCE J. BERNSTEIN
As a TV man, professional team owner and sailor, Ted Turner may be a star, but as a military historian he doesn't shine so brightly. Alexander the Great won battles at Granicus, Issus and Arbela, as Turner wrote in his youthful poem. He also routed the Persians at Gaugamela, as Turner says. But the battles of Arbela and Gaugamela count for only one game in the standings, because they were the same battle. Gaugamela was a plain about 20 miles outside of the city of Arbela, and the historic battle fought there in 331 B.C. inherited both names. As one named after the loser at Arbela-Gaugamela, I should know.