FATTI MASCHII, PAROLE FEMINE
What a spectacular issue (May 7) for sports fans from the state of Maryland! You gave us articles on Spectacular Bid, now the Kentucky Derby winner; our spectacular Orioles, perched atop the American League East; the University of Maryland's spectacular hurdler and baton-carrier, Renaldo Nehemiah; and the spectacular Bullets (forget the " Washington" misnomer; the address of the Bullets reads Landover, Md.).
Your only sin was the omission of the showdown in lacrosse between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation. On April 28 Johns Hopkins edged Maryland 13 to 12 to remain undefeated and retain its top ranking.
JANICE C. GREENBERG
Because the NBA playoff series between the defending champion Washington Bullets and the dynamic young Atlanta Hawks was one of the most electrifying sporting events in recent memory, my friends and I were confident that SI would feature the story. Sure enough, our May 7 issues arrived bearing a photograph of Elvin Hayes et al. on the cover and Curry Kirkpatrick's account of the action (Alive, but Just Barely). Kirkpatrick captured the mood and meaning of this compelling competition.
As proud, albeit undernourished, supporters of Atlanta sports, we applaud both teams and suggest that if the NBA had more coaches like Hubie Brown and more teams like the Hawks—i.e., teams with pro-level skills but collegiate enthusiasm—it could then shed any images of bored players dogging their way through boring games.
I know it's not saying much in view of our past sports records, but I've never been more proud to be an Atlanta fan. Thanks for the great coverage of a memorable matchup.
WALTON H. REEVES
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Sarah Pileggi's article on Byron Nelson was fantastic (Good Lord of Golf, May 7). I don't know how she gained so much insight into the game, but as a golf writer she deserves to be ranked up there with Bernard Darwin and Herbert Warren Wind.
Sarah Pileggi's article is the finest golf writing I've read in 50 years.
Fort Lee, N.J.
I wrote a lot of golf articles, mostly on style analysis, back in the '20s and '30s, and more recently (November and December 1975) I have had articles published in PGA Magazine (formerly Professional Golfer). What interested me most about Sarah Pileggi's superb article was the remark that Byron Nelson had huge hands. Large hands usually go with large feet, and both of these are tremendous assets for a golfer. The other famous golfer who had huge hands was Harry Vardon. He won six British Opens and one U.S. Open and was also the greatest golfer of his day.
Incidentally, Nelson was the first topflight golfer I ever saw who, instead of playing onto a braced left leg, as was the fashion in those days, bent his left leg toward the hole at impact, which is now the technique almost universally used by the majority of the leading professional golfers.
Except for Vardon and Hagen, I have had the good fortune to see in action all of the great professional players who are charter members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. I have marveled at the performances of Sarazen, Snead, Hogan, Palmer, Player and Nicklaus over many years. Yet the man who stands out in my memory, just a little ahead of all the others, is Byron Nelson.