I have always felt
that one of the greatest disservices ever wrought by the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences was its snobbish disregard of what should have been
the best picture of 1977—Slap Shot. Thanks from many of us in the game for this
Where Are They Now? cover story.
Pete Weber, Play-by-Play Announcer
brothers article (Goons Forever, July 2--9) brought back memories. I was at
that Jets-Comets game in Utica, N.Y., at which the Hansons came into the stands
to go after a fan. Seeing the players climbing over the glass was pretty scary.
I had no idea those crazy players I was running from were the same ones I still
enjoy watching in Slap Shot.
Angela Santopietro, San Diego
In March my wife
and I were sitting alongside a harbor in the British Virgin Islands, enjoying a
local libation, when a man disembarked from a sailboat. As he approached, I
read on the front of his T-shirt the name CHARLESTOWN. I assumed that it was a
British port somewhere in the islands. Then he passed us, and I saw the back of
his shirt, which read, PUTTING ON THE FOIL. It made my day. Long live the
Lee Johnson, Pittsford, N.Y.
At the University
of Washington in the early '80s, my intramural softball team was called the
Mendozas. When Mario Mendoza (What's in a Name, July 2--9) visited the Kingdome
with the Rangers, we all went to the game, wearing our team shirts, and got
seats near the first base rail. During infield practice he came over to talk
with us, signed our shirts and posed for pictures, and after the game he signed
the brim of his game-day cap and gave it to us. While the " Mendoza
line"—and our team name—may have poked fun at Mario, his joie de vivre and
dedication to baseball makes him a winner. Thanks for rekindling the
Frank Trueba, Felton, Calif.
No. 1 Fans
Unhappy Returns, on the value of NBA and NHL teams getting the No. 1 pick
(PLAYERS, July 2--9), suggested that the picks don't help teams win titles. But
in the NBA, eight of the last nine champions have featured a first overall
pick—and one of those teams had two No. 1s. Also, six of the nine teams that
lost in the finals had a No. 1 pick as well.
Jeff Feinstein, Oakland, N.J.
In your list of
NHL top picks who didn't lift teams that chose them to a title, I would put an
asterisk next to Eric Lindros's name. Though he didn't lead the Nordiques—soon
to be Avalanche—to a Stanley Cup, the team traded him for a boatful of players
(including Peter Forsberg) that powered Colorado's Cup wins.
Ward Mallon, Ottawa
I grew up a
Phillies fan, and I was 12 when they blew the '64 pennant. Here's a story to
add to your history of the team's 10,000 losses (The Beautiful Losers, July
2--9). According to legend, there was a billboard in the city that proclaimed,
THE PHILLIES USE LIFEBUOY. Beneath it someone wrote, AND THEY STILL STINK!
Michael J. Hollander, Brookline, Mass.