I realize that it's a fringe sport, but Ultimate Frisbee belonged in your story on Sports Tribes (July 11-18). The community of players is nationwide, and if you should move from one major city to another (whether it's Boston, Los Angeles or Washington, D.C.), you are quickly accepted into your new family.
Mike Chandler -- Reading, Mass.
Stars of 1980
I enjoyed Michael Silver's article on Jim Plunkett (Where Are They Now? July 11-18). As a tight end with the New England Patriots in the early '70s I witnessed the weekly pummeling he took playing behind an offensive line that resembled a human sieve. In one game in 1972 against the Steelers, Plunk was sacked six times. Fortunately his career took a turn for the better after he signed with the Oakland Raiders in 1978. A class act, Jim certainly deserved his Super Bowl success and the MVP award he won in 1981.
Tom Beer, Pine Brook, N.J.
Your feature on Jim Plunkett reminded me of where I was 25 years ago: standing in line as a 10-year-old boy to get Jim's autograph a few weeks after the Raiders won the Super Bowl. He was signing a bunch of them at the grand opening of a shopping mall in suburban Chicago. Can you imagine stars today such as Tom Brady, Tim Duncan or Curt Schilling having to make postchampionship money by signing autographs and posing for photos at random shopping malls around the country?
Michael Costa, Chicago
Thank you for your piece on Evonne Goolagong-Cawley. What I, and millions of others, loved most about her--more than her talent, grace and backhand--was how she radiated joy. Evonne always seemed to love just being out on the court. Tennis, and all sports, could use more Goolagongs.
Mitch Kohn, West Hollywood, Calif.
Spencer Haywood says he wants to be remembered as one of the NBA's best players of all time, but he earned his place in history when he helped the 1968 U.S. Olympic basketball team win a gold medal. Haywood, from little-known Trinidad (Colo.) Junior College, led a group of no-name college kids to the top of the basketball world.