DIVISION III FOOTBALL
Thanks for the great story about the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, the Division III football championship (More Than a Win, Dec. 17). As a graduate of a small liberal arts Division III college, I can appreciate the sentiments of Daniel Sullivan, president of Allegheny College, quoted in the story. In this day of scandals at Division I institutions like UNLV, Oklahoma and Texas A&M, it is refreshing to see coverage of schools that boast of scholarship first and athletics second.
CHARLES E. AGEE III
The quote attributed to Sullivan is typical of the holier-than-thou attitude assumed by many small-school officials in defense of their well-meaning but lackluster athletic programs.
GARY W. McKILLIPS
Joe Montana's selection as Sportsman of the Year is perfect (An American Dream, Dec. 24). It is refreshing to have a hero who sets a good example, not just for other athletes but for everyone.
Bowling Green, Ky.
It is nice to be reminded that there are people in the public eye who are worthy of being the dreams of the future for the youngsters of today.
If Montana is your Sportsman of the Year—as well he should be—then I nominate Leigh Montville as your Writer of the Year.
Thetford Center, Vt.
Montville's article captures Montana's importance to kids as well as to football.
BOB LELINGIS JR.
Perhaps we should take a closer look at the criteria for Sportsman of the Year. Granted, Montana has had one of the best careers of any quarterback ever, but the greatest sportsman of 1990? He has averaged one interception per game this season, and were it not for Jerry Rice and John Taylor, his statistics would be average—if that.
You made a good choice, but I can do you one better—Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers (below). Forty-three years old, 302 wins, 5,308 strikeouts, his sixth no-hitter—against the mighty A's—pushed for public office in his home state of Texas, fantastic role model. It would have been a proper gesture of respect for a man who has meant so much to his sport, his family and his community.
Surely there are better choices than Montana, such as the 14-year-old tennis sensation, Jennifer Capriati.
Michael Jordan's not your choice?