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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
January 07, 1985
BETTER LATE... Sir:I finally finished your extensive special Olympic preview issue (July 18). Good job.RICHARD ALEC KIRCHNERGainesville, Fla.
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January 07, 1985

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Boston College

38

Alabama

6

Penn St

15

Rutgers

19

Syracuse

17

Nebraska

62

Kansas St

24

Kansas

28

Oklahoma

42

Pittsburgh

21

Tulane

35

Southern Miss

13

Alabama

31

Penn St

0

Rutgers

12

Syracuse

0

Nebraska

9

Kansas St

14

Kansas

7

Oklahoma

11

Pittsburgh

10

Tulane

10

Southern Miss

7

Mississippi

10

Mississippi

22

Memphis St

17

Florida St

38

Miami

20

Auburn

60

Cincinnati

40

Louisville

30

Houston

29

Texas

13

SMU

38

UNLV

30

San Jose St

33

California

19

Arizona St

28

Stanford

34

Illinois

34

Purdue

23

Notre Dame

30

LSU

21

Florida

43

Tennessee

24

Army

24

Air Force

52

Memphis St

6

Florida St

17

Miami

3

Auburn

18

Cincinnati

0

Louisville

21

Houston

28

Texas

15

SMU

7

UNLV

21

San Jose St

15

California

18

Arizona St

14

Stanford

10

Illinois

19

Purdue

20

Notre Dame

21

LSU

22

Florida

21

Tennessee

30

Army

24

Air Force

12

Colorado St

10

Colorado St

59

UTEP

35

Wyoming

59

New Mexico

29

Texas Tech

30

Texas A&M

35

TCU

32

Arkansas

33

Navy

38

So Carolina

17

Georgia

62

Vanderbilt

23

Maryland

41

Clemson

55

Virginia

26

Virginia Tech

38

Wm & Mary

23

Delaware

34

Temple

19

West Va

21

UTEP

31

Wyoming

22

New Mexico

21

Texas Tech

24

Texas A&M

12

TCU

21

Arkansas

31

Navy

10

So Carolina

21

Georgia

10

Vanderbilt

35

Maryland

14

Clemson

23

Virginia

0

Virginia Tech

23

Wm & Mary

14

Delaware

21

Temple

19

West Va

17

Boston College

20

BETTER LATE...
Sir:
I finally finished your extensive special Olympic preview issue (July 18). Good job.
RICHARD ALEC KIRCHNER
Gainesville, Fla.

SPORTSMAN, SPORTSWOMAN
Sir:
The SI Sportswoman of the Year (Dec. 24-31) was a good choice, but the selection of Edwin Moses as the Sportsman was not. Moses is great at what he does, but he achieved his victories over a period of years, and there are men who outperformed him in 1984. The Rams' Eric Dickerson should have gotten the award. He broke a record that had stood for 11 years, and he's only the second NFL player to have rushed 2,000 yards in a single season. I was a running back in high school, and I know how hard each yard comes.
PATRICK MINGARELLI
Buffalo

Sir:
If there is any dispute about Edwin Moses's selection as Sportsman of the Year, just check the man's record. In the past seven years there hasn't been a more successful athlete worldwide. Year after year Moses is put to the test, and he never loses. Wayne Gretzky can't say that. Neither can Larry Bird, nor even Carl Lewis.
VINCENT DALEY
Chicago

Sir:
I agree with your selection of Edwin Moses as Sportsman of the Year. However, Walter Payton should have shared the honor because of the valiant effort he displayed during the 1984 season when he broke Jim Brown's longstanding NFL career rushing record. I do not mean to take anything away from Mary Lou Retton's accomplishments in the Summer Games. She unquestionably is an amazing and talented athlete. Walter Payton, however, is more deserving of the award.
JONATHAN NIEMEYER
Brentwood, Tenn.

Sir:
You guys blew it! Oh, sure, I was excited about the Olympics, too! Mary Lou Retton and Edwin Moses (or, for that matter, Greg Louganis, Carl Lewis and many other fine U.S. athletes) are excellent choices, but the choice should have been the woman who has dominated her sport for three straight years and won practically every match she entered. Yes, gentlemen, Retton and Moses are good, but Martina Navratilova is truly incredible. She should have been the Sportswoman of the Year.
JEFFREY L. YORK
Chicago

Sir:
They are deserving champions in a year that also featured Carl Lewis winning four Olympic gold medals, Doug Flutie's amazing exploits on the football field and Martina Navratilova's impressive dominance of women's tennis.

There is, however, a wondrous athlete your selectors overlooked, whose exploits in 1984 are unique in the annals of sport: John Henry, at the age of nine, winning the Arlington Million and several other major stakes races. And he won his races in most convincing fashion, putting on powerful stretch drives to defeat proud, tough horses many years his junior. For Moses and Retton to equal John Henry's performance in 1984, they would have to win Olympic gold medals again sometime around the turn of the century.
GEORGE MOSS
El Cerrito, Calif.

MA$$$$COT$
Sir:
After reading the item on the new four-year, $230,000 contract of the Phoenix Suns' mascot (SCORECARD, Dec. 24-31), I wonder if we won't see a giant increase in the number of college underclassmen who apply for the NBA's hardship draft for mascots.
DOUG GOLLAN
South Salem, N.Y.

NAME CZECH
Sir:
I suggest that Frank Deford check his Slavic language usage (Done In Down Under, Dec. 17). Only the a is added to change the masculine name to feminine. For example, Sukov/Sukova; Navratilov/Navratilova; Mandlikov/Mandlikova.
ROBERT P. HILTON SR.
Alexandria, Va.

•The "ova" is the common Czech suffix denoting female gender: Helena Sukova's father is Cyril Suk.—ED.

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