As one who enjoys reading SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and following the Philadelphia Flyers, I wonder if I will ever be able to do both at the same time. Your long-held belief that Philly's "hitting game" is bad for hockey was evident again in Jack Falla's article Philly Goes Bump In The Night (March 18). As exciting as it is to watch a Wayne Gretzky or a Gilbert Perreault skate and shoot, it is equally exciting to watch either one of them get knocked on his short pants.
Brad Marsh exemplifies the Flyers, past and present. What he lacks in talent, he makes up for with desire. The Capitals' recent experience was a reminder of what the Russians learned one day at the Spectrum: The Flyers play hard, and they play to win.
I hope that when you write about the Flyers winning this year's Stanley Cup, you will give them the credit they deserve.
JOHN R. WORSTER
New York City
Enough is enough! Please inform your hockey staff that the Broad Street Bullies have been replaced by the likes of Peter Zezel, Derrick Smith and Murray Craven. The new Flyers are winning on speed and finesse.
No fan will say that the physical aspect of hockey is gone, but Philadelphia is not the only team in the NHL that will throw its weight around. What's wrong with a stiff body check anyway?
Why not bid farewell to the Bullies and enjoy this brash band of youngsters going for the Cup.
His comeback doesn't rank with Ben Hogan's, but it's certainly good to see Fuzzy Zoeller on top again (Fuzzy's Back, Good As New, March 18). I hope he wins the Grand Slam this year.
Instead of entitling your March 18 cover of new Baltimore Oriole Fred Lynn "Have Bat, Will Travel," you should have billed it "Have Bank Account, Want Money." So much for loyalty!
STEPHEN G. HAUK
How can we "Root, root, root for the home team" when, like Fred Lynn, so many of our major league heroes "Have Bat, Will Travel"?
A spin-off effect of high baseball salaries (Ball Park Figures? Better Believe It, March 4) may be a dramatic shortage of future Hall of Famers. How many superstars of the future, earning millions per year, will want to put in the necessary time to accumulate the proper credentials? With big bucks now going even to marginal players, we may see the last of the true superplayer.
ARMANDO J. RE