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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
Edited by Gay Flood
May 13, 1985
MAT MANIASir:As a die-hard Flyers fan, I congratulate you on your fine April 29 coverage of the Stanley Cup playoffs (Housebreaker On The Loose). However, I confess that, upon seeing that magnificent cover, I first turned to the pro wrestling piece (Who's Kidding Whom?). This scares me. I think I have Hulkamania!DANIEL S. HUTCHINSON Brookhaven, Pa.
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May 13, 1985

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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MAT MANIA
Sir:
As a die-hard Flyers fan, I congratulate you on your fine April 29 coverage of the Stanley Cup playoffs (Housebreaker On The Loose). However, I confess that, upon seeing that magnificent cover, I first turned to the pro wrestling piece (Who's Kidding Whom?). This scares me. I think I have Hulkamania!
DANIEL S. HUTCHINSON
Brookhaven, Pa.

Sir:
Way to go, SI. It's about time you had a real athlete—Hulk Hogan—on the cover of your magazine.
STEVE HOLDER
Green Bay

Sir:
Thank you for opening the door and shining a light on pro wrestling. With low ticket prices, no overtimes, no off-season, no trades, no contract disputes, no draft picks, no television interruptions in the middle of the action and, best of all, no strikes—and with some of the best athletes in the world—pro wrestling is true sports entertainment!
JEFFREY A. TABER
Fairhaven, Mass.

Sir:
Bruce Newman is one of the few writers ever to treat pro wrestling fairly. It is a spectacle, but it's fun. One can go to a baseball or football game and be bored to death for three hours. In wrestling one is guaranteed excitement. The various personalities in the "sport" make it like a soap opera: good vs. evil. Thanks for not mocking it, but presenting it for what it is, a great show.
PATRICK L. BIVONA, D.D.S.
Northfield, N.J.

Sir:
America's fascination with professional wrestling only serves to prove H.L. Mencken's adage: "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public." Pro wrestling cannot be considered a sport. The competition is not real, and the outcome is almost always fixed, as your sidebar, "What You See Is Not Always What They Get," by N. Brooks Clark, pointed out. Moreover, pro wrestling cannot survive on its own merits. It is dependent upon gimmicks and deception.

I buy SI to read about sports, not about the sorry spectacle of pro wrestling.
CONOR KEANE BOHAN
Newport, R.I.

Sir:
The half-naked girls were great, the April Fools' joke was hilarious, but pro wrestlers in a sports magazine? Cancel my subscription!
PETER NIES
Lubbock, Texas

Sir:
How can Hulk Hogan be on the cover of the same magazine that has celebrated the likes of Larry Bird, Marvin Hagler, Wayne Gretzky et al.? I want to read about athletes, not actors.
KIM MATARAZZO
East McKeesport, Pa.

Sir:
If the "first 10 rows of a wrestling crowd has 14 teeth and an 1Q of 50," as the wrestlers' joke goes, where does that put the editors of SI who decided to devote 18 pages and 21 pictures to this garbage called pro wrestling?
MIKE JEFFRIES
Head Wrestling Coach
Helias Interparish High School
Jefferson City, Mo.

Sir:
Eighteen pages? You should be Camel Clutched.
BRENT M. OTTAWAY
Lindenwold, N.J.

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