Your report on the steroid explosion changed the mind of at least one high school student. I'm now against using steroids.
If several NFL players admit steroid use, and apparently many more keep it secret, why doesn't Pete Rozelle do something about it? Come on, Pete, get on the ball!
I once saw a high school junior named Earvin Johnson (Magic Faces The Music, May 13) outscore an entire team! He had 54 points in a 73-47 Lansing Everett win over Lansing Sexton. Anyone who thinks Johnson can't shoot has severe mental problems. As to charges he "blew" the championship last year, how many shots did Kareem miss? Didn't James Worthy throw the ball away in the opening minutes? Didn't any other Lakers miss free throws? To look at the closing minutes of any team contest and say a particular individual lost it is unfair.
Thank you for teaching me a lesson. I, too, blamed the Magic Man for last year's playoff loss to Boston, but now I can sympathize with Johnson the man. The Lakers lost that series as a team, not just because of Magic. If there is true justice, the Lakers and the Celts will meet again in this year's finals, and Magic will have his chance to dance.
Guys who play just to "have fun" lose it in the seventh game. Team play is hard work, and life is not all fun. The Celtics have fun after they've won the title. Magic needs to do some more thinking.
Magic can keep on tap-tap-tapping outside that championship door, but, sorry, he can't come in. The Celtics in five over the Lakers.
SCOTT C. DAY
Three Rivers, Mass.
KEEP THE DH
Howie (Dump the DH) Newman cannot hide from the effect of Oakland DH Dave Kingman, shown in full swing in the same INSIDE PITCH (May 13). Other American League teams can bring their pitchers back to the batter's box if they wish; we A's fans prefer to enjoy Kong's towering home runs.
MICHAEL P. ERNST
If Howie Newman is the traditionalist he appears to be with his DUMP THE DH stickers and Boston Braves shirt, why does he have an aluminum bat?
I was flattered to see our Fan Appreciation Night promotion mentioned in SCORECARD (April 29). While I enjoy Ken Fogarty's great sense of humor as much as anyone, I would like to point out to your readers that the Minnesota Strikers defeated the Wichita Wings 7-2 on Fan Appreciation Night before our largest crowd of the season, 7,987.
As of this writing, we have drawn more than 7,000 fans on two other occasions this year, including a game on April 28, which was a 3-2 quarterfinal playoff victory over the Las Vegas Americans.