Our attendance this season compares very favorably with crowds that many other MISL teams drew in their first season of indoor soccer competition, even the teams that now regularly attract more than 10,000 a game. We are confident that our fans will continue to grow in number as more and more Twin Cities residents are exposed to this great sport.
IN DEFENSE OF P.E. INSTRUCTORS
When I read Douglas S. Looney's article "All I Want Is To Be Happy" (April 22), I couldn't help thinking that it was just another story about the downfall of college athletics. It seems to be happening everywhere. However, as I read the paragraphs describing John Williams's academic career at Tulane, I took offense, as I am sure all of my colleagues in the physical education profession did. Looney's reference to certain physical education courses as being "decidedly nonacademic" is an unfair generalization. One must understand that serious physical education majors are required to take courses designed to enhance their skills and prepare them to teach at various levels. These courses usually include classwork in areas of officiating, coaching and developing skills in different sports. They are not mere play periods.
One of the biggest problems we as physical educators face every day is lack of respect in the academic community and in the general public. Looney's article did nothing to help us. We are not mindless ball-bouncers. We are the ones charged with teaching your children intricate physical skills and good health and fitness habits. And judging by the fitness level of the average student, as reported in SI (Hold On There, America, Feb. 7, 1983), he is not getting that instruction at home.
WAYNE H. QUINLAN, M.S.
Steve Wulf's article on the return of Billy Martin to the Yankees (Oh No, Not Again, May 6) held a special interest for us, because we're long-time Tiger fans. We were intrigued by the picture of Martin as manager of the Tigers. We had no trouble identifying Billy; however, the players on the bench were difficult to name. After probing our memories, we have come to the conclusion that the Tigers pictured are, left to right, Tony Taylor, Chuck Seelbach and Fred Scherman. Please confirm or correct our identification.
STEVE LATHROP, CHRIS NUGENT, ANDY TANNENBAUM
East Lansing, Mich.
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