HE HAS IT DOWN COLD
What great prognosticators you people are! Accompanying your story about William (The Refrigerator) Perry (Monster Of The Midway, Nov. 4) was a caption that asked, "When Perry tires of tackling and bulling for TDs, will he become a receiver or even a quarterback?" The Sunday after that issue hit the stands, Perry caught a TD pass against Green Bay. Next time we'll look for him on the halfback pass.
"A wasted draft choice and a waste of money"? 'Fraid not, Buddy Ryan. I'd say Perry is more like the piece in a Super Bowl-season puzzle the Bears have been looking for.
MIKE RAKOUSKAS JR.
I'll believe The Refrigerator is for real after he trots over to the sidelines to join the Honey Bears for a few of their plays.
Congratulations to E.M. Swift for capturing the "spirit" of Bret Saberhagen (Attaboy, Bret, Nov. 11). As coach of the 1982 Los Angeles City 3A champion Cleveland High basketball team on which Bret was a starting guard, I can attest to his tremendous poise and genuine concern for teammates, family and friends. It is no accident that Bret has achieved success so early in his career; he is a winner in every sense of the word.
Incidentally, I noticed from the many beautiful photographs that my former cage pupil is still sporting his "basketball mustache"—five (hairs) on a side.
Assistant Basketball Coach
College of the Canyons
Any father who is a baseball fan and who has also witnessed the birth of his own child would find the article about Saberhagen and his family most heartwarming. Drew Saberhagen is lucky to have such parents.
TOM GILLASPIE, D.V.M.
Fort Myers, Fla.
TOO BIG A ROUT?
As a longtime high school coach, I was appalled by your Nov. 4 FACES IN THE CROWD selections. Two of the six honorees were athletes who had been allowed and/or encouraged to score a ridiculous number of points or goals in what were obviously complete mismatches.
There is no excuse for any coach to allow his team to defeat an opponent 20-0 in a soccer match, let alone leave a player in to score 10 goals. To add insult to injury, you featured a football player who scored 10 touchdowns in his team's 92-6 win. Everyone likes to win, but running up the score and humiliating an opponent is unsportsmanlike and unprofessional. SI should know better than to make heroes of those who engage in such a practice.
JOSEPH L. COOLIDGE
In your NBA preview (The Year Of Ewing, Oct. 28), Micheal Ray Richardson of the New Jersey Nets is pictured on page 50 wearing my favorite style of basketball shoe, Converse's canvas Chuck Taylors. I wear them because they are inexpensive. What's Richardson's reason?
DAVID J. BLAHNIK
Patrick Ewing isn't the only player to conjure up memories of Bill Russell. You have to love Micheal Ray Richardson's canvas high-Cons!
THOMAS F. DOYLE