There the old man lay down and waited for the divine Dawn./But Achilleus slept in the inward corner of the strong-built shelter,/and a woman lay beside him, one he had taken from Lesbos,/Phorbas' daughter, Diomede of the fair colouring./In the other corner Patroklos went to bed; with him also/was a girl, Iphis the fair-girdled, whom brilliant Achilleus/gave him, when he took sheer Skyros, Enyeus' citadel."
Like some of the roommates in McCallum's story, Achilles and Patroklos were very different from one another. Achilles was the greatest of the Greek warriors. He was also a superb athlete; Homer often refers to him as "swift of foot." But like most superstars, he was also brash, arrogant and slightly spoiled. (I will resist the temptation to add that he turned out to be prone to heel injuries.) Patroklos was brave and competent as a soldier, but certainly no Achilles. He was, however, quiet, patient and intelligent. Although he and Achilles were different, they were loyal, devoted friends. Space does not permit me to tell more of their friendship, except to remark that Patroklos died wearing Achilles' armor.
CHRISTOPHER W. DOWNEY
We who saw Kelvin Bryant score 15 touchdowns in the first three games of his junior year here at North Carolina knew he was truly Special K (The Man Who Makes the Stars Shine, April 25). There is no telling what might have happened during his college career had he not been plagued with injuries. That problem seems to be behind him and we are delighted with his progress in the USFL.
Barry McDermott's article describes Bryant as a quiet man off the field, one not given to flashiness. However, one action he recently took off the field was golden and deserves notice. He gave the University of North Carolina a sizable gift to establish a general academic scholarship for undergraduates majoring in recreation administration. It was a classy thing to do.
H. DOUGLAS SESSOMS
Curriculum in Recreation Administration
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C.
WYOMING'S BROCK BROTHERS
We here in Laramie are mighty proud of the job Greg Brock is doing for the Dodgers, and, for the most part, Steve Wulf was complimentary of Brock in his story on Steve Garvey (It Was Too Good To Be True, April 25). However, Wulf's comparison of Garvey's ability to talk to the press with Brock's—" Brock is nice enough but his charisma quotient is low"—was ludicrous. Garvey has had a decade of training in talking to the press. Why bother comparing a veteran with a rookie? That goes for the rest of Brock's game, too. Given time, I'm sure Dodger fans will have plenty of room in their memories for both Garvey and Brock.
By the way, Brock, a former All-America baseball player at the University of Wyoming, has a younger brother, Eric, playing there now and tearing up the WAC. A smooth-fielding senior infielder and leadoff batter, Eric has been hitting better than .400, with an on-base percentage of more than .700, and leading the Cowboys in RBIs.
GARY L. CHAZEN
RELIEF TO START
In his article on Chicago White Sox pitchers (Arming for a New Season, April 18), Frank Deford asked if anyone had ever heard of a relief pitcher going so bad the manager dropped him into the starting rotation. That was exactly what happened to Allen Ripley of the Chicago Cubs in 1982. Ripley was being bombed regularly and had an ERA of more than 11 when Manager Lee Elia decided he would be more effective as a starter. He was, lowering his ERA to 4.26 by the end of the season.
GERALD E. RUZICKA