CON WHO WOULD BE PRO
Franz Lidz's story (This Is the Game of the Name, Sept. 19) on Arthur Lee Trotter, the man who would be Marv Fleming et al., was a real piece of work. One question, though. Does the imprisoned impostor, Trotter, really look that much like Fleming, Bill Russell and John Mackey, or are people just dumber than I think?
?Decide for yourself.—ED.
Finally, in Frank Deford's article on Martina the Magnificent's victory in the U.S. Open (She Put Herself into High Gear and Headed North, Sept. 19), we have a sports-writer acknowledging what fans have known all along—that Team Navratilova is no bigger than any other "team." It's just that Martina is so much better than everyone else, it only seems as though there's more than one player on her side of the net.
The Open is won. Now I hope everyone will just sit back, relax, enjoy Martina's play and stop carping.
New York City
I was really annoyed when you failed to put Martina Navratilova on your cover after her amazing performance at Wimbledon in July, but now I understand. You were reserving the honor for her long-awaited U.S. Open title. This was indeed a much more appropriate time, and it was well worth the wait. Bravo, Martina!
The last woman to be honored as your Sportswoman of the Year was Chris Evert Lloyd (1976); it seems only right that Martina be the next.
If Martina Navratilova makes a habit of flipping the bird, as Frank Deford put it, to hecklers, she'll always remain far behind Chris Evert Lloyd in one category: class.
GLENN T. MAJEWSKI
During the Open, Chris Evert Lloyd claimed that Martina has had only two great years. By my count it's at least four. Come on, Chris. Your place in tennis history is secure. You don't have to try to diminish someone else to make yourself look better.
Being a Jimmy Connors fan, I find sweet irony in the fact that Frank Deford was assigned to cover the '82 Wimbledon and the '83 U.S. Open tennis tournaments, both of which Connors won. It was Deford, after all, who prematurely proclaimed the end of Connors' career by referring to him in his article on the '81 Open as "the late, great Jimmy Connors" (Another Big Mac Attack, Sept. 21, 1981). Seems like Deford, along with a few other people, gave up on Jimbo a couple of years too soon.
I enjoyed Frank Deford's article on the '83 Open. I happen to be one of those "obsolete" fans who love watching an athlete give it everything he's got on every point, no matter what the score. Tennis will lose one of its most exciting and tenacious competitors when Jimmy Connors retires.