A gold medal for your outstanding special preview. The 1984 Olympics (July 18). Soviets or no Soviets, these Games should be dandy.
When SI's special preview. The 1984 Olympics, arrived on my desk, I couldn't believe it. More than 500 pages. Wow! My sympathy is extended to anyone who misses seeing this massive publication, which is so timely, so well done.
W. NICHOLAS KERBAWY
State of Michigan Sports
Hall of Fame
Thank you for the Olympic preview. Your staff outdid itself. The special issue made for fine reading and brought back fond memories of past Olympic medal winners. I'll save my copy for my grandchildren.
ROBERT T. EHMER
Frank Deford's article Talk About Strokes of Genius (July 16) was one of the best on an athletic event I've ever read. I especially enjoyed what he referred to as the "highlight film." It was fitting that Deford's creativity paralleled that of the two Wimbledon champions, who play the serve-and-volley game so creatively.
Your July 16 cover photograph of John McEnroe is one of the best ever taken of a tennis perfectionist in action. As a teacher of tennis, I plan to use this picture to illustrate many points that can't be adequately explained in conversation or with drawings. McEnroe's head is upright. His eyes are on the ball. His right hand is extended for balance. The racket is in front of his body, with the face open. His grip is firm. His toes are pointed downward, which shows he wasn't running flat-footed.
McEnroe may have had his disagreements with photographers, but Steve Powell's shot shows why Mac is a great champion.
Vero Beach, Fla.
As an avid fan and admirer of John McEnroe, I'm glad he revealed by his behavior at Wimbledon how classy he is. Despite the bad press he got leading up to and during the tournament, he showed us that he's a champion, a true pro and a pleasure to watch.
Move over. Fuzzy Zoeller and Greg Norman. Here comes John McEnroe for Sportsman of the Year.
Thank you for the fine article on America's Mr. Nice Guy, John McEnroe. But I like the old McEnroe better. His temper and questioning of the judges' calls made him unique, colorful and plain entertaining to watch. So the next time Mac shows outstanding sportsmanship, please don't put him on the cover of your magazine. It just might start something!
Bravo to Chris Evert Lloyd for making fools of the "experts" who had her checking into a retirement home. She showed them what she's made of—integrity, guts and, above all, class. Her baseline game is better than ever, and she's just as quick and as nimble as before.