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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
Edited by Gay Flood
October 08, 1984
FOOTBALL AND THE NAVAJO NATIONSir:I have long believed that SPORTS ILLUSTRATED regularly provides intelligent analysis of issues in and around sport. Even with that as background, I was pleasantly surprised by the mention in your Sept. 10 COLLEGE FOOTBALL column of the Northern Arizona University vs. New Mexico Highlands football game that took place on Navajo Nation lands. N. Brooks Clark wrote sensitively on issues of concern to the Navajo people. As he noted, the game itself was somewhat less than competitive, but that didn't deflate the good feeling the two schools generated among both Navajo and non-Navajo spectators.
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October 08, 1984

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Sir:
What's next, cow-chip tossing?
BART HOYE
Columbus, Ohio

MECHANICAL MARK
Sir:
Enclosed are photos of a 7�-foot tall mechanical Mark Gastineau. Through a series of ropes and pullies, I can move his torso, arms and head in all directions.

The NFL rule prohibiting the real Mark Gastineau from doing his sack dance (No! No! No! Gastineau, 1984 College & Pro Football Spectacular, Sept. 5) prompted me to create a dancing Mark. Now, when the real Mark sacks the quarterback, mechanical Mark can dance for him.
MICHAEL MILLER
Mount Kisco, N.Y.

CY YOUNG CANDIDATES
Sir:
Steve Wulf is right, there are at least four contenders for the National League Cy Young Award (They're Making a Strong Pitch, Sept. 24), but none stands out like Rick Sutcliffe. He has the highest winning percentage among starters with 10 or more victories (.769 for his combined 20-6 National and American League record, .941 for his National League record only); he's among the top 10 in strikeouts and tied for second in shutouts; he has a solid ERA; and he kept the Cubbies on top in the National League East.
JEFFREY J. LYNN
Davenport, Wash.

Sir:
I like Rick Sutcliffe—but I love Dwight Gooden. He's as awesome a fireballer as the National League has seen in some time, and he's only a rookie.

Sure, Sutcliffe's record is impressive. But as his 4-5 mark in Cleveland shows, you're only as good as the support your team gives you. Sutcliffe gets plenty of support in Chicago. Behind Gooden, the Mets have been inconsistent.
SPENCE ROSMAN
White Plains, N.Y.

Sir:
Rick Sutcliffe and Dwight Gooden deserve to share the Cy Young Award as National League co-winners.

Sutcliffe should be cited for having provided the Cubs with numerous clutch-pitching performances that propelled the team to a well-deserved divisional title. And Gooden should be recognized not only for his pitching feats but also for giving me and countless other baseball fans across the country the pleasure of seeing the game's most memorable rookie debut.
JOHN VALLES
Worthington, Ohio

Sir:
Your assessment of Detroit's Jack Morris ("There's still some support for Jack Morris of the Tigers, who has 17 wins, but he's had a poor second half) lends even more credibility to his candidacy for American League Cy Young honors. Here's a pitcher who struggled for the second half of the season and still racked up some of the best statistics in the game. A poor second half and 19 wins for the season—would any team turn that down?
KATIE WORKMAN
Pinckney, Mich.

FAR-FLUNG CUB FANS
Sir:
In your preseason scouting reports (Baseball 1984, April 2), Ron Fimrite's final comment on the chances of the Chicago Cubs winning their division this year was "Alas, this team passeth understanding." All I can say is: Amen, Ron! I've been a Cubs fan since I was eight. The last time the Cubs won the pennant I was minus-six. I was born in the States—I grew up in Chicago—and now that I live in Quebec, I consider myself Canada's most avid Cubs fan. Can you imagine the emotional high we Cubs fans have been on all summer? Who says God doesn't take sides? The dynasty hath begun!
ROGER SPIELMANN
Amos, Quebec

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