I greatly resent the fact that you printed junk about Big East players being thugs. Georgetown's games might have been rumbles, judging by the fouls the Hoyas committed and the fights they provoked. But with the exception of Georgetown, the Big East is one of the cleanest conferences.
PAUL CRISTOFANI JR.
We were pleased with our 14-10 record last season and happy about winning the first Commonwealth Coast Conference championship. But, thanks to the article How Do You Like Your Hoops? we are really charged up for '85-86, especially since Curry Kirkpatrick thinks LSU will have trouble getting by us to make the NCAA Division I Final Four!
CAPT. W.E. SMITH, USCG (RET.)
Sports Information Director
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
New London, Conn.
BEAUTY IN MOTION
Your special basketball issue was well done, especially Curry Kirkpatrick's story on Cheryl Miller (Lights! Camera! Cheryl!). USC's Heritage Hall contains cups, Heisman Trophy replicas (those of Mike Garrett, O.J. Simpson, Charles White and Marcus Allen), busts in bronze of Howard Jones, Dean Cromwell and, the Noblest Trojan of Them All, Morley Drury. I wonder what they'll do to memorialize C.M. someday. It will take all the flair of USC's cinema and fine-arts people to dream up something appropriate.
It was also good to see USC's men's team in the Top 40 (No. 35).
With all due respect for Cheryl Miller, this is one fan's vote for Nancy Lieberman. She lit the torch that Miller is so wonderfully carrying. It was Lieberman who made the fans and press take notice of the fact that women's basketball could be exciting and talent-laden and not some silly sideshow to the men's game.
Beverly Hills, Calif.
Thanks for your cover story on the highflying Bears (Black And Blue Day In Big D, Nov. 25). William Perry, Walter Payton and the ferocious Bear defense are bringing a new excitement to the game that George Halas, founder of the Bears and co-founder of the NFL, would have been proud of. For a longtime Bear fan, this is truly an early Christmas present!
Please cap off a series of excellent articles on the Bears by doing what you have yet to do: Make Walter Payton Sportsman of the Year. He has deserved it for the past 10 years!
Not since the stunning upset of the Soviets by the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team has a team come together against such seemingly impossible odds and prevailed. Your choice for Sportsmen of the Year is easy: the world champion Kansas City Royals.
JOHN B. BALOD
Bret Superhagen—oops, Saberhagen.