CARRYING THE TORCH
My compliments on Kathy Blumenstock's well-written article on Jim Craig's debut in the NHL (The Flame Is Still Burning Brightly, March 10). I am a season-ticket holder and was glad to see the first Omni sellout of the season. Thanks to Jim, Atlanta hockey fans are coming back to watch this exciting sport. Any other city wanting the Flames can now forget it!
Hockey on the cover of SI two weeks in a row! That's been a long time coming. Thanks for recognizing the best sport in the world. I hope the pros will learn from the U.S. Olympic team and that in the future they will make SI proud to put them on the cover more than a few times a year.
Burnaby, British Columbia
Move over, Bucky Dent. Now it's Jim Craig who's capturing the hearts of young American girls.
East Syracuse, N.Y.
Jim Craig is the Flame of our hearts!
MAURA HALL, 5TH FLOOR
Seton Hill College
Did Jim Craig ever find his father?
?Jim's father, Don Craig, says that he had swapped seats with two of his sons, Kevin and Dan, for the final game in order to sit closer to the goal, so Jim never did spot him. However, he saw Jim in the locker room right after the game.—ED.
As a state trooper, I find it difficult to believe that Jim Craig "didn't even like state troopers before." It's possible he didn't know any.
The Massachusetts State Police have an excellent reputation and are regarded as one of the finest state police agencies in the country. I hope his opinion has changed since the parade in North Easton when the three troopers provided him security along the route.
SERGEANT CHARLES D. GROSS
Michigan State Police
NOT GREEK TO ATHENS
In the article The Golden Goal (March 3) on the U.S. hockey team, you mentioned that the fans at a high school basketball game here in Athens, Ohio cheered when the U.S.-Soviet score was announced. That's right, we did! But you also suggested that many of us may never have seen a hockey game.
Just for the record, Athens is the home of the Midwest College Hockey League champions for the second consecutive year. The Ohio University Bobcats, coached by John Menzies, defeated the University of Toledo, Dayton and Dennison in a tournament here on Feb. 29, March 1 and 2. So we have indeed been exposed to good college hockey!
CAROL ANN D'ANDREA