OUT OF THE CROWD
Your cover shot of NCAA champion Louisville's Darrell Griffith (March 31) was not only spectacular, but it also offered an interesting sidelight. In just a year Darren Daye, the UCLA freshman shown attempting to stop Griffith, has risen from FACES IN THE CROWD (March 12, 1979) to your cover.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
I am angered and deeply disappointed by Reggie Jackson's apparent endorsement of selective breeding of athletes (SCORECARD, April 7). Jackson should realize that genetic-selection programs of this sort traditionally have been aimed at eliminating or reducing the population of various ethnic and racial groups, including blacks. He should also be aware that his attitude contributes to the unfortunate public perception of professional athletes as only so much meat on the hoof.
LOSER OR VICTIM? (CONT.)
The aspirations and frustrations of would-be football star Glenn Fletcher were rather pathetic as detailed in your March 31 issue (Sitting, Waiting and Hoping). However, the statement that Fletcher, who has used up his NCAA eligibility, "longs for one more year of college football at an NAIA school..." no doubt raised questions in some readers' minds regarding the NAIA's eligibility rules.
Only student-athletes in good academic standing are eligible for regular-season and postseason competition in the NAIA. Good academic standing includes: satisfying the requirement of at least one semester of residency; full-time student (enrolled for 12 credits); evidence of normal academic progress (successful completion of 24 credits during the two preceding terms); and the completion of four seasons of eligibility in no more than 10 semesters of attendance at any institution.
Assistant Executive Director
Kansas City, Mo.
I have attended two high schools and a junior college and now attend a university where I am enrolled on a full football scholarship. Take it from me, you've got to get that education, because pro football is a dream game in which only a few make it.
THE MOSCOW GAMES (CONT.)
In regard to your fine coverage of the U.S. Olympic boycott, I have one question: In a country founded on freedom, does a President, who is ostensibly a staunch supporter of human rights, have the right to deny athletes the right to pursue a lifelong dream?
ROSS C. BROWNSON
Grand Junction, Colo.
Only about 23% of the people living in the U.S. have personal recollections of the 1936 Berlin Games, in which athletes performed before a backdrop of swastikas, iron crosses and vast displays of military might. To see how young Americans were used for Nazi propaganda one had only to attend movie theaters where Paramount and Fox Movietone newsreels were weekly features.
The idea of unwary young Americans eagerly lending themselves to the production of television "commercials" filmed before similar trappings in Moscow is unthinkable to those of us who remember the films of the Berlin Games. It's not the way we want it, but history repeats itself because of the ignorance of those who haven't lived it.
ALBERT G. WILLING JR.
?See page 30.—ED.
SAD STORY (CONT.)
I was deeply touched by Robert H. Boyle's poignant story depicting the life and death of Willie Classen (No Man Was His Keeper, March 24). It is the best piece of sportswriting I have seen in a while. Perhaps Boyle can start on a movie script. It is important to remember Classen and the archaic system that sent him to a tragic death.
Old Bridge, N.J.