THE ICE FOLLIES
I was a witness to the Feb. 26 Boston-Minnesota brawl, and your SCORECARD article (March 9) was to the point. The record-setting 406 penalty minutes is just one more thing Boston cannot be proud of. Coach Gerry Cheevers said that "fighting is all part of the game!" When a professional coach endorses violence in his own sport, something is seriously wrong. If that wasn't bad enough, Minnesota Coach Glen Sonmor told Cheevers to "bring a basket to take his head home in." Now boys, this is not rugby or a roller derby, this is pro hockey. NHL President John Ziegler had better do something about it.
North Attleboro, Mass.
I have to disagree with many of SI's ideas. Yes, bench-clearing brawls should be controlled, but the fighting will never stop. I agree totally with John Ziegler that fighting is an '"outlet for frustration."
Oak Park, Ill.
There is only one thing worse than somebody stepping on our cowboy boots, and that is someone putting down the most exciting element of hockey—fighting. What is your problem? Most people wouldn't go to a hockey game if it wasn't for fighting, including us. We want the fighting to stay. As for you, Mr. Editor, you can take your clean hockey and go to the ballet—and stay there.
No doubt many Philadelphia Flyer fans will take pen in hand to defend their team against the March 9 SCORECARD item. I will not.
Hockey is a game played in a civilized society. If it cannot conform to society's rules, it should fold up shop. If John Ziegler thinks fighting is a natural reaction to frustration, then we should distribute boxing gloves to all drivers on the nation's highways. We should also allow fighting on the nation's golf courses and certainly at the supermarket check-out line.
If we extend this ridiculous practice to other sports, we may one day see a scouting report of GOOD FIELD, NO HIT—GLASS JAW.
( Philadelphia native)
Oklahoma City University
Your article on the return of Magic Johnson (And Now for My Reappearing Act, March 9) was a classic. Thank you for such an informative article on one of the greatest players in basketball.
Canyon Country, Calif.
Magic Johnson's success has nothing to do with being in the right place at the right time. There are no wrong places, times or teams for Magic. His talent is so immense it allows him to plug any gap. Who else would have chosen to sit in Kareem's regular airplane seat last year when the team flew to Philadelphia for the final game?
We are conditioned to expect that genius must come soberly wrapped in quiet seriousness. I submit it can also arrive in a smiling, oversized package exploding with joy.
BARBARA L. PATON
Grand Rapids, Mich.
While looking at Mountain of the Mists (March 2), all of a sudden I realized that I knew these natives. I had grown up with them. My parents are missionaries in Irian Jaya, and I was born there. Sam Moses did a fine job of describing the natives. They are what make Irian Jaya such a great place to live in. Congratulations on a splendid article.
Toccoa Falls, Ga.