Thanks to Frank Deford for exposing Rocky III for what it is (MOVIES, June 7). I loved Rocky and Rocky II, but Sylvester Stallone should have stopped at two. The original Rocky, a sweet little tale of a guy's struggle for love and recognition, has degenerated into a campy what-idiotic-situation-can-we-put-our-hero-in-next mentality in Rocky III. Poor Rocky has been milked enough.
I hope there's no Rocky IV. I couldn't last another round!
The review of Rocky III was the biggest bunch of junk I've read in a long time. Was it supposed to be funny? What is so wrong with making movie after movie on the same subject when that subject touches everybody the way Rocky Balboa does? What's wrong with pulling for a street kid who worked to make good? Isn't that what life is all about?
If we eventually do make it to Rocky XXXVIII I'll be right there in the front row screaming and clapping, and I'll go home feeling wonderful!
What's wrong with a little escapism once in a while? The world is in a tragic state, so let's hold on to our heroes, real or fictional.
DENNIS S. JARABAK
Frank Deford's review made me want to start doing my math homework! Get serious, please. Deford is an excellent sportswriter, but a movie critic? I don't think so. He was all wrong about one of the finest movies I've ever seen.
How can Frank Deford say so many bad things about Rocky III? I'd like to see Deford get whaled by Mr. T.
DANIEL C. SULASKI
Hats off to Steve Wulf for a fine article on the "new" Mets (The Mets Try To Steal New York, June 7). It has been a long while since we Mets fans had reasonable hope for a winning season, but with the boys from Queens just a stone's throw away from first place and the Yanks about 10 games out, maybe other New York sports fans will sit up and take notice.
As difficult as it is for me to be a Mets fan here in Boston, I nonetheless feel close to this team because of its dedication to hard work and having fun. Maybe George Bamberger and his crew won't have to wait until 1984 to bring two million New Yorkers into Shea Stadium!
Come on, don't tell me SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is getting caught up in the Mets, too. I've been hearing it from Mets fans for two months, and now I have to see it in your magazine. Don't get me wrong, the comparisons with the Yankees and the excitement over the Mets' beating the Yanks, along with the chants of "The magic is back," don't bother me. I just laugh and say wait till the end of the season, when it really counts. The Yankees were, are and always will be the Kings of New York
Roselle Park, N.J.