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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
Edited by Gay Flood
August 23, 1982
USF AND QUINTIN DAILEY Sir:What a banner year for SI! Your coverage of the seasonal sports has been fantastic, most notably this baseball season, and then there have been your blockbuster special reports—on Don Reese and cocaine in the NFL ("I'm Not Worth a Damn," June 14) and on the University of San Francisco and Quintin Dailey (Bringing Down the Curtain, Aug. 9)—your two best sports journalism pieces in recent memory. Please continue the high quality and fine writing you have brought us this year. It's nice to read the inside story, even if it hurts a little.MATTHEW FASANGTroy, Mich.
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August 23, 1982

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Sir:
I am an objective yet dedicated Dallas Cowboy fan. I also have a great deal of respect for the Atlanta Braves, but you do not become America's Team—I or II—without winning year in and year out. The Braves just lost 11 straight games! When was the last time the Cowboys did that?
CARL NAVE
Roanoke, Va.

Sir:
You must be kidding! The Atlanta Braves as America's Team? I believe you owe the Dallas Cowboys an engraved apology.
WARREN BERRY
Seminole, Okla.

Sir:
Everyone knows the Los Angeles Dodgers are America's Team.
JEROME H. WEYMOUTH
Downey, Calif.

GLASSIC WARFARE
Sir:
Your article (He Blocked for Napoleon, Aug. 9) on Denver Guard Tom Glassic was terrific. I am one of the thousands of Napoleonic enthusiasts across the country, and it's nice to know that professional athletes are included in our ranks. I hope that all of the "weekend generals" across the country derive as much pleasure from their miniature war games as Glassic seems to. As I assume my role of Lieut. General Edler von Lecoq, commander of the two Saxon divisions of the French VII Corps in 1812, I send to Tom a hearty Vive l'Empereur!"
SCOTT SILVERS
Kansas City, Mo.

Sir:
Occasionally I thumb through my husband's copy of SI looking for well-written articles that will appeal to my non-athletic interests. I was delighted when I found He Blocked for Napoleon. Bob Ottum did a superb job of describing Tom Glassic, a truly one-of-a-kind person. When the Broncos are next on television, even I will perk up to watch mind and brawn work together.
JANET H. GOING
Lewisville, N.C.

Sir:
Rape is never a laughing matter. The boorish, sadistic reference by Tom Glassic to a mock attack on a convent by "General Peter Rapenunovich" not only lacks humor but also is insulting, if not blasphemous. And the fact that it appeared in the same issue as the detailed description of the horrendous, traumatic assault by Quintin Dailey dramatizes the un-funniness of such a crime. Let's not desensitize a single reader about its seriousness.
THE REV. HERB WELLMEIER
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Savannah

DODO
Sir:
Thanks for your article on Dodo Cheney (A Dodo in Name Only, Aug. 9). I couldn't help but smile and remember fondly the hundreds of Saturdays I spent playing tennis as a member of the Santa Monica (Calif.) Teen Tennis Association. I'm glad to read that Dodo is still a vibrant part of the game.
MARTHA A-H FOX
Lexington, Va.

Sir:
I grew up in La Jolla, Calif. and vividly recall Dodo Cheney's domination of the tennis championships there. She was, and always will be, one of the classiest individuals to grace the sport. Those who have been lucky enough to see her play and those fortunate enough to be honored by her acquaintance will never forget her. Thanks to Jill Lieber for a fine profile of a very special lady.
JOHN HERNANDEZ
La Palma, Calif.

SYNCING
Sir:
I was thrilled to read the article That Syncing Feeling (Aug. 2) by Demmie Stathoplos on synchronized swimming. The sport has come a long way since 1967, when I was Michigan's AAU individual winner representing the Lansing Sea Sprites. I can only dream of what it would have been like to travel outside the U.S. for meets, get a full athletic scholarship to college, appear in SI and, ultimately, go to the Olympic Games. I'll be cheering for the U.S. duo—probably Candy Costie and Tracie Ruiz—in the '84 Games and for synchronized swimming itself. I feel the solo and team events should be included in the Olympics, too.
PAMELA M. MILLER
East Lansing, Mich.

Sir:
I found the opening photo of Tracie Ruiz and Candy Costie offensive. There are so many more attractive phases of this beautiful water ballet, even in the inverted positions.

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