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?
You must be kidding! The Atlanta Braves as America's Team? I believe you owe the Dallas Cowboys an engraved apology.
Everyone knows the Los Angeles Dodgers are America's Team.
JEROME H. WEYMOUTH
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!"
Kansas City, Mo.
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
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
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
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.
La Palma, Calif.
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.
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.