I appreciated William Nack's article on Marvelous Marvin Hagler (What's in a Name? Oct. 18). Hagler has paid his dues and is most deserving of respect and recognition. Thank you for showing him as he really is—a classy, sensitive gentleman, a hard and determined worker and, most of all, a truly great fighter.
PETER S. ALEXIS
I have officiated at almost every major amateur boxing tournament since 1971 and I was one of the five judges for the Marvin Hagler-Jerry Dobbs AAU 165-pound championship in 1973. Dobbs, a Marine, was good, and Hagler did put him down as Goody Petronelli is quoted as saying in your article, but the final result was a 4-1 decision in Hagler's favor. I should know; I cast the lone score in Dobbs's favor!
Hagler was a very heavy hitter then and obviously still is, in addition to being a fine person. I felt then, and still believe, that the '73 AAU finalists were the best bunch of amateurs I've ever seen on one night.
The first time I saw Marvin Hagler was in 1976 at the Lincoln Park Ballroom in North Dartmouth, Mass. My husband, an avid fight fan, took me to the amateurs. Hagler was there and he posed for a picture my husband took. He was play-boxing with a youngster. All the children looked up to him then. I'm glad to see he hasn't changed. To us, Marvin has always been marvelous.
West Warwick, R.I.
AHMAD RASHAD'S VIEW
Once again SI has worked its magic. Frank Deford displayed innovation and creativity in the article Journal of a Plagued Year (Oct. 18) as told to him by Rahmad Rashad, er, Henri Richard, er, Ramada Rashad—oh heck, Bobby Moore!
Ahmad Rashad is a masterful observer of football and people. He expresses himself with the grace and finesse that are evident in his execution of a sideline, stutter-step, two-feet-inbounds, stop-the-clock pass reception.
According to Ahmad Rashad, all good receivers "scout" the fields. He states: "I knew that field [Metropolitan Stadium] better than my own house.... My favorite place at the Met was down around the six-yard line at the south end of the field. For baseball, the third-base coaching box was situated there...."
I suggest Ahmad revisit his favorite place and recheck his directions with Fran Tarkenton, because the third-base coaching box at the Met was located at the north end of the field. Another wrong-way run by a Viking player—shades of Jim Marshall. No wonder they don't have Ahmad bring in the plays.
New Hope, Minn.
•No wrong-way running for Rashad. It was SI that got things mixed up.—ED.
I enjoyed Ahmad Rashad's journal. However, I noticed that Harold Carmichael wasn't designated as "still active" on the Hall of Fame's list of leading lifetime receivers shown in a photograph on page 58 of the article. If that is true, No. 17 of the Eagles did a great imitation of him while catching a key pass in Philadelphia's last-minute game-winning touchdown drive against my beloved Cleveland Browns on Sept. 19.
JAMES D. HEFLINGER