To brush aside such an effort that has so many other variables and not give Glenn Allison his place in bowling history is intolerable. If lane dressing is so important, why not have sanctionable record-breaking scores categorized according to lane-dressing data? Heck, Roger Maris' 61 home-run record is asterisked to show it was set in a 162-game season. Let's find a way to recognize Allison's achievement so that posterity may know.
Downers Grove, Ill.
If Jimmy Connors isn't Sportsman of the Year, then I don't know who is. Nobody ever expected him, at age 30, to win the big titles again, but he changed his serve and came back to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and regain the No. 1 ranking, which he hadn't held since 1978. Also, Connors is now a "good guy." He should be the runaway choice.
Alberto Salazar. Never has a runner been as successful as Salazar in such a short period of time. In 1982 Salazar established himself as the premier marathoner in the world by winning the Boston Marathon, the New York City Marathon—for the third year in a row—and other road races. Add to all that his world marathon record time of 2:08:13 set in '81, and there is no doubt that amazing Alberto is the Sportsman of the Year.
With Mary Decker Tabb shattering world and American records in track and field events ranging from 800 meters to the 10,000, and Martina Navratilova winning two major tennis titles and 64 of 65 matches, including 41 straight leading up to the U.S. Open, how can anyone else be close? The choice for Sportswoman of the Year has to be either Tabb or Navratilova—or both!
DAVID W. WEST
KEVIN S. DREWES
Joe Montana, 1982 Super Bowl MVP.
MARTIN E. MARONEY
The Mahre twins—Phil and Steve—deserve the honor for their outstanding accomplishments in international skiing. They have finally taken the U.S. to the top in world-class competition.
Yankton, S. Dak.
The sport: soccer. The man: Italy's Paolo Rossi.
More often than not, the word superstar is incorrectly used. For one very special golfer it isn't. I nominate JoAnne Carner.
I suggest Ralph Sampson, Herschel Walker and other gifted college athletes who have resisted the temptation of turning pro to complete their commitment to their colleges and teammates.
MICHAEL B. MEYERS, D.D.S.