OUR LADY'S LOSSES
As one of many suffering Notre Dame alumni, I wish to thank you for one of the most heartwarming stories you've ever done on Notre Dame football (Somebody Up There May Be Listening, Nov. 5). I was a student at Our Lady's university during the glory years of Ara Parseghian, and it is often only the memories of those days that make the defeats of the last few years bearable.
Kenny Moore has given the reader a unique perspective on today's Irish, one that underscores the elements that made (and make) Notre Dame a very special university: "Contracts are sacred" and "Winning is important. But it is one element among several." These statements by Father Edmund P. Joyce exemplify the Notre Dame spirit. And the best thing about Gerry Faust is that he is a natural part of that spirit.
You're gonna make it, Gerry. And Notre Dame will be the better for it.
I admit to being a Notre Dame fan of long standing. More recently, though. Eve become a Gerry Faust fan, regardless of his win-loss record. In an age when commitment is considered pass�, religious fervor radical and the display of human emotion unmanly, his personal philosophy is refreshing and inspiring. I can't help but hope that Faust is merely a man ahead of his time. Cheer, cheer for a hero!
So Gerry Faust is a nice guy—he prays a lot and is an excellent recruiter—but that doesn't make him a major college football coach. The pap offered by the author in an attempt to justify Gerry's record at Notre Dame was revolting to this alumnus.
Ever since your article 3� years ago (The Irish Have Flipped Over Faust, April 13, 1981) portraying Gerry Faust as the greatest thing since sliced bread, I've been waiting for an objective and dispassionate analysis of his coaching ability. I fear I must pray for that.
HARRY S. GREENBERG, M.D.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
"Pray for me, who am so miserable." Instead of Gerry Faust uttering this prayer to Saint Jude these days, thousands of loyal Notre Dame fans are doing it. Faust says he would never stay if Notre Dame didn't want him. We don't want him!
JOE (SUPERFAN) THILMAN
Never has such incompetence gotten such publicity!
Dearborn Heights, Mich.
HANG TIME (CONT.)
Here are some kinds of time that Tony Kornheiser omitted from his otherwise excellent article on hang time (They've Got The Hang Of It, Oct. 29):
Show Time: Spectacular one-man performance, a.k.a. Bernard King Time.