I was pleased to see a story about collegiate hockey (Focus, March 4), the most entertaining, yet overlooked, amateur sport in North America. I was even more pleased to see No. 1-ranked Lake Superior State, the smallest public university in Michigan, receive the bright SI spotlight, albeit tongue in cheek.
Jeff Bradley is correct in writing that we live in a "remote outpost." Students select Lake Superior State because of its fine faculty, small size (2,495 students) and location in a friendly community. But as this picture shows, Bradley's statement that "the campus isn't the attraction, that's for sure" is untrue. We have fine buildings such as these two residence halls, built by the U.S. Army around the turn of the century, which are listed in the National Register of Historical Sites. They show a small part of our campus in its winter beauty. The summers here are nice, too!
TERRENCE A. SWEENEY
Executive Assistant to the President
Lake Superior State University
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
New York Pioneer Club
It is unfortunate that the FOR THE RECORD report of Joe Yancey's death (Feb. 4) didn't mention the most important (next to his family) facet of his life, the New York Pioneer Club. With every race, creed and religion represented among its members, who were culled from the sidewalks of New York City, the club had a philosophy based on the brotherhood of man. It was a power on the national track scene, with no clubhouse, no sponsors, no track and no money other than that which Yancey provided from his own pocket and what we could raise by selling chances or collecting newspapers and the like.
In the 1950s the club, which now numbers a couple of hundred athletes, won several national AAU (now TAC) indoor and outdoor championships by outrunning rich, segregated teams, with their fancy uniforms and sponsors. Yancey, who coached the Pioneer Club from the mid-'30s to the late '80s, will be remembered by the hundreds of athletes who were fortunate to come under his guidance as coach, adviser and father figure. He shaped all of our lives, and we will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to run for Joe and the Pioneer Club.
William and Mary (1967-90)
Lake Worth, Fla.
I was appalled to read that NFL games may be on pay-per-view within two years (SCORECARD, March 4). Will the incredible greed of sports leagues and their disrespect for fans ever end? I hope fans will realize that the only way to make pay-per-view not work is by refusing to sign up for any of the games, no matter how appealing the matchups. Fans may miss a few games in the short term, but they'll be far better off in the long run by shooting down pay-per-view.
If there really comes "a time when the World Series, Final Four and Super Bowl can no longer be seen for free," then the time may have arrived that will bring the money-crazed sports moguls to their senses. As long as the events are free, I'll keep watching. But I have a feeling that once fees are charged to watch rich and pampered athletes play a game, the networks and cable systems, intent on recouping their fees for TV rights, will be in for a big surprise. Pay to watch these prima donnas play? No thanks. I would rather play golf.
TIMOTHY A. JARC
It's time for the owners and players to realize that the 1980s was an era when the value of everything was inflated and that this trend is not going to continue. NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue should support the people who support him—the fans—and end the terrible idea of football on pay-per-view.
The photographs by Joe McNally that accompanied Thomas McGuane's article about cutting horses (Making the Cut, Feb. 25) were magnificent. He captured the intensity of the action in the eyes and bodies of the participants; and the portraits of the cutters also were excellent. The pictures added much to an article on a topic about which many know little.