No Room at the Inn
Billy Payne, CEO of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, took his dream, bet his career on it, got the help he needed and brought the Olympics to Atlanta (Atlanta Brave, Jan. 8). My children will see part of the Olympics, and their father will remind them from time to time how one citizen in this community worked to make a seemingly unreachable dream a reality.
BOB PERSONS, Atlanta
Your Jan. 8 cover billing, see y'all IN Atlanta, might more aptly have read, "Y'all come, ya hear? Just don't stay." As someone who managed to complete the ticket-request forms and actually get three out of my four first-choice events, I was excited about attending the Olympic Games—until 1 tried to find a place to stay for my party of four. After convincing myself that it was acceptable to stay up to 120 miles from the city, I still failed to find what I thought were suitable accommodations in the Olympic Games Travel Network's lottery. Private houses proved no better, as some are priced at more than $1,000 a night, with seven-to 14-day stays required.
I wonder if Billy Payne's home might be available for a lower price. At this point, my only other option seems to be purchasing 30 contiguous Olympic walkway bricks at $35 each and pitching a tent on my new homestead.
DAVID HANDELSMAN, Charlottesville, Va.
The Olympics have turned into just another sports-entertainment extravaganza. The idea of public financial support for the Games is ludicrous. If they ever use my tax money to underwrite the Games, they had better make the ticket prices reasonable enough so that I can go and watch them.
CHRIS SYME, Raymond, Mont.
Touch of Class
Bills coach Marv Levy's Point After about outgoing Dolphins coach Don Shula (Jan. 15) was a class article about a class guy written by another class guy.
BILL BROOKS, Lookout Mountain, Ga.
Soccer Si, Scrabble No
As dramatic and intense as Scrabble is, it is not a sport. How can a magazine call itself Sports Illustrated while printing nine pages of Scrabble coverage (Your Word Against Mine, Dec. 18) and only two pages of the NCAA Final Four of soccer (Out of Reach)'! Come on! I'm not asking for weekly soccer coverage, but the second half of Virginia against Duke was some of the most impressive college soccer ever played.
TOM BASHARA, Norfolk, Va.
Incredible! After years and years of women in swimsuits, dry golf-course analysis, horse racing, tennis soap operas, boring chess matches, baseball and hockey strikes, basketball weirdos, greedy NHL owners and college football gambling scandals, the Scrabble players of the planet finally get pulled out of the closet by your publication! Made me so happy I was tempted to run to the game board and swallow an S and an I!
JACK NIEDENTHAL, Majuro, Marshall Islands
Although the 1986 NBA draft is known for the large number of flops and substance-abuse problems among its first-rounders, your article underplayed just how good the second and third rounds were ('86ed, Jan. 8). In addition to Jeff Hornacek, Nate McMillan, Mark Price and Dennis Rodman, whom you mentioned, those two rounds included six other players who are on NBA rosters today: Rafael Addison, Anthony Bowie, Kevin Duckworth, Kenny Gattison, Johnny Newman and David Wingate. Of these 10, four have been All-Stars, one has been a Dream Teamer, one has twice been NBA Defensive Player of the Year and three have been season statistical leaders.
MARK BODENRADER, North Andover, Mass.
•Here are the 10, with their draft positions.—ED.