Jimmy The Greek's "fall line" seemed pretty logical until I got to the team he listed as the favorite in the AFC East. It must have been a typographical error. Jimmy, tell us you didn't really say the New York Jets!
Paul Zimmerman forecast a third-place finish for the Jets, which is more like it.
Steve Wulf's article on Cleveland rookie Joe Charboneau (Super Joe: A Legend in His Own Time, Sept. 8) was terrific. Joe has helped rekindle fan interest in the Indians, and the Tribe is only a few good pitchers away from being a pennant contender. Go, Joe Charboneau!
STEVEN C. MILLER
When it comes to the leading candidate for American League Rookie of the Year one need look no further than Minnesota Twins Relief Pitcher Doug Corbett. If his 8-5 record and 19 saves with a team that is 17 games below .500 doesn't tell you all you need to know, then look at his ERA of 2.00, which is second-best among American League relievers, and his strikeout-to-walk ratio is 2 to 1. He has pitched more relief innings than any other American League pitcher. When statistics—not flashy names, songs or posters—are considered, Corbett gets my vote.
BARRY I. MEYER
As a harness racing devotee and a spectator at the first and, alas, also the last Hambletonian at DuQuoin, Ill., I think it's an insult to the sport to take the premier race from its county-fair "roots" to the big-city surroundings of the Meadowlands, where it is destined to become just another race (They'll Miss the Corn, Sept. 8). Chalk up one more victory for dollars over tradition.
DONALD J. FABIAN
Enough cheap shots. Referring to DuQuoin as "a dusty little town of some 7,000 residents whose tomorrows may all be behind it" is nothing but urban journalism run amok. It's time to drop the trite adjectives and look at rural life with the blinders off. The tragedy of the Hambletonian's move to New Jersey is not that it is a loss to DuQuoin. The loss is to rural America and to those of us who know that the big city ain't where it's at.
JOHN F. RECORD
JACK VS. TOM
Your article on Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus (The Great Tom vs. Jack Debate, Sept. 1) was enjoyable, but I don't understand why there's a controversy over which one should be PGA Player of the Year. The title implies 52 weeks of steady, solid play, not just two weeks. I admit that Nicklaus' winning the U.S. Open and PGA titles was great for the game and stirring for the fans, but this year's top golfer is Watson, hands down. He played in more tournaments and won more money, and his average round was better than Jack's.
DONALD STURTZ JR.
I regard golf's major championships as I do football's Super Bowl or baseball's World Series. You play all season, but it's the big ones that count; they separate the men from the boys. Winning your division title or more than $500,000 on the tour is not the same as winning the Super Bowl or two major championships. I vote for Jack.
Now your readers know what those of us who are serious about motor sports have known for some time: Paul (a.k.a. P.L.) Newman (The Perils of Paul, Aug. 25) is no lightweight in motor racing; he is good at it, and he is a professional. My thanks to you and to Sam Posey, who is no Sunday driver himself.
JAMES H. HEINE
My compliments to William Nack on a very fine article about the tragedy of J.R. Richard (Now Everyone Believes Him, Aug. 18). However, as I looked closely at the diagrams displayed by Dr. Charles McCollum in one of the photographs, I noticed that the aortic arch shown is clearly not that of a human. It looks like that of a cat!