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The estimable Richard Hoffer savaged HBO's Oscar De La Hoya--Manny Pacquaio fight (INSIDE BOXING, Dec. 15) as a big-man--small-man mismatch, although the small man won, and a cynical contrivance just to make money, as though there's something wrong with putting on a show that fans want to see. Hoffer felt De La Hoya deserved better than to be beaten up at the end of a great career, the sad metaphorical death of most ring kings. But he neglected to mention that De La Hoya himself made the so-called mismatch happen. And was consoled by an estimated $30 million payday.
Your photo of the greyhounds in mid-race in your Pictures of the Year issue (Dec. 12) took my breath away. As a proud owner of two retired racers, I want to thank you for mentioning the British organization that finds homes for retired racers in the United Kingdom. Americans can visit Greyhound Pets of America at greyhoundpets.org to learn about how these dogs make wonderful pets after their racing careers are over and find a chapter in their area.
No Saint Paul
Your review of the documentary Breaking the Huddle (PLAYERS, Dec. 22) overstates Bear Bryant's pro-integration efforts. While peaceful people in favor of integration were being assaulted with clubs, fire hoses, police dogs and worse in Selma, Montgomery, Birmingham and other Alabama towns, Bear Bryant, the most universally admired and second most powerful man in Alabama, was silent. Suggesting he needed to lose to an integrated USC team in 1970 to justify recruiting black players more than 50 years after Paul Robeson was an All-American, more than 30 years after Jackie Robinson played football for UCLA and more than 10 years after Jim Brown was the best runner in the NFL, is giving Bryant far too much slack. Honor him as a football coach but not as a civil rights advocate.
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