I was just beginning to think I had overcome my homesick yearnings for the Gopher State when Steve Rushin got me singing those "missin' Minny-Soda" blues all over again (Northern Exposure, Jan. 20). Rushin recalled the highs and lows of my life as a young Minnesota sports fan. Now, as an adult, I too believe the Metrodome is a scourge and certainly the primary cause of the Vikings' demise. As for the Twins? Go figure. However, from the plains of Kansas I chewed my Homer Hankie nearly in half while watching one of the greatest World Series ever.
My Minnesota license plate is back up on the wall of my garage.
Overland Park, Kans.
I enjoyed Northern Exposure, but I have an addition. The story said that from May 1991 to April 1992 five of the world's major sports championships will have been held in Minnesota, when actually the number will be six. Please don't forget the Special Olympics, which were held last July in Minneapolis!
Although it took place last March, before your May-April time frame, I would like to mention that the NCAA hockey championships were held at the St. Paul Civic Center for the second time in three years. Northern Michigan defeated Boston University 8-7 in triple overtime in one of the best title games in college hockey history. St. Paul must have used the tournament as a dress rehearsal for the other championship events to follow.
Steve Rushin, a Minnesota native, inadvertently confirmed his point about Minnesotans' habit of understating matters by committing one of the ultimate understatements. He listed at least two dozen heroes and luminaries with roots or connections to the state without mentioning Charles Lindbergh, who grew up in Minnesota.
New York City
I cannot determine if your story was intended to celebrate Minnesota or belittle it. The sarcastic remarks about our state seem to suggest that someone would be better off living in Iraq.
Rushin was right, though: I guess we can't take a joke. Do you see me laughing?
North St. Paul, Minn.
A former student of mine, Tim O'Shea, went to Boston College 12 years ago hoping to become the Eagles' next point guard, but John Bagley, now with the Boston Celtics, and Michael Adams, now with the Washington Bullets (Mighty Mike, Jan. 20), kept him on the bench. Periodically I would ask Tim about his former teammates at BC. He told me that Michael Adams never missed a class and would be a great player. I liked his comments, particularly the order in which they were listed. Kudos to Adams for his perseverance and to his parents for theirs.
Principal, Wayland Middle School
Show me another school that has turned out as many "undersized overachievers" as Boston College—Michael Adams, Doug Flutie, John Bagley, Tom Waddle to name a few. Someone evidently has a keen eye for talent.
PATRICK J. CORRY
Clyde & Co.
What you didn't mention in your "Then & Now" item on Clyde Lovellette (INSIDE COLLEGE BASKETBALL, Dec. 30-Jan. 6) was that he is one of only six players to have played on a team that won an NCAA championship ( Kansas, 1952), an Olympic gold medal ('52) and an NBA title ( Minneapolis Lakers, 1954; Boston Celtics, 1963, '64). The others are Bill Russell ( University of San Francisco, 1955,'56; Olympic team, '56; and Celtics 1957, 1959-66, '68, '69), K.C. Jones ( San Francisco, 1955; Olympic team, '56; and Celtics, 1959-66), Jerry Lucas ( Ohio State, 1960; Olympic team, '60; and New York Knicks, 1973), Quinn Buckner ( Indiana, 1976; Olympic team, '76; and Celtics, 1984), Michael Jordan ( North Carolina, 1982; Olympic team, '84; and Chicago Bulls, 1991.)
HOWARD S. EDELSTEIN
New York City