A.C. Green's example is a testament to his ability to be a positive and life-changing role model for young people.
JAMES K. SHEEK IV, COLUMBUS, GA.
Faith and Fiber
In an era when many athletes are alcoholics, drug addicts, pottymouths and/or greedy crybabies, it was refreshing to read about both boxer Evander Holyfield (Floored by the Spirit) and the Dallas Mavericks' A.C. Green (Iron Man) in the same issue (Nov. 17). Even more refreshing was the fact that your writers, Richard Hoffer and Michael Farber, respectively, looked at the Christian beliefs and actions of these men with respect, not ridicule.
JOSH KENNEDY, Glendale Heights, Ill.
Forget about Mike. I want to be like A.C.
MICHAEL CUSACK, Troy, N.Y.
We were dismayed that there was no mention of Jim Marshall in your article on A.C. Green and his consecutive-games streak. While playing defensive end, one of football's most physically grueling positions, Marshall appeared in 282 consecutive games. This streak spanned 20 years, including every one of the Minnesota Vikings' games for the first 19 years of their existence.
ANDY MCGAAN and PETER MCGARR
In your list of memorable NBA clutch shots (Buzzer Beaters, Nov. 10), I expected to see Vinnie Johnson shooting the turnaround jumper in Game 5 of the 1990 NBA Finals that won the title for the Pistons over the Trail Blazers. Or maybe Michael Jordan's shot from the elbow in Game 3 of the '91 Finals between his Bulls and the Lakers that sent the game into overtime. Or John Paxson's three-pointer with four seconds left in Game 6 of the '93 Finals against Phoenix that nailed down the Bulls' third consecutive title.
BOBBY GARRETT, Kissimmee, Fla.
On Christmas Day 1969, as the Knicks were on their way to their first NBA title, they trailed the Pistons by a point with one second left. Dick Barnett set a pick on Walt Bellamy, and Walt Frazier threw an alley-oop inbounds pass from midcourt that Willis Reed dunked at the buzzer. The ecstatic Reed ran off the court with the equally ecstatic Bill Bradley literally riding on his shoulders.
JIM WEIGERT, New York City
Ten pages devoted to the small men of college basketball (Small Ball, Nov. 17) and no mention of Seton Hall's Shaheen Holloway (5'10"), who, with 6'2" Levell Sanders, makes up not only the best backcourt in the Big East but also one of the top 10 in the nation.
MARC NUCCI, Bloomfield, N.J.
You say a trend began "when teams such as Duke, Arkansas, Kentucky and Arizona started succeeding by shooting threes and playing pressure D, and everybody wanted to do it." Few teams shot as many threes or played better pressure defense than UNLV's 1989-90 championship team. The "trend" was started by coach Jerry Tarkanian and the Runnin' Rebels.
JON ROE, Los Angeles
Boston U Football
As justification for ending football (POINT AFTER, NOV. 17), Boston University chancellor John Silber is quoted as saying that Oxford and Cambridge "have gotten along remarkably well and never had football." Had he done his homework, he would know that Oxford and Cambridge have outstanding (rugby) football teams that compete at the national level in England. Their annual Varsity Match, now in its 127th year, attracts the largest attendance, about 70,000, of any club rugby game in the world.
DAVID B. WILLIAMS, Bethlehem, Pa.
As a BU alumnus ('88), I can tell you that student apathy was a factor in the demise of the football program. Remember, this is the school that Rick Pitino quit after five successful years as basketball coach, citing lack of student support.
WAYNE S. KREGER, LOS Angeles