Doug Robinson's column (June 25) about Tiger Woods not being an athlete, only a golfer, was not taken seriously by me and was rather humorous. I've always enjoyed Robinson's stuff and will continue to do so. But he argues that no other sport would allow players like a portly Craig Stadler or a chain-smoking John Daly to compete on such a high level.

I remember seeing old films showing a beer-bellied Babe Ruth still leading the major leagues in home runs against better conditioned athletes, a tired undertrained Muhammad Ali still defending his title (and winning), a perennial batting champ named Tony Gwynn who was nicknamed "Tubby" and a 45-year-old pitcher named Nolan Ryan still competing and striking out younger players.

Greg Martin

South Jordan