In your college football preview issue you said that no one in the state thought Tennessee could beat Florida this year. I have news for you (Starlit Night, Sept. 28). We always think we can win, and more than a hundred thousand of us showed up for the game against Florida to show how much we believe in our team. The Gators' rushers could not get away from the Volunteers' defense, and middle linebacker Al Wilson should be a top contender for the Butkus Award now. I love SI, but even more I love pointing it out when you are wrong.
BRETT LEWIS, Knoxville, Tenn.
Coping with Loss
Thank you, Tim Layden. Thank you, Corby Jones. Losing a parent is something many college kids don't have to deal with (Heavy Heart, Sept. 21). I commend Corby for battling through his grief every day and continuing to pursue his dreams and, more important, his education. His courage is evident.
MICHAEL SIGRIST, North St. Paul, Minn.
At the Ohio State-Missouri game, we Buckeye fans sitting in the upper reaches of the stands were confident about the outcome but were always concerned when Jones ran with the football. He was fearless and relentless. Although Missouri lost, he won a lot of respect from the fans in Columbus that day.
CINDY BERNLOHR, Columbus, Ohio
How about Rickey Henderson, at 39, leading the major leagues with 66 stolen bases? He deserved to make your article on the 10 terrific stories in baseball that were overshadowed by the home run and Cy Young races (SCORECARD, Sept. 14).
SCOTT REED, Midland, Texas
You overlooked another top 10 story of the baseball season: The Astros scored more runs than the Rockies did, despite playing in a pitchers' park.
HARVEY LAOS, Brookshire, Texas
Your chart on big paychecks for weak college football programs that sacrifice themselves to the Top 25 teams early in the season (SCORECARD, Sept. 7) brings to mind my first year at Wake Forest. In 1974 we watched our Demon Deacons, a Division I school, lose three consecutive road games, to Oklahoma (63-0), Penn State (55-0) and Maryland (47-0), a combined score of 165-0. Our bruised and battered team brought home some nice loot though.
LOU SPARKS, Houston