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February 15, 1999
Nack's story on Big Daddy Lipscomb is the reason I maintain my SI subscription. It was a moving elegy to an athlete, warts and all.—JAMES PALANA, Rockland, Mass.
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February 15, 1999


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Nack's story on Big Daddy Lipscomb is the reason I maintain my SI subscription. It was a moving elegy to an athlete, warts and all.
—JAMES PALANA, Rockland, Mass.

Larger Than Life
As a former member of the track team at Camp Pendleton with Eugene Lipscomb, I enjoyed the article by William Nack (The Ballad of Big Daddy, Jan. 11). Now after 45 years I understand why Lipscomb was a loner, was always in a bad mood and often flew into a rage.
ROY PHILLIPS, Edgewood, Texas

From an athletic perspective, Lipscomb's life was the stuff of legend. From a human perspective, it was tragic.

You started your Lipscomb story with a verse which I composed but which you blurbed as: "Unattributed verse as quoted in 'The Sad End of Big Daddy Lipscomb,' The Saturday Evening Post, July 27, 1963." You used another verse of mine from that article, again without the hint of an attribution to me. It is impossible to read that Post article without knowing that I, as its author, was also the lyricist.

They Beg to Differ
How can an All-Bowl team not include Tennessee cornerback Dwayne Goodrich ( SI's All-Bowl Team, Jan. 11)? In the one half he played against the Seminoles in the Fiesta Bowl before getting hurt, Goodrich held wide receiver Peter Warrick to one reception and returned an interception 54 yards for a touchdown.
BRIAN DAVIS, Watauga, Tenn.

Wane McGarity of Texas over Isaac Jones of Purdue at wide receiver? Jones had seven more receptions than McGarity and had many more clutch catches, including one with 30 seconds left for the game-winning touchdown.
BILL ELDER, Wallingford, Pa.

I was impressed with your article on the best bowl performers of the year, but you failed to select a cornerback who had 11 tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery. I think the stats make the case for Penn State's Anthony King, who amassed them against Kentucky's vaunted pass offense in the Outback Bowl.
BEN BARRON, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

How can you name Wisconsin's Ron Dayne to your All-Bowl team when he faced a UCLA defense that Ivan Maisel says can't tackle? Texas's Ricky Williams rushed for 203 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns against a Mississippi State defense that would have given Dayne fits.

Blue-collar Champs
I want to thank Tim Layden for a superb article summarizing Tennessee's season and its Fiesta Bowl win (Rocky Top, Jan. 11). It is refreshing to see success based on team effort. There were no heroes, just hardworking players.

How can you say the Volunteers' close wins were lucky? The players showed hearts of champions.
TOM DUNN, Midland, Mich.

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