Three cheers for Ronald C. Modra and Ron Fimrite. Modra's superb pictures and Fimrite's article on the 1966 Packers (A Team For All Time, Jan. 27), winners of Super Bowl I, got my adrenaline flowing. What the NFL sorely needs today is another Vince Lombardi. You can bet that he wouldn't talk with agents or accede to preposterous salary demands; instead, he would take low draft choices and heretofore mediocre players (remember the 1959 Packers?) and trounce those of lesser mettle.
EDWARD J. KRYSHAK
My, how the mighty have fallen! One year John McEnroe dominates men's tennis and the next he is making frequent, unexpected and hasty early-round departures (Will The Mac Attack Be Back? Jan. 27). The only question nowadays is, what unranked, unknown player is going to upset him—and it certainly doesn't take much to upset him.
It's ironic that the sad tale of Mac the Brat followed the uplifting story on the Pack. John McEnroe needs someone like Vince Lombardi to kick his fanny and teach him some humility.
THOMAS A. FORMAN
Cedar Glen, Calif.
It's bad enough that Mac has to put up with the trash that is printed in gossip publications, but to have SI enlarge upon it is too much. The Capulets and Montagues? Be serious. And who is Bob Kain anyway? I suppose that as Bjorn Borg's manager he knows exactly how Mac feels.
Mac needs to relax and get out of the limelight for a while. I'd be more than happy to put him up at my house and show him how restful small town life can be. Keep hanging in there, John. You're still the best!
What has become of the famous SPORTS ILLUSTRATED "cover jinx"? The Patriots beat the Dolphins after appearing on your Jan. 13 cover. Now the Bears have won the Super Bowl in spite of being double jinxed—they graced your cover for two consecutive weeks (Jan. 20 and 27) before the championship game. Either the jinx has ended, or it has gone into a midwinter slump.
MORE OF THE PACK
Your photo essay on the '66 Green Bay Packers was excellent. I was disappointed, nevertheless, by the absence of some of the other prominent players. For example, Bob Skoronski, who was briefly mentioned but not pictured, may in fact be one of the more successful alumni. Although he keeps a low profile, he now runs his own business (he sells electrical fixtures and supplies) in Appleton, Wis.
Were there any more photos?
New York City
?For Modra's portraits of, clockwise from top left, Boyd Dowler, Skoronski, Doug Hart and Marv Fleming, see below.—ED.