THE BOZ—AND OTHER WORTHIES
I am a die-hard Oklahoma Sooner fan, and Rick Reilly's article about linebacker Brian Bosworth (The Boz, 1986 College & Pro Football Spectacular, Sept. 3) made me shudder with joy. Bosworth has a talent and a personality to be reckoned with. His confident, crushing style of defensive play sends me into a frenzy whenever I watch OU stop an offense. Some may find No. 44 vulgar and immature, but give the guy a break—he's only the best linebacker ever to play the game.
Whatzis? Spitting a loogie in an opponent's face? Sticking a finger in his eye? Twisting heads? Hurting people on every play? Profanity? What has happened to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED? What is the matter with Brian Bosworth?
BRIAN P. FARLEY
This article has given us a look at all that is wrong with college football, wrapped in a single performer.
PHILIP D. GINOTTI
Union Lake, Mich.
The Boz is a college student?
MARK M. GROSSMAN
Keep him in Oklahoma—please!
I played college football and am a Jet season-ticket holder, but if you think the Boz is "charming" and a serious candidate for the Heisman Trophy, my sons are going to play soccer when they come of age.
As I began reading the profile of Brian Bosworth, I was amused by the obvious creativity, drive and independence of this young man. However, as I read farther, I was appalled by some of his behavior, particularly the glee with which he says he and other workers at the Oklahoma City plant intentionally hung bolts in the crevices of General Motors vehicles.
We at GM pride ourselves on placing the needs of our customers first and foremost in everything we do. Frankly, we don't need an arrogant young man like Bosworth creating extra headaches for the hundreds of people (inspectors, assemblers, salespeople, dealers and so on) who have to correct his childish pranks. Those folks already have enough to do!
KAREN L. HEALY
Public Affairs Staff
Buick- Oldsmobile-Cadillac Group
The Boz should have his vanity license plates changed. My suggestion: THE JERK.
JACK SMITH JR.
In your special football issue, the stories on the sophomoric posturing of Jim McMahon ( Chicago's Easy Rider) and the mindless yahoo viciousness of Brian Bosworth document what most of us have been monitoring in the stands and on the fields for several years: the death of sportsmanship. To devote 20 pages of SI to "players" of this caliber is to give tacit approval to such behavior—your smiling, head-shaking tone notwithstanding. I would like to see SI attempt to resurrect sportsmanship, not shovel more stones on its grave.
M. GILBERT PORTER
Professor of English
University of Missouri