I enjoyed reading about the Chicago Bulls' high-flying Michael Jordan (Ready...Set...Levitate! Nov. 17). Larry Bird was right about God being disguised as Jordan. People who don't enjoy watching him are missing the greatest player of our time—or all time.
What the ivy is to Wrigley Field,
What the wall is to Fenway,
What mom is to apple pie,
Michael Jordan is to basketball.
Some things just go together.
Rick Telander's article (Walker & Dorsett, Nov. 17) was very good but seemed to perpetuate a common theme of this football season. Herschel Walker has been placed on a pedestal by well-respected football people, the media and fans all around the country, and he certainly deserves it. At the same time Tony Dorsett has been portrayed as the bad boy—a superstar always in trouble.
In spite of Dorsett's many off-the-field tribulations and tragedies, he is one of the most productive running backs in NFL history. Is that not the mark of a true professional? Are we overlooking the "Cowboy character" Dorsett has displayed over the years?
All due respect to Walker and his enviable sincerity, attitude and considerable athletic skills. However, when all is said and done he would do well to live up to Dorsett's accomplishments. Best of luck, Herschel!
ROBERT D. SUTHERLAND, M.D.
Thanks to Rick Reilly for the long overdue recognition of the Arizona State University football program (Coming Out Of The Desert Darkness With The Sun Devils, Nov. 17). I never liked football much until my freshman year at ASU in 1975, when the Sun Devils went 12-0 and were one of only two undefeated and untied Division I teams in the nation ( Arkansas State was the other). They beat a much bigger Nebraska team in the Fiesta Bowl 17-14 that season and were robbed of the national title by Oklahoma, which went 11-1. ASU was No. 2 because it played in the WAC then. (Don't get me started on BYU.)
In your article you raised the question of whether BYU would have finished 13-0 and won the national championship in 1984 if Arizona and Arizona State had still been playing in the WAC. In 1984 ASU was in the Pac-10 and had a record of 5-6, including a loss to 2-9 California. Arizona fared a little better at 7-4, but lost to a Fresno State team that finished 6-6. I would therefore suggest that the absence of Arizona and ASU from the BYU schedule was not the determining factor in deciding the '84 national championship.
In any event, congratulations are in order to ASU for getting off NCAA probation and for finally getting to the Rose Bowl.
EARL B. TAYLOR
Arizona State University and the surrounding communities were ecstatic over the coverage afforded our Pac-10 champion and Rose Bowl-bound Sun Devils. We have a proud, rich football tradition yet have labored in obscurity for many, many seasons. The excitement generated by our success this season only increased with Rick Reilly's visit to our campus.
It appears Andy Hayt caught us napping with one of his photos. Unfortunately, the yawning player identified as linebacker Scott Stephen is reserve offensive guard Randy Jefferson. Next to the allotment of Rose Bowl tickets, the biggest question on campus that week was. Who was more embarrassed by the photo, Scott or Randy?
Sports Information Director
Arizona State University