Thank you for such an enjoyable article on Michael Jordan, whose brilliance on the court is matched by his engaging demeanor off it (In an Orbit All His Own, Nov. 9). Those of us lucky enough to have played in pickup games alongside Jordan at North Carolina can attest to his passionate love of the game. We have known all along what those who read the article discovered—that Jordan defines the word class. But one thing, Michael: Please tell us you didn't give an autograph to the guy wearing the cap of the hated Duke Blue Devils (picture, page 86). Some things are unforgivable.
It's high time Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas accepted the fact that Michael Jordan is the best thing to happen to basketball in a long time. Johnson feels he finally got what he deserved last season when he won the MVP award, but Jordan was much more valuable to the Bulls than Johnson was to the Lakers. I hope Jordan gets what he deserves this season: the MVP trophy and a spot on the All-Defensive team.
New York a noncontender (Scouting Reports, Nov. 9)? Boston over Atlanta? Golden State over Dallas?
Well, that's O.K., you also picked the New York Giants to repeat as Super Bowl champions, and the Cleveland Indians for first place in the American League East.
It will be Boston, not Detroit, trying to dethrone the Lakers. The Celtics already look better than they did last season, even without Kevin McHale. As long as Larry Bird is on the court, no team in the league is better or more interesting to watch.
Somehow it seems fitting that your cover photo of the World Series champion Minnesota Twins (Nov. 2) shows the logo of the Cleveland Indians—on the fence, way off in the distance, all fuzzy and out of focus. It would seem SI's preseason crystal ball was a bit fuzzy and out of focus, too.
BRIAN J. FAHEY
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Special thanks to Austin Murphy for a terrific article on the Colts and Eric Dickerson (Break Up the Colts! Now. 9). Dickerson's presence has generated a fury reminiscent of 1984, when the Colts were brought to Indy. How satisfying it is to finally read some optimistic predictions for this young, exciting team. We love our Colts and coach Ron Meyer. His leadership and enthusiasm have been inspiring not only to the team but also to the fans and the city. The Colts are confident, hungry and well on their way to putting behind them their image as the laughingstock of the NFL.
Austin Murphy asks the rhetorical question, "What's not to love?" about the Dickerson trade. As a fanatical Ram supporter, I'll gladly inform him. I don't love the fact that Georgia Frontiere, the parsimonious owner of the Rams, couldn't see that for a few hundred thousand more bucks the Rams could still have the ballcarrier destined to become the greatest in pro football history. He was the very heart of the offense, and without him the Rams are likely to finish well behind the hated San Francisco 49ers this season and fail to reach the Super Bowl for the next decade.
LANNY R. MIDDINGS
San Ramon, Calif.
IN DUNDEE'S CORNER
I was managed by Angelo Dundee (The Corner Man, Nov. 2) in the 1950s. I worked with him and his brother. Angelo is a wonderful human being. You just want to do well for him. I retired undefeated. Angelo bought me my robe and my mouthpiece. He always took care of fighters who needed money. He kept a little black book on what they owed him. He hardly got anything back. He is a fine man, and I love him like a father.
As an aspiring playwright, I couldn't help but marvel at the way Gary Smith constructed his piece on Angelo Dundee. By letting his characters speak for themselves while supplying a fascinating structure of style, mystery and drama, Smith provided the reader with an emotionally riveting experience. I laughed and shed a tear or three, but most of all I learned in a thoroughly entertaining manner.