As a loyal fan of the Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers and Indians, I read Michael Jaffe's PERSPECTIVE (Aug. 28) with a wince of instant recognition. The day the Browns traded Paul Warfield for a draft pick, I locked myself in the bathroom and cried. I must have been about nine. Remember the Indians' trades of Graig Nettles and Chris Chambliss? I used to put together All-Star teams of former Indians.
The day a team brings a championship to Cleveland, there will be an explosion of pent-up frustration.
THOMAS M. BAGNELL
Redondo Beach, Calif.
If The Catch of 1954 was before Michael Jaffe's time, then I'm sure he doesn't recall what happened in December of that year at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Otto Graham and the Browns defeated Bobby Layne and the Lions 56-10 to win the NFL championship.
I would like to be able to say that Joe Montana and the 49ers are the best quarterback and football team I've ever seen, but that distinction belongs to Graham and the Browns of the late '40s and '50s. In the 10 seasons that Graham was with the Browns, he took them to the championship game every year and won seven times. That's as close to perfection as anybody has ever come in professional football.
Don't cry too long for Cleveland, because those dogs sure had their day.
The day after the Chicago Bears traded quarterback Jim McMahon to the San Diego Chargers (Jilted Jim's Big McLove-In, Aug. 28), I came across a picture of a poster that McMahon posed for in August 1987. I know that the poster was designed to predict that the Bears would return to the Super Bowl, held that season in San Diego. But the caption, along with the message on McMahon's duffel bag, seems to have foreshadowed the trade.