John Underwood has presented us with Ted Williams, Happy Chandler, Spiro Agnew and now Tim Rossovich (Burning to Be a Success, Sept. 20). Each story is a masterpiece. Without doubt, Underwood is the greatest sportswriter in America today. And that photo of the hirsute linebacker by Tony Triolo is a gem. It's Attila the Hun, Jesus Christ and Tim Rossovich all rolled into one. Thanks, SI, for a fine piece of journalism.
Tim Rossovich is fantastic. He eats glass, lets birds fly out of his mouth, sets himself on fire, appears nude and/or covered with shaving cream. Then when someone regards him as a kook, Tim reasons that it is because he has long hair.
THOMAS C. DUDDY
I, for one, want my two boys to get more out of sports than a third-degree burn or a fine for indecent exposure.
I just hope Tim can burn some spirit into the Eagles. I also hope you continue to write stories about such individualists.
It's good to know that there is a lighter side to football. Rossovich is a fine shot in the arm for the pro game. There ought to be more like him. So, go get 'em, Tim, and have another quart of oil on me.
DONALD M. ZIPPAY
University Park, Pa.
Thanks for doing justice to the San Francisco 49ers (Look Out for the 49ers, Sept. 20). Aside from the portrayal of the extraordinary actions of John Brodie, it was refreshing to see the faces of those who help to keep Brodie on his feet.
South San Francisco
Thanks. Your fine article on the 49ers was all the incentive the Atlanta Falcons needed to upset San Francisco 20-17 and force the NFL's Most Valuable Player into four interceptions.
Someone forgot that Phil Bengtson is the defensive coach of the San Diego Chargers this year (SCOUTING REPORTS, Sept. 20). Not only have the Chargers won their first regular-season game over a talented Kansas City team, they have not been outclassed during the exhibition season. Why not tell what Sid Gillman really has going here?
L. C. SEVERSON
Laugh if you wish at the backless aluminum scats in the New England Patriots' new stadium. No one was sitting down during the opening win against Oakland, anyhow.
Well, the pro football season has officially been opened: Tex Maule has picked the Cowboys as the team with the most talent in 1971 (Bigger and Better than Ever, Sept. 20).
ROBERT C. WALDRON