John Underwood's article Dolphins, by a Nose (Jan. 17) predicting the outcome of the Super Bowl was extremely articulate, perceptive and stimulating. Fortunately for the Dallas Cowboys, the only attribute it lacked was accuracy. I'd suggest that Mr. Underwood join the redoubtable Ron Fimrite (A Birdbath for the Pirates, Oct. 18) and send in his crystal ball for repairs.
Tex Maule called the shot ( Cowboys, in a Walk) in his unprovoking, straight-shooting article on the true, inevitable champions.
WILLIAM T. OCEL
Long a 49er fan, I instantly became a Cowboy backer after reading John Underwood's ridiculous preview of the Super Bowl. Rather than predict the Dolphins would win on their own merits, Underwood instead belittled a fine Dallas team with preposterous statements. He suggested the Cowboys could not win because 1) both of Miami's playoff opponents could easily handle Dallas, 2) Duane Thomas wears a stocking cap on post-game trips and 3) Buffalo scored 37 points against the Cowboys four months earlier. If "it does so count," as Mr. Underwood persistently insists, then the Buffalo offense is about 12 times stronger than Miami's.
After watching one of the most one-sided Super Bowl games ever, I suspect that Mr. Underwood is wearing a stocking cap pulled down over his face.
The law of averages? Phooey! The Cowboys won. The Cowboys stomped Miami because they are the best team in pro football. Who is John Underwood?
Little Rock, Ark.
I agree with John Underwood's conclusion. It would be fitting for the Cowboys to award the game ball to Tex Maule.
I hereby nominate Tex Maule for the title " Dallas Cowboys' Most Loyal Fan." Mr. Maule has been picking the Cowboys to win the NFL championship ever since they came into existence. Now his loyalty has been rewarded. Way to go, Tex.
Lest Tex Maule get overconfident, please have him put this ancient Chinese proverb over his desk: "Even a blind pig finds an acorn now and then."
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My thanks to Peter Carry for a sparkling article on the Milwaukee victory over the Los Angeles Lakers (Derailing the Laker Express, Jan. 17). If any team had to stop the Lakers' winning streak, who else should it have been but the world champions?
Kings Park, N.Y.
Milwaukee Coach Larry Costello said, "We're still the champions, and we will be until somebody beats us, which they haven't yet when it's counted." He is right.