Plaudits to your magazine and excellent staff of writers, specifically Dan Jenkins, Roy Blount Jr. and Ron Reid, on a smashing first-of-the-year issue!
In the Dec. 25 issue, Jenkins (After the Bowls, the Polls) gave us an outline of what and who to look for in the upcoming bowl games. In his sequel (No Doubt about Who's Champ) he enlightened those of us who watched but did not see, graphically plotting the progress of the major collegiate carnivals.
Blount's idiomatic narrative (As for the Droll Bowl and All Those Other Classics) of the gridiron fan's tumultuous weekend perfectly described the limbo we all encountered trying to keep track of the rest of the barrage of bowls.
I must also give praise to Reid's consistently illuminating reports on professional football. Each article is a titillating tirade, uniquely written.
In my next life, given a choice in my rebirth, I wish to be reincarnated as a staff writer for SI. I do envy their positions. Bravo on 1973's first issue, proof of why SI is the best-selling and best magazine of its kind.
MARY LOU DIAS
I certainly enjoyed Dan Jenkins' report on the big college bowl games, and in regard to his first paragraph I agree. USC has outranked, surely outclassed and outplayed all other competitors this college season. According to many of the previews, USC wasn't supposed to break into the top 10. Three cheers for USC, Coach John McKay and A. D. Davis.
Princeton, W. Va.
How could you have the gall to include the Orange Bowl mismatch between two second-rate teams, Nebraska and Notre Dame, as a major football contest and use a follow-up article to ridicule several superior teams that participated in superior bowl games? I'm sure you gained few friends with your derisive reporting, which made SPORTS ILLUSTRATED appear to be the more deserving object of ridicule.
Fort Myers, Fla.
As a Notre Dame fan since 1953 who criticizes Dan Jenkins every time he criticizes Notre Dame, I would like to thank him for the mercy he showed after Notre Dame's disgraceful performance in the Orange Bowl. In fact, he showed too much mercy. The Parseghian-led "Fighting" Irish can't hold their own against good teams. LSU, USC and Nebraska have blown them off the field. Mr. Jenkins would have been telling it like it was by saying the Irish (and I hate to admit it) are overrated.
ABE LEMONS' TOURNEY
I would like to thank you for the fine article (Whooping It Up in Endin Country, Jan. 8) on the 49ers of Long Beach. I disagree with only one phrase in your article and that's the very last one: "What Long Beach was missing was one good Endin." All of us 49er fans know what you meant by that remark, but this year Long Beach will dethrone the so-called mighty Bruins from Westwood for the simple reason that Long Beach is the better team.
Long Beach, Calif.
We very recently moved to "Endin Country" from Chicagoland and had the great pleasure of attending the All-College basketball tournament during the holidays in Oklahoma City.