Many thanks for a very interesting article about O. J. Simpson. He is an individual—the team's leader and nucleus—yet he is devoted to the Bills, not to a record. Perhaps this is the real reason Simpson is the NFL's best.
JAMES FORTI JR.
Your article on O. J. Simpson was tremendous. However, your picture on page 31 also showed something else. Buffalo's No. 68, Joe DeLamielleure, is holding Baltimore's No. 53. Maybe that is why O.J. has gained so many yards.
Mt. Prospect, Ill.
FIGHT FOR THE BOTTOM
Although Syracuse may be leading in losses and spending more money per game, I feel Iowa deserves No. 1 in the Bottom 10 (When You Stand on Your Head, Syracuse Is No. 1, Oct. 29). Steve Harvey failed to notice the outstanding job Iowa is doing in dropping its games. And this is not Iowa's first non-winning season. No, sir. Iowa consistently produces some of the best losses and worst teams.
T. J. MURTAUGH
De Kalb, Ill.
I must protest Steve Harvey's listing of Texas-El Paso as the second worst among major college football teams. The Miners are certainly worse than No. 1 Syracuse. This is a team that has lost to such powerhouses as Utah (82-6), Colorado State (76-24) and Idaho (62-14).
I also want to nominate UTEP's nonfans as the worst in the nation for their consistent nonsupport of the Miners.
How dare Steve Harvey rank Oregon State University No. 10 on his Worst of the Worst list? We lost to No. 9 BYU and therefore deserve No. 9!
Making any top 10 is quite an honor for Wake Forest. However, to avoid any bitter feelings with Florida State, the Deacons will concede their fourth place to the No. 5 Seminoles on the basis of a 9-7 Wake Forest win over Florida State in September.
It doesn't seem fair that the University of Washington was left out of Steve Harvey's Bottom 10 college football teams. Jim Owens' Huskies have not only been easily defeated by 10th ranked Oregon State, they also have fallen to Hawaii and handed Duke its only victory of the season. A win over No. 1-ranked Syracuse is the team's only triumph. The Huskies deserve recognition.
If nothing else, the article was very amusing. Although Steve Harvey's poll certainly is deplored by some, as Joe Jares points out, it does provide us fans with a taste of the game's lighter side.
One question: Was it really necessary to go all the way to Los Angeles for Mr. Harvey's listing of the 10 worst teams? Wouldn't it have been easier to merely list the schedule ( Syracuse, Army, Iowa...) that Penn State plays?