I think photos make the magazine, and your Super Bowl issue contained the best collection of football photographs I have ever seen.
La Habra, Calif.
In front of me is a stack of SI issues that has accumulated since the school year began. I am the world's No. 1 debunker of superstition and I am writing to comment on that awful "cover jinx" of yours.
Consider what you did to Archie Griffin (Sept. 9). Poor guy, he only got the Heisman Trophy. Or take O. J. Simpson (Sept. 16). He proceeded to help put his team in the playoffs and his feet up and down for more than 1,000 yards.
Then there was your "A's Go for Three in a Row" cover of Oct. 7 with Catfish Hunter. The A's lost one of five and Hunter gained one victory and a save. The week after rookie Woody Green of the Kansas City Chiefs made the Nov. 18 cover, the jinx weighed him down so badly he achieved only 114 yards in a victorious effort. Oklahoma (Nov. 4) never lost.
Despite a difficult road schedule your No. 1 college basketball choice, Louisville (Dec. 2), has so far won all but one; USC, on the Dec. 9 cover after its miracle win over Notre Dame, dumped Ohio State 18-17 in Pasadena; Rick Barry (Dec. 16) is still dynamite; and the Pittsburgh Steelers and Franco Harris (Jan. 6) won the Super Bowl by 10 points and Harris was named MVP.
People should be thrilled to make the cover of your fine magazine.
Kentucky has class, true (Rupp's Old Fief Is Far from Barren, Jan. 20), but since you chose to illustrate your article with photos from the Wildcats' game with Auburn, I feel you should have made more mention of the Wail Eagles' fine 90-85 victory. Auburn out-rebounded the 'Cats 60-42, with a starting lineup that includes three freshmen, one sophomore and one junior. I suggest you keep an eye on this bunch of fuzzy-cheeked upstarts.
ORVILLE E. BACH JR.
It took several rereadings of your article Pennsylvania Big Shot (Jan. 20) before it finally sank in that this appalling story is true. Herb Miller belongs at a target range, not in a deer woods. He is merely using the animals as convenient targets. There is no place in today's fragile American hunting scene for a man of his values.
Although Miller's assertion that he is "the best deer killer in the state" may be true, I am certain that he is a far cry from the best deer hunter.
You've got to be kidding! I take exception to the fact that I pay good money to subscribe to a sports-oriented magazine and then must read about a " Pennsylvania big shot" who is in fact nothing more than a guy who is obviously too lazy to hunt in a sportsmanlike manner.