Your Dec. 8 issue had all the ingredients of a bestselling novel: a moving account of the ruination of Kentucky's football season by vicious rumors, the excitement of a new college basketball champion ( Indiana) crushing the traditional leader ( UCLA) and the comeback story of the Baltimore Colts. All this combined to make up an epic issue. So why did you have to tarnish it by putting Texas A&M on the cover, thus abruptly ending its chances for a Cotton Bowl bid?
Here's a recipe for pork-flavored Cotton Bowl: one large serving of SI cover jinx; 48 Aggie-chokes; one king-sized Razorback filled with desire; two Chig! ga! raa! gar! ems!; one pinch of rough toughs; one dash of real stuff and one large "Gosh dawg."
The Aggies had waited so long, why couldn't you have waited one more week?
STEVEN J. ALTIERI
Thank you for your excellent article on Sonny Collins and the University of Kentucky football team (The Setting Was Ripe for Scandal, Dec. 8). Sonny, or Alfred as he was called in high school in Madisonville, has been fighting injuries and adversity throughout his career. He is the most exciting player in Kentucky history. Sonny will always be No. 1 with us.
The article by John Underwood and Morton Sharnik was a fine piece of work that enabled the reader to understand much of what has happened at this university. The most important point made was that activities of athletes at Kentucky are probably not much different from those of athletes at other colleges. I do not mean to condone those activities, but only to show that Kentucky is perhaps a little better off than many other universities in that it is not afraid to look at its programs and publicize their faults. I congratulate SI and only hope that everyone concerned will read the article and judge the people involved with a clear head.
BOLD TALK IN BALTIMORE
As an avid reader of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and a fan of the Baltimore Colts, I found it especially satisfying to read Mark Mulvoy's article The New Colts Are Mighty Frisky (Dec. 8). It is advisable that the football community reacquaint itself with the Colts, as they will be more and more visible.
On page 50 of your pro football issue (Sept. 22) Mark Mulvoy stated "WE WILL ARRIVE IN '75 read the bumper stickers in Baltimore. They might rate by '78." Let us all be silent for a moment while he eats crow.
Come on, SI. Lots of general managers have put together good teams on paper. However, it's the coach who makes the team perform on the field. Joe Thomas may have had just a little help at Miami from Don Shula. If Thomas has a forte, it is picking the right coach—example, Ted Marchibroda.
EUGENE C. KENNY
In order to get back the alienated fan, the Colts need to make only one more change. They must cut Joe Thomas.
PASS THE KETCHUP
I find it amusing to reread a letter in your Sept. 22 issue which says, "The likes of Penn State, Florida, Texas and Texas A&M finishing higher than Notre Dame? Never." "Never" lasted less than two months.