SUPER STEELERS II
For an avid Dallas Cowboy fan, the Super Bowl loss was a bitter pill to swallow. But thanks to a few days of recuperation and your article (Dallas Feels the Steeler Crunch, Jan. 26), I've regained my appetite and can now sleep at night. Dan Jenkins' story made me realize that the Cowboys have a lot to be proud of. Their tremendous season fell just one miracle short of the ultimate goal.
Arlington Heights, Ill.
Is there any question, any doubt, that Pittsburgh is the finest defensive team playing football today?
M. T. ROBINSON
The Pittsburgh Steelers played an exceptionally good game, as illustrated in your article. However, keep in mind the final score: 21-17. With only a four-point difference, don't you think Dallas deserved at least one photograph depicting a successful Cowboy play?
Kennett Square, Pa.
Cowboy Cornerback Mark Washington has no reason to feel bad. Pittsburgh's No. 88, Lynn Swann, could catch a snow-flake in a wind tunnel. I'm a Dallas fan from way back, but, my, that Swann can fly!
RUTGERS' CLAIMS TO FAME
Thanks for the article on Rutgers' fine basketball team (Fresh Rapids on the Old Raritan, Jan. 26). During the past two or three seasons, Eastern teams like Rutgers, Syracuse and Pitt (I wish I could say West Virginia) have had very successful basketball campaigns, but they have rarely gotten nationwide publicity. Rutgers is a super team and, like every other Eastern basketball fan, I hope it doesn't choke near the finish.
Charleston, W. Va.
It is discouraging, disgusting and disappointing to note the publicity given Rutgers. Even though the Scarlet Knights won't play a Top Ten team, you rank them No. 1 in the East. Do you honestly believe they could defeat Maryland or Carolina or any ACC school? Their undefeated status only reflects their patsy schedule.
STEVEN D. NEWMARK
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Larry Keith's article contains a slight error that I believe you would want called to your attention. It is the reference to Rutgers alumnus Joyce Kilmer's home being an American Legion Post. This is no longer correct. In 1969 the State of New Jersey's Historical Sites Division purchased the Kilmer home to preserve it as a historical landmark. On June 29, 1972 a group of interested citizens formed the Joyce Kilmer Birthplace Restoration Committee, and the home has since been leased to this committee by the state. In 1973 American Legion Post No. 25, which had occupied the building for many years, joined with the nearby Milltown American Legion Post.
JOHN V. DONNELLY
Joyce Kilmer Birthplace Association
New Brunswick, N.J.
The contrast presented in your Jan. 26 issue between The Tacky Triangle (An Honest Travel Story) and Sanibel Island (Island Paradise, Perhaps) is noteworthy. As a native of Florida (I grew up two miles from the Monkey Jungle), I can only wish that the attitudes that are saving Sanibel had prevailed statewide 30 years ago, when Florida was still fresh, open and uncrowded. Ironically, the developers and hucksters destroyed everything that made southern Florida a place people wanted to visit. Instead of a semitropical bounty, there is now Asphalt Ugly. The only thing unspoiled is the sunshine—and, let us hope, Sanibel.
ARLETTE FONTAINE MILLER
All we can say about Frank Deford's article is that Florida is a great place to live, but we wouldn't want to visit it.
ALAN AND HARRIET GORDON
Frank Deford is to be commended for a fine tribute to The Tacky Triangle. Now I know that I've got to see Cypress Gardens and the Aquamaids' pyramid. Four pillow-maps! Gee!
Old Tappan, N.J.