PENN STATE'S NUMBER
I have just read John Underwood's account of the Penn State-Maryland game (A Lionized Defense, Nov. 13), and I loved it. Seeing the game on TV was great, but reading the article was even better. Long live Penn State Coach Joe Paterno!
Boca Raton, Fla.
If Penn State does not finish the season undefeated and/or national champ, I will never forgive SI for putting Quarterback Chuck Fusina on the cover.
SI readers are familiar with the supposed SI cover jinx. I always maintained that this phenomenon was more coincidence than anything else. And now, for me, anyway, the jinx has been put to rest with the Nov. 13 issue. After Chuck Fusina graced your cover, and after Nebraska upset Oklahoma, Penn State was elevated to No. 1 in both polls!
John Underwood's article on the Nittany Lions includes the question "How good is Penn State?" The answer is: Not good enough to beat Alabama!
THE COWBOYS' CHANCES
What? Doomsday for Dallas (It Could Be Doomsday for Dallas, Nov. 13)? The Cowboys are having troubles, sure, but it's nothing new to see them lose four games. They've done it before and still ended up in the Super Bowl. Come Jan. 21, I think you'll see some old friends in the Super Bowl.
Fairmont, W. Va.
The Dallas Cowboys put it all together against the Green Bay Packers in Milwaukee on Nov. 12 and looked like the world champions they are!
Although we remain optimistic about the Cowboys' chances this season, we would like to remind everyone that what has been predicted for them—a fifth Super Bowl appearance and a third Super Bowl victory—has yet to be accomplished by any team in the NFL.
MONICA DEL DUCA
Sam Moses always captures the down-home flavor of the Grand National Championship circuit. His most recent effort on Cale Yarborough (Nice Meetin' Ya, the Name's Cale, Nov. 6) was, by far, his finest.
Your article on Kentucky's Jim Kovach (What's Up, Doc? Nearly Too Much, Nov. 13) provoked much thought on my part. Kovach is a remarkable individual. Moreover, simultaneously attending medical school and participating in big-time college football is quite an undertaking. However, what got me is that Kovach is also married and has a youngster. If he spends up to 20 hours a day on his two major involvements—med school and football—how can he possibly have enough time to spend with his young son, not to mention his wife? Is all this personal glory and recognition worth it? I, for one, don't think so.
Jim Kovach's determination and Kentucky Coach Fran Curci's understanding are only two of many reasons why Commonwealth Stadium is always filled with 58,000 fans, whether Kentucky wins or loses.
FRED L. CRACE