CHARLES WHITE & CO.
I thoroughly enjoyed John Underwood's article on USC's long line of star tailbacks (It's Not Just a Run of Luck, Nov. 20). It was interesting, informative and almost flawless. Almost. Underwood states that should USC's Charles White not win this year's Heisman Trophy, "then surely [he will win] next season, when he will be a senior." Although White's average of 146.2 yards per game is impressive, Oklahoma's Billy Sims, also a junior, averaged 160.2. Sims is the nation's leading rusher. He and Penn State's Chuck Fusina are top candidates for the 1978 Heisman award. Should Sims beat out Fusina for this year's Heisman, next year he might even join former Ohio State great Archie Griffin as a two-time winner.
Ted Brown has rewritten a few record books in his four years at North Carolina State. He is fourth on the NCAA alltime career-yards rushing list with a total of 4,602, behind Tony Dorsett (6,082), Archie Griffin (5,177) and Ed Marinaro (4,715). No matter how you look at it, Brown is keeping good company. Let's wait and see where USC's Charles White is after another year.
You have written about every leading Heisman Trophy candidate but Rick Leach of Michigan.
Lathrup Village, Mich.
?See page 26.—ED.
Let's give the Heisman to someone who deserves it—Georgia Tech Running Back Eddie Lee Ivery.
SIMS AND PERSELL
In your article Nebraska Was on the Loose (Nov. 20), you asked the question "Who else [besides Oklahoma's Billy Sims] has tied an NCAA record by stringing together three 200-yard games in a row this season?" If you check your Oct. 9 issue, you'll find that Jerome Persell of Western Michigan University, your Offensive Player of the Week, accomplished this feat by gaining 205 yards against Northern Illinois, 226 yards against Miami of Ohio and 209 yards against Bowling Green. Persell rushed for a total of 1,346 yards this season and is currently seventh on the NCAA alltime career-yards rushing list with a total of 4,190 gained in three years.
In SCORECARD (Nov. 20), your recital of the Air Force Academy's kidnapping of the Colorado State ram is essentially correct, but you failed to tell the whole story. After the animal had demolished two stalls and therefore had been returned to Colorado State, CSU honored its mascot with a special citation for gaining more yardage in one weekend than the entire CSU football team had gained all year.
NEW YORK'S SHERO
As a diehard Ranger fan who has endured the ulcer-producing lean years, I was delighted with Jerry Kirshenbaum's article A Revival Is a Smash Off Broadway (Nov. 20). One cannot begin to imagine the abuse Ranger fans have taken in recent years. Fred Shero is the best thing to happen to New York sports since George Steinbrenner.
"Gonk" is not the exclusive property of the NHL (SCORECARD, Nov. 20). When I was in my 40s, I belonged to a skating club and played hockey one or two hours a week during the-winter for five years. Every year I had a mild rash at four points where my shin pads apparently irritated my skin. I never had the rash before I started playing; and when I retired, it went away for good. The only other thing I can add is that ammonia wasn't the cause; our rink used Freon.
The achievements of Park Barner Jr. (On and On and On and On, Nov. 20) have long gone unnoticed by the public because for years no one was interested in the outer fringe of runners who competed in ultradistance races. Yet his accomplishments almost defy imagination. Twentieth-century man isn't designed to run such extraordinary distances. In fact, during the 1960s, the average human collapse point was thought to be about a one-block walk from home—or up one flight of stairs—hence, the need to take the car to the corner drugstore and the enormous popularity of ranch-style homes. Four trips to the kitchen from the television room were considered "heavy training" for one evening. Barner has at least made us aware that we can extend the human body well beyond what many of us felt was possible. He should be an inspiration to all who enjoy the sport of running.
ANDREW G. MCLANAHAN IV
Camp Hill, Pa.