Congratulations to the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers and to the runner-up Dallas Cowboys for cutting through the hoopla and the hype to play a classic football game. Congratulations, too, to Terry Bradshaw, whose courage and faith—not to mention his super talents as a quarterback—rightly earned him the Most Valuable Player award.
And congratulations to Joe Marshall and Robert F. Jones for superb pregame briefings (Super Showdowns, Jan. 22). Their articles were interesting, informative—and right on the button.
Terry Bradshaw may not be able to spell cat—according to Thomas ( Hollywood) Henderson—but he sure can spell victory. That is something Henderson couldn't spell in the Super Bowl.
Give my regards to " Hollywood."
With Pittsburgh's victory in Super Bowl XIII, the AFC's dominance over the NFC continues. Since 1969, the record is 8-2 for the AFC, with both NFC victories belonging to the Cowboys.
I agree with Joe Marshall that the Super Bowl is usually something less than super, but for him to say that having the Minnesota Vikings take part is the worst thing that can happen is underhanded. The fact that the Vikings have played in the Super Bowl game four times in the last 10 years proves they're a good team.
Fergus Falls, Minn.
I've been waiting for the article Yankee from Louisiana (Jan. 22) ever since Ron Guidry made it to the majors permanently. I played minor league ball against him on a few occasions—he struck me out three times in one game. It was at that point that I realized he had guts behind that slight build. He is truly a master of his art. His intensity is terrifying (to say nothing of his fastball). But most of all, he showed that it doesn't matter what other people think of you, just what you think of yourself. He persevered through the long bus rides, the poor playing conditions and the demoralizing treatment he received from "the men upstairs." That's more than I can say for myself, an ex-journeyman second baseman.
This article lends support to my conviction that Guidry was the only choice for Sportsman of the Year 1978. Take it from a displaced Cajun.
JAMES J. (JACQUES) CUMMINGS
El Segundo, Calif.
Sam Moses' article is superb. It seems as though Ron Guidry can do no wrong. One added anecdote: during his four-hit victory over the Dodgers in the fourth game of the 1977 World Series, Guidry made his first major league appearance at the plate. (To my knowledge, he is the first player in the history of the game whose first at bat occurred in a World Series game.) Guidry handled the pressure admirably by laying down a perfect sacrifice bunt.
Ron Guidry needs another lawyer. His four-season $600,000 contract is pitiful. Tommy John won't fill Yankee Stadium the way the Cajun will.
College Park, Md.