I enjoyed John Papanek's article on the Heisman Trophy candidates (Running for the Vote, Sept. 10). USC's Charles White is a good running back, but Oklahoma's Billy Sims is a great one. However, in your scouting reports on the Top 20, you have Oklahoma ranked 10th! Oklahoma is O.K. enough to be No. 1.
By looking at your Sept. 10 cover I can tell that the Heisman is leaning toward Sims.
New York City
I see that Charles White and Billy Sims are arguing over who will have the privilege of presenting the Heisman Trophy to Mark Herrmann of Purdue, the real No. 1 team in the country.
I found only one mistake in your college football issue. You had an extra "1" showing when you ranked Michigan No. 11.
Leaving Michigan State out of your Top 20 was a big mistake.
We found your article The Beastly Days of Autumn (Sept. 10) very entertaining. However, it seems that you have omitted the only live animal mascot in the entire NCAA that does more than just run around. The Air Force Academy falcon, reared and trained by cadets, demonstrates its skills by flying free around the stadium and diving after a lure during halftime of both home and away football games. We are very proud of our mascot here at the Academy and consider it much more exciting than the likes of bloodhounds, bulldogs and buffalo.
CADET SCOTT DERING
CADET MARTY FRANCE
CADET MICHAEL PAVLOFF
USAF Academy, Colo.
Paul Zimmerman has pronounced Bert Jones of the Colts and Earl Campbell of the Oilers the only two indispensable players in the NFL (Oh, No, Not Again! Sept. 10). Although I question the indispensability of any man in the NFL, certainly Walter Payton of the Bears, Terry Bradshaw of the Steelers and Bob Griese of the Dolphins are of comparable value to their respective teams. Cowboy fans could argue that Roger Staubach is equally indispensable, but we all know the only ones who are truly indispensable at Texas Stadium are the Dallas cheerleaders.
THIS SIDE OF LIVERPOOL
Clive Gammon's account of the Cosmos-Vancouver Whitecaps NASL National Conference Championship series (It Was a Cataclysm of Cosmic Proportion, Sept. 10) was nothing short of thrilling. He clearly has his finger on the pulse of international soccer, and his indifference to the hype that pervades most American sport is heartening. I'm sure that soccer will one day be the sport of all the world, including the U.S.—and that day will come soon if we can continue to depend on Gammon for some of the best reporting this side of Liverpool.
If Clive Gammon believes that the Vancouver Whitecaps' victory over the "arrogant" Cosmos was a vindication of his beloved English-style soccer, he is sadly mistaken. The Cosmos still have the best players and the most exciting soccer this side of Liverpool. The word arrogance describes only those who would belittle an organization for making it all possible. There would be no Vancouver Whitecaps, no North American Soccer League and, for that matter, no need for biased soccer analysts without the Cosmos.
WILLIAM J. GALLICANO, M.D.
New Rochelle, N.Y.