Awww c'mon, Paul Zimmerman, the Giants won, big deal (Awww C'mon, Ray, the Giants Won! Give Us a Smile, Oct. 15). SI's first article on the Giants in I don't know how long and you let the most inept, egotistical management in sports off the hook. The Maras—Wellington and Tim—have blatantly abused football's most loyal fans for too long. At least your article focused on the problem: the owners are in the catbird seat.
ERIC B. LUND
Big deal! Ray Perkins got the Giants a win that seemed long overdue. Everybody gets a break once. The real question is: Can Perkins lead the Giants to a winning season and possibly a wild-card playoff spot? Only time will tell, but Maras beware. We Giant fans haven't discarded our 15 YEARS OF LOUSY FOOTBALL; WE'VE HAD ENOUGH T shirts.
New York City
Go Big Blue! Please tell Paul Zimmerman that his article on the New York Giants was as accurate as a Joe Danelo extra point (whenever he gets the opportunity to kick one). As for the Giants and their fans, we shall overcome.
STEPHEN J. MACHOWSKI
A&M VS. MIAMI
I've just finished reading Tom Archdeacon's article about a fine football team, Florida A&M, and a fine football coach, Rudy Hubbard. Being black and a resident of Florida, I am proud of FAMU's achievements, but I have some problems with the Rattlers' victory over the University of Miami. One problem is that I am a former Miami football captain (1973) who supports the Hurricane program and works toward making it a better one. A second problem is that I think many people have already blown this particular Rattler victory out of proportion.
At this point, Miami has a poor football team. We are young and inexperienced, although Coach Howard Schnellenberger gives the program stability. This current crop of Hurricanes has not yet learned how to win games, whereas FAMU is a defending national champion.
FAMU, in fact, did beat a Division IA team, a task comparable to Lehigh beating Penn State or Chico State beating USC. The difference is that Miami is now a school with the posture of a loser trying to rebuild. Florida A&M is capable of beating other Division IA schools, but the Rattlers are not ready for the big time. They beat Miami by three points (because Miami missed a 20-yard field goal) and outgained the Hurricanes by only 16 yards.
When this season is reviewed we will see that a great Division IAA school beat a Division IA school that will finish with a 3-8 or 4-7 record.
Congratulations, FAMU, but calm down.
Regarding Douglas S. Looney's account of the LSU-USC football game (Nearly a Vale of Tears, Oct. 8), it is apparent that LSU's fans are very loyal to their team. However, when Looney states, "Nowhere are the rooters as loyal in defeat," I must point out the University of Wisconsin fans.
Since 1970, despite an overall 42-51-5 record. Badger football fans have averaged 69,004 per game—among the highest in the nation. And this year, despite a 2-4 start, they are averaging more than 74,000 per game.