That is an incredible cover shot (Jan. 28) of an incredible player ( John Stallworth) by an incredible photographer ( Walter Iooss Jr.).
Art Center College of Design
Walter Iooss Jr.'s cover photograph of John Stallworth's great catch and Rod Perry's equally fantastic attempt to deflect that Bradshaw bomb more than lives up to your magazine's name, as it clearly illustrates just how close the grossly underrated Rams came to pulling a Namath-type miracle in Super Bowl XIV. Great game! Equally great coverage!
Redondo Beach, Calif.
Until now, I had thought that Manny Milan's picture of Arkansas' Sidney Moncrief on your Feb. 13, 1978 cover was incredible. However, the photograph of John Stall-worth's touchdown reception is a classic.
TERENCE S. MOORE
The only other cover shot that could possibly equal this one is Heinz Kluetmeier's Jan. 26, 1976 photo of Lynn Swann making one of his patented catches against Dallas in Super Bowl X.
Football's detractors who see the game only as a sadistic expression of our violent society should study your Jan. 28 cover photo. The beauty and grace captured by that fantastic shot are worth ten thousand words.
It's interesting that Willie Stargell was assigned by SI to shoot the Super Bowl (LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER, Jan. 28). But I'd rather read about how your regular staff photographers do it. Walter Iooss Jr.'s cover shot captured the climactic millisecond of the 1980 Super Bowl. It also shows clearly why Stall-worth should have been the MVP. SI's marvelous photojournalists deserve nothing less than a feature story.
ROBERT S. SAXON
You blew the coverage. Can't we see just one of Willie Stargell's photos?
PAUL J. CASSIDY
Radio Station KWST
?Sure, see below.—ED.
THE MOSCOW GAMES (CONT.)
I must compliment you on your special report The Olympic Ultimatum (Jan. 28). The U.S. has real problems with the Soviets in Afghanistan, and to go ahead with the Olympics as if nothing had ever happened would be inexcusable. It is inexcusable for the International Olympic Committee to bury its head in the sand and try not to notice the great wave of sentiment that is sweeping the world in favor of either boycotting the Olympics or moving them out of Moscow.
Thanks for an excellent editorial. It's obvious your priorities are where they belong.