Also, no problems. Enter the obligatory piece on how Notre Dame is the next best thing to paradise in college athletics, presented on no fewer than 11 pages, background courtesy of the university's top two administrators. That's like asking Don King if anything is amiss in pro boxing.
Why is Notre Dame unique? Examine your own publication. When it comes to media coverage that borders on propaganda, the Irish are a majority of one.
JOHN C. HARTLE
HARD-WON NO. 1
As a die-hard Penn State football fan, I offer my hearty congratulations to John Papanek on his superbly written account of the Sugar Bowl game (But How 'Bout Them Lions?, Jan. 10). Coach Joe Paterno is truly deserving of this elusive national championship. His loyalty and the dignity he has brought to Penn State are indicative of his class, and Todd Blackledge and Curt Warner are products of his emphasis on character and fundamentals. Seventeen years is a long time to wait, but that makes the championship all the more sweet.
It's a terrible shame that once-beaten Penn State was ranked No. 1 and undefeated SMU No. 2. Shouldn't it be the other way around? Let's hear it for the SMU Mustangs!
Your article on "expert deer hunter" Joe DeFalco ("Hey, You Wanna Deer?", Jan. 10) is offensive to the experienced deer hunter. At a time when there are more than enough antihunting nuts on the loose, this story only serves to give them ammunition—no pun intended—for their misguided cause.
"...a truck air horn blasts so that people and deceased deer can be picked up...." "Deceased?" How about "killed" or "slain." Please don't forget that while Joe DeFalco may consider hunting deer with a party of 35, rifles and side-band radios a sport, there are others who consider it an atrocity.
Mountain Lakes, N.J.
Robert H. Boyle's article was simply beautiful, and it seems he couldn't have written it about a better sportsman than Joe DeFalco. The article depicted what I have been trying to stress to non-hunters about the sport—that hunters come from all walks of life and are not as bad as they are made out to be.
DREW J. KUNKEL
University Park, Pa.
PAUL ZIMMERMAN'S ALL-PROS
Dr. Z has done it again (The Cream of a Sour Season, Jan. 10)! Few have recognized Tampa Bay's Hugh Green as the finest outside linebacker in football. The good doctor is an astute observer of football excellence.
It's refreshing that a notable media representative selected an All-Pro team based on actual talent and current performance. Too often all-star selections are a product of media popularity and past accomplishments.
Dr. Z should be hit with a malpractice suit for overlooking Ken Anderson in favor of Dan Fouts as All-Pro quarterback. And choosing Dwight Clark over Marcus Allen as Player of the Year is incomprehensible. Come on. Dr. Z. Before you reach a diagnosis, do a thorough examination.
East Liverpool, Ohio