The USFL can boast one thing: balance among its teams. At this writing, 10 of the league's 12 franchises are battling for playoff spots. In more than half a century the NFL hasn't found a way to accomplish that.
As for boring games, try baseball in any stadium in America. That game was designed for insomniacs. No. The USFL will live. In fact, who said it was sick?
ROBERT M. MACSI
William Oscar Johnson was very fair in his analysis of the USFL's progress. However, I am perturbed by your repeated lack of articles on the teams themselves. How about giving us an article on the playoff outlook? Better yet, why not send someone to Pontiac, Mich. to cover those incredible Panthers following their six-game winning streak? You would find out there is nothing more exciting than watching Panther Quarterback Bobby Hebert slinging touchdown passes. I guess the problem is that any team that isn't on a coastline or in a major media city is out of luck. Come on, SI. Go, Panthers!
CHRISTOPHER T. CASEY
The USFL story by William Oscar Johnson was an interesting one. The USFL's difficulties were blamed by various spokesmen on spring, the weather, stadium sizes, TV coverage, local cops, schedules, fan expectations—I'm surprised President Reagan and Secretary of the Interior James Watt weren't included! No credit was given to the fans or TV viewers, who can judge dull, boring, mediocre sport all by themselves.
I'm glad the "deep pocket" owners will have a great tax write-off. Maybe they should have tried a green football.
I believe that I speak for all those privileged to know Linda Vaughn as a friend when I say thank you to Bob Ottum for his fine article (From a Vamp to a Veep, May 23). For far too long, Linda's countless contributions to motor sports and her superior business acumen have been ignored in favor of her obvious physical attributes. At last SI has shown the good taste to publish a story that celebrates the woman behind the beauty queen.
We will all miss Linda at the races. At some events her presence was the main attraction. But her promotion to a vice-president at Cars & Concepts is a richly deserved reward for her years as goodwill ambassador for Hurst products. Her unwavering devotion and unflagging good spirit in the face of a pressure-packed schedule show her to be a true professional in the finest tradition of the sport.
Santa Ana, Calif.
The hell with your annual swimsuit issue, just give me Linda Vaughn once a year!
I was glad to read in SCORECARD (May 23) that Kevin Ross [the basketball player who after four years at Creighton University was still virtually unable to read] has recently become academically motivated, and I wish him well in his future pursuits.