Thank you for the excellent cover picture and Douglas S. Looney's fine article on Doug Flutie (A Little Man on Campus, Sept. 26). Boston College finally has gotten the recognition it deserves as one of the top football teams in the nation. It's worth noting that in addition to having the most exciting quarterback in the country, BC also has the most exciting basketball player, Point Guard Michael Adams. Funny, BC was the only Division I-A college to recruit either player. I guess that's the advantage of being a Jesuit school: We get scouting reports from higher authorities.
Boston College '86
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
That Boston College lost to West Virginia 27-17 immediately after Doug Flutie graced your cover is merely a coincidence. No sensible sports fan would give any credibility to the alleged SI cover jinx, although the list of coincidences is suspiciously long. If you're smart, you'll stick to your guns and put anyone on your cover you feel worthy of the honor. Might I suggest that your photographers spend a lot of time with the 76ers and the Lakers once the NBA season tips off? I never said I was sensible.
To be sure, Doug Flutie is a fine quarterback. But the most exciting player in New England since Albie Booth? Former Look sports editor Tim Cohane needs to be reminded of the late Harry Agganis. In the early '50s the Golden Greek led Boston University to victories over such powers as Miami, West Virginia and Syracuse. He was a genuine quadruple threat: passer, runner, punter and placekicker, and he called defensive signals from his safety position.
Agganis was the MVP in the 1953 Senior Bowl, a No. 1 draft choice of the Cleveland Browns and also a star in baseball, a sport he played professionally with the Red Sox until his death—from pneumonia—at age 25. Until Flutie matches that record, there can be no comparison.
A few years ago Douglas S. Looney's offhand remark regarding Harvard football—"While they can spell football in Cambridge, they can't play it very well"—might have been considered charming and witty. But today too many athletes who cannot spell football may be playing major college sports. College football was meant to make room for academics and fun. One can only wish the best to those who combine these ingredients as Doug Flutie and Boston College seem to be doing. As for Harvard, disregarding the Crimson's proud football tradition, I can attest to the presence of academics and fun.
New York City
The license plate reading COOOOP, shown in your article "I'm the Gehrig of My Time" (Sept. 19), reflects the true feeling of the people of Wisconsin concerning their unsung hero. Brewer slugger Cecil Cooper.
The plate in the enclosed photograph (above) exemplifies the true feeling of the people on the South Side of Chicago—and of one person in Montana—who are preparing themselves for what we hope will be the White Sox' first World Series appearance in more than 20 years.