How interesting that a picture of an Oklahoma State fraternity banner reading ROSE'S ARE RED/VIOLET'S ARE BLUE/MARCUS IS HISTORY/AND SO IS OU should appear in the same article as the statement that at Oklahoma Marcus Dupree had done "Zip. Nothing" in the classroom this year. It's obvious that the Oklahoma State students who constructed this banner have also done zip, nothing, in their English classrooms this year.
HENRY J. MONACO
John Underwood's article on former Tampa Bay Quarterback Doug Williams (Gone With the Wins, Oct. 24) reveals Williams for what he is: a greedy, prejudiced, mediocre quarterback who thinks everybody owes him something. His hope that the Buccaneers go 0-16 this season shows how unfeeling he is toward his former teammates and the coach who stuck with him during bad times. I'm not a Buc fan, but I wouldn't be a bit disappointed if they won the rest of their games.
Port Neches, Texas
I noted Doug Williams' statement. "If I was white, don't you think I'd have gotten what I wanted?" Vince Ferragamo is white and asked for less money, and he still ended up in Canada. Williams seems to be proof that racism is not just a white man's disease.
El Toro, Calif.
Why is it that when a black man is race conscious he is said to be "obsessed with race," while the entire white American system, with its institutionalized obsession with color, is viewed as normal? It isn't necessary for a white quarterback to think consciously of how many whites are on a team. He knows that the system has not regulated entry of people like him into pro football or any other profession. More important, he knows that he can count on positions like quarterback, center, middle linebacker and. above all, coach, to reflect his ethnocentric expectations. Were Tampa Bay Coach John McKay as sensitive to racial issues as he thinks he is, he wouldn't say such things.
State College, Pa.
ON THE RUN
Thank you for putting the Rams' sensational rookie running back, Eric Dickerson, on your Oct. 17 cover. In his story (The Run Also Rises), Paul Zimmerman pointed out that Dickerson's six-game rushing stats projected over a full season would give him 2,099 yards. He would also have 27 touchdowns and 162 points. Readers should be prepared to see Dickerson on SI's cover often. This is only the beginning.
Stony Point, N.Y.
Once in a while I get halfway through an article and say, "This guy is a good writer!" Every time I say this, the author turns out to be Paul Zimmerman. However, I'm getting to the point now where I know he's the writer without having to refer back to the opening page of a piece, because his stories are so superbly done.
Paul Zimmerman says the run is making a comeback in the pros. However, I agree with Buffalo Coach Kay Stephenson: "If there's a trend developing, I'm not aware of it, or at least it's not that noticeable." Even if rushing yardage has increased—by an average of a meager 13 yards per team per game—the passing attack doesn't seem to have been thwarted. Maybe your article simply should have said that offenses in general are tending to overpower the defenses.
EVAN C. NELSON
BASHINSKY ON PERKINS
John Underwood's article on Alabama Football Coach Ray Perkins (The Dawning of a New Day, Sept. 19) contains erroneous information about me and Golden Flake Snack Foods, Inc. Underwood quotes me as saying of Coach Perkins, "The way he's doing business, he'd better win." I have never made this statement. In fact, I have never spoken with Underwood or with any other representative of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED about Coach Perkins.
The statement which Underwood attributes to me is untrue and certainly does not represent my feelings about Coach Perkins and the Alabama football program. I support Coach Perkins and will continue to do so, and I have expressed this to him personally.
SLOAN Y. BASHINSKY SR.
Chairman of the Board
Golden Enterprises, Inc.
In response to reader Randy Durr's letter and Montana license plate touting the Chisox (19TH HOLE, Oct. 10), I think my plate (above) is more appropriate. After a 13-year wait, this New Yorker says: Be proud of your Orioles, Baltimore, and enjoy your world championship. You deserve it!