Chalk up another one. You've done it again! Amid all the talk of the Super Bowl and the NFL vs. the USFL, you've informed America about one of the best "quarterbacks"—if not the best—of a pregame show, Brent Musburger (Not Just Another Pretty Face, Jan. 16). William Taaffe not only portrayed Musburger as a true professional, but he also pointed out Brent's lighter side. The article was a pleasure to read.
MICHAEL E. FITZHARRIS
Thank you for the article on Brent Musburger. I've been a fan of his for some time. I enjoy the way he keeps viewers updated on football. Jimmy the Greek and Phyllis George have always bored me—I've picked the games better than Jimmy, and Phyllis' trivia disgusts me. I was raised in a football family—my uncle, the late Ray Morrison, was the first athletic director and football coach at SMU—and when I watch sports on TV, football news, scores and action are uppermost in my mind, not worthless predictions or irrelevant comments about such things as Tom Landry's hat or references to the sportscaster's personal life. Keep it up, Brent.
LUCY MORRISON STONEBERG
Yorba Linda, Calif.
So, an executive at a rival network faults Brent Musburger, a sports-journalism genius and a paragon of on-the-air cool, because "he's not even very interested in chasing women." Doesn't this executive know that Musburger has a wife and kids, or does he think that womanizing is an essential part of good living? It's little wonder that television is littered with trashy programming.
It is likely that I am one of the "poor saps" who are queuing up while Brent Musburger and NFL Today executive producer Ted Shaker are running the Greenwich, Conn, toll plaza. For SPORTS ILLUSTRATED to imply that it's simply an "outrageous stunt" to make a practice of "flooring it" through a restricted speed zone is to condone a dangerous practice. I know how long it takes to get from New York to Greenwich (about 45 to 50 minutes), and if Brent and Ted consume all the beer they take along with them, they just might be slightly high by the time they zoom past me. I think it's time we stopped celebrating those who "can't resist" such behavior and encouraged them to set more responsible examples.
REBECCA YOUNT LEWIS
Two to three cans of beer consumed in one hour could result in a blood-alcohol level of .04 to .06, enough to increase the risk of a crash. Every day in the U.S. some 70 people are killed and nearly 2,000 injured in alcohol-related auto accidents. Come on, Brent. No drinking and driving.
MIKE IRWIN, M.D.
Thanks for publishing Musburger's license-plate number. It will make it easier for others to avoid a potentially drinking driver with no regard for the law. No wonder he likes to keep his personal life private; he might lose the Mr. Goodperson title you gave him.
PAUL G. BASAMAN
Sylvan Lake, Mich.
How can you justify six pages of drivel on Brent Musburger? Who cares?
You have recently had fine stories on Howard Cosell and Brent Musburger. Now how about one on Dick Enberg, the best in the business.
Swartz Creek, Mich.
THE USFL VS. THE NFL
In response to William Oscar Johnson's article Can the USFL Cut the Mustard? (Jan. 16), I say, You bet it can!
I've been a pro football fan for more than 20 years and the NFL is boring, boring, boring! This season provided us with some pitiful TV games. For me to remain interested in pro football, I need some new rivalries, and that is what the USFL offers. The USFL also has better scoring rules—the two-point conversion, for example.