REVITALIZING THE NFL (CONT.)
Here's another prescription for the moribund patient (Dr. Z's R To Revive The NFL, Nov. 12): Bring back the drop-kick for a two-point conversion. Consider the recent Miami- Philadelphia game. The Eagles have just scored a touchdown to make it 24-23 Miami. The holder kneels in position, but forget the blocked PAT; instead, imagine that the ball is centered directly to the kicker, who takes two steps and makes a George Gipp drop-kick. It's 25-24 Philadelphia. Delirium. No tie. Heidi as scheduled. Highlights at 11.
I loved Flying Bikes And Wealthy Tykes (Nov. 12)! Mike Goodwin, a king of hype for sure, has taken a thrilling participant sport and created a spectator sport that is as popular with the fans as it is with the sponsors.
However, Barry McDermott apparently was so distracted by Goodwin's overwhelming drive and energy that he didn't take much time to talk with the fans about why they think Supercross is such a good show or to talk with the 16-year-old kids riding wide open to take Johnny O'Mara's first-place trophy from him. What's the attraction of Supercross? It's the intense excitement, hot competition and enormous payouts. And it's the American dream. It's folks saying "Heck, maybe my kid could take that checkered flag and the $100,000 bonus."
El Toro, Calif.
It's interesting that following your report on the decline of the NFL you would have an article on Supercross (stadium motocross). Could this be futuresport?
In your EXTRA POINTS item (Nov. 19) about the song Hoosier Heartland, Jill Lieber accurately predicted that the tune wouldn't make the Top 10 in Baltimore. We're familiar with Bob Irsay teams, and we'd like to make a prediction, too: When Indianapolis gets used to the kind of losing football it has been experiencing this year, then Hoosier Heartland won't be a hit there, either. As for Colt G.M. Jim Irsay, we suggest that he pay more attention to football records than music records, because the Colts' Indianapolis mark (4-7 at this writing) is not going gold.
NOT BRADLEY'S WORDS
There is an error in FOOTBALL'S WEEK (Nov. 5) relating to a story I did for The Daily Oklahoman's preseason football tabloid. N. Brooks Clark leads off his weekly roundup by saying that Oklahoma quarterback Danny Bradley "told The Daily Oklahoman," etc. What follows is not what Bradley told me but what my lead was in the story.
The Daily Oklahoman
A Milepost? Joe Willie, Broadway Joe, the man who led the New York Jets to the greatest upset victory in NFL history in Super Bowl III gets married, and all it warrants is an entry in Mileposts (FOR THE RECORD, NOV. 19)? Come on, SI, give us a photo of Deborah Lynn Mays, the woman who wed the athletic world's greatest bachelor.
DAVID L. BALL
?Here she is, with hubby Joe.—ED.