Re This Could Be Their Last Grasp, Nov. 10: Ridiculous, ridiculous, ridiculous.
Don't ever count the Steelers out. Super Bowl XV belongs to Pittsburgh. I'd bet my life on it.
I find it unbelievable that you could print an article giving up on the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers when both of their starting wide receivers were out, together with their best running back and their regular quarterback. How could you expect them to play at their normal level of excellence?
Keep an eye on those Steelers and watch them get "one for the thumb."
Mercer Island, Wash.
Most Steeler fans (and SI, too) make more noise when the Steelers go awry than when they win consistently. Fans in Pittsburgh don't appreciate Steeler wins, they expect them. The days go by, the fans wake up, eat, work, go back to sleep, day in, day out. And when Sunday comes, they wake up, eat, the Steelers win and they go back to sleep. It's a routine, and when this routine is broken with a Steeler loss—look out. "Bums!" "They've had it!" And so forth.
THE MARQUE OF GREATNESS
Thank you for being among the first to recognize Marques Johnson as one of the premier forwards in the NBA (At the Top of His Profession, Nov. 10). Johnson is overshadowed by other players because he doesn't receive as much ink or get a lot of exposure through endorsements.
I'm glad, too, that John Papanek mentioned Johnson's excellent education. Many people think all college athletes take nothing but easy classes to graduate. Perhaps this will lead people to reconsider.
Photographer Lane Stewart did a superb job in showing the grace of a professional basketball player.
John Papanek as much as said that Marques Johnson was the best forward in basketball. I agree. He also said Magic Johnson had "no equal at guard." I disagree. Granted, Magic is good and getting better, but he's certainly not the best. The best all-round guard in basketball is Dennis Johnson. David Thompson and Paul Westphal are both better than Magic. And Michael Ray Richardson, Ray Williams and George Gervin are certainly his equal.
NEW OLD SAN ANTONE
The article on the San Antonio Spurs (Spurs That Jingle Jangle Mangle, Nov. 10) was great for only a two-page story. The Spurs, though, should be on your cover. San Antonio's recent road victories over Los Angeles and Seattle, the NBA champs the last two seasons, should tell you something about Coach Stan Albeck's "new" team. One more thing: Hey, Iceman, with the Lumberjacks and the rest of the gang shooting well, you don't have to find your jump shot. Just make sure the man you're guarding doesn't find his.