Paul Zimmerman's story on the Super Bowl (This Was the Time for One Good Man, Feb. 2) was superb. Because of all the excitement up here, I didn't get to watch very much of the game. However, Zimmerman's piece filled me in on all that I missed. Most people will remember Super Bowl Sunday's final score as Oakland 27, Philadelphia 10, but those who shared in the joy of having the hostages return home will always remember it as: U.S.A. 52, Iran 0!
CADET CHRISTOPHER A. KOZAK
West Point, N.Y.
Although I greatly admire Raider captain Gene Uphsaw, I totally resent him saying. "We're not a bunch of choirboys and Boy Scouts."
I happen to be a 13-year-old who is a Boy Scout, nearing the rank of Eagle Scout, and I can assure you that we are not a bunch of Dexters or "nice boys."
JOHN J. SPILLANE
Taking nothing away from Rod Martin, Jim Plunkett belonged on your Super Bowl cover. I feel you owe Jim an apology for snubbing him after the AFC championship game in favor of Mark van Eeghen and now ignoring him on your Super Bowl cover.
Thank you for Steve Wulf's profile on Rod Martin. No offense to Plunkett, but Martin's Super Bowl performance and his professional attitude toward the game should have won him the MVP award.
After reading Roy Johnson's article on Gus Williams (No Gus, No Glory, Feb. 2), it made me wonder what Seattle owner Sam Schulman's problem is. Over the last three seasons (not counting 1980-81) there has not been a better team in the NBA than Seattle. The Sonics were in the NBA finals two years in a row and were beaten by the eventual NBA champs in the Western Conference finals last year. This season, though, it looks as if they won't even make the playoffs. If Sam isn't willing to pay good money for a great player then he doesn't deserve to own a championship team. Seattle has led the league in attendance the last two years, so there can't be that much of a financial problem.
Come on, Sam, snap out of it, pay Gus Williams what he's worth.
As I sit reading my $1.50 SI and sipping my 40� can of beer, my middle-class heart hangs heavy for Gus Williams as he spins his $25 basketball while seated on his $35,000 Mercedes Benz.
Gus is a tremendous basketball player with immeasurable talent; he is also typical of the many greedy professional athletes of today.
Their get-all-you-can-while-you-can attitude is hurting all sports, especially baseball and basketball. It's not a matter of whether or not the owners will go broke but when.