After USC Tailback Marcus Allen's magnificent performance against Oklahoma (Them's the Bounces, Oct. 5), it seems to me they may as well close the voting on this year's Heisman Trophy recipient. Rushing for 208 yards against the Sooner defense is a feat.
I have to believe now that the only thing that's worse than watching Marcus Allen run around, over, under and through the Oregon State defense in a 56-22 rout on Oct. 3 is coming home after the game, grabbing SI and seeing "Rolling Thunder" on the cover. Thanks loads!
In your two pictures of Marcus Allen, why does he have a different face mask in the photograph on page 28 than the one he's shown wearing on the cover?
?According to a USC spokesman, Allen's original helmet was cracked—and Allen "saw stars"—when he was hit by three Oklahoma defenders on a short-gain play in the second quarter. The helmet shown on page 28 is the replacement.—ED.
You stated that Oklahoma's Barry Switzer had never before coached in the L.A. Coliseum and thus lacked firsthand knowledge of the USC tradition. Switzer was in his first year as Oklahoma's head coach when the Sooners played USC in the Coliseum in 1973 and tied the then No. 1-ranked Trojans 7-7, thus ending a 14-game Trojan victory streak.
As a formerly intense fan of baseball, I support your editorial on the split season (SCORECARD, Oct. 5). It's ludicrous and a disgrace to the Grand Old Game to watch Cincinnati finish with baseball's best record—I refuse to use the word "overall"—and yet not have a shot at the World Series. What's more, I don't care if Bowie Kuhn wears Bermuda shorts and goes shirtless at the Series, I can't accept baseball in the same month as Thanksgiving, whether it be in Montreal or L.A.
The team with the best won-lost record in the National League West? Cincinnati. The playoff teams? Los Angeles and Houston.
The team with the best won-lost record in the National League East? St. Louis. The playoff teams? Philadelphia and Montreal.
Would you ask Bowie Kuhn to tell me again—this time a bit more slowly—about the integrity of the game?
FRANK J. GILLIGAN
I glanced at the contents page of my Oct. 5 issue just before dinner. The appealing title, Nasty Little Devil, caught my eye, then the Bil Gilbert byline. Hot damn! Although I'm normally an attentive family man, I became oblivious of my domestic surroundings as I shared Gilbert's exotic adventure.