NOW ABOUT THAT JINX
Being a true Arkansas Razorback fan, each year I believe that we will beat Texas. This year was no different. All the factors were in our favor: The Razorbacks hadn't played up to their potential, Texas had beaten Oklahoma handily and it was ranked No. 1 in both wire service polls (we all know what had happened to the three previous No. 1 teams). But the icing on the cake came on Friday before the Texas game when I found, to my pleasure, that SI had put the Longhorns on the cover of the Oct. 19 issue. I loved it! I knew the game was ours!
Just in case there's something to the jinx, please don't put the University of Arizona Wildcats on the cover. (How about Arizona State instead?)
DOUGLAS A. HOFFMANN
Don't put Penn State's Nittany Lions on your cover until after they've defeated Alabama, Notre Dame and Pitt.
FRANK J. MILKO
How about doing a cover story on the next opponent of our beloved but unfortunate Seattle Seahawks? We're desperate for a victory.
I enjoyed your article on the Miami Dolphins (New Names but Still No Names, Oct. 12), though one thing puzzles me. I notice that on the back of his helmet each Miami player wears not only his own number but also a black square with the number 51 in it. What is the meaning of this?
?The number 51 was worn by Linebacker Rusty Chambers, a five-year Dolphin veteran, who died last July in an auto crash.—ED.
BEHIND THE PLATE
You said that among Dwayne Crutchfield's other accomplishments (A Collision Course with Destiny, Sept. 28) was being named the All-City catcher in the Cincinnati high school area in 1978. That is wrong. My son, Dave Browning, a graduate of McNicholas High School, was the All-City catcher in Class AAA that year and Frank Hess was All-City in AAA, the only other category.
GARY D. BROWNING
First-class job on your "Hockey '81-82" package and the Wayne Gretzky article (The Best and Getting Better, Oct. 12).
You talk of Gretzky's knack of setting himself up behind his opponent's goal and making his plays from there—and say that this tactic is revolutionizing the game.
I have to disagree. Wayne is super at using the net, but I believe there was a No. 21 who played 20-odd years for Chicago and used the net in the same manner. I'm talking about Stan Mikita—Mr. Black Hawk.