While there is no question that base stealing is a smart offensive move when employed in the right situation, as are sacrificing, taking a pitch on a 3 and 0 count with the bases empty, etc., it's an ugly blemish on the integrity of baseball when used as Henderson has too often used it. Henderson has been stealing bases for Henderson, not for the Oakland A's. I say let's keep base-stealing "contests" in their proper place: alongside old-timers' games, fathers-sons games and the other sideshows.
JEFFREY JOHN FRAZIER
How dare you subject me to a double issue on college and pro football (The First College & Pro Football Spectacular, Sept. 1)? Do you realize that the sizable amount of information and the large number of terrific photos and the numerous stories on interesting personalities in that special issue will force a drastic change in my life-style? That extra beer may never be retrieved from my refrigerator. The fertilizer might not get on my lawn until the first snowfall. The storm windows have a slimmer chance than ever of being hung on time. And, heaven forbid, I might just be forced to show my wife where the rake is in the garage. Thanks, SI. This looks like the best football season I'll ever have.
Your football spectacular was filled with the most informative football material I've ever read. The only fault I could find was with the cover. Over the course of my subscription, I've invariably been able to identify the sports figure(s) on the cover as soon as I pulled the magazine from my mailbox. But who is the ballcarrier whose "golden" legs are shown dashing across the special issue cover?
•It's Georgia Tech Fullback Ronny Cone, in action against North Carolina last Oct. 3. The Yellow Jackets lost 28-7.—ED.
I've always looked forward to your annual college and pro football issues. However, you have gone too far this year. If I had wanted to read a book on the game I would have gone to my local library. Your special issues of the past, with their concise but informative scouting reports and features, were most satisfactory. The overkill provided by your first "spectacular" is indicative of what's wrong with sports in our country today. Why must "bigger" always be confused with "better"?
PETER P. CLARK
THE COWBOYS (CONT.)
Congratulations, SI! The articles by Paul Zimmerman (Dallas Can Have 'Em) and William Oscar Johnson (There Are No Holes at the Top) in your special football issue were two of the best I've ever read. It seems as though there are a lot of Cowboy haters around, but there are also a lot of Cowboy lovers. Everyone in his (or her) right mind knows that the Cowboys are the most exciting team in the NFL. And the best. I look forward to this season.
I frankly don't care that much one way or the other about pro football, but I read with interest the two articles on the Dallas Cowboys in my husband's copy of your Football Spectacular. I found it ironic that of the two, William Oscar Johnson's piece glorifying the Cowboys made me hate them more.
I'm proud to say that I am what Terrence Gallagher would call a Group B person—one who hates the Cowboys—and a die-hard Steeler fan. However, I know three or four Group A, front-running, cowardly Dallas fans. The article was 100% right. The Cowboy fans I know talked about Dallas being the team of the '70s. I told them that the Steelers were the team of the '70s and that they had four Super Bowl rings to prove it. The Cowboy fans said that didn't mean anything. Now, doesn't that sound like a Dallas fan?
Branchland, W. Va.
Bravo, Paul Zimmerman! It's about time someone wrote something critical about that "impersonal organization." I'm one of the many Dallas haters and I agree with every word!
Paul Zimmerman's story helped reaffirm my faith in football fans around the country, because it showed that I am not the only one who dislikes the Silver and Blue. I was also happy to discover that my conception of CBS as the Cowboy Broadcasting System is obviously right. Thanks for the confirmation.