It really wasn't necessary for Paul Zimmerman to devote an entire article to an explanation of why the Dallas Cowboys are so hated. It's simple—envy and fear. And if the Cowboys are in fact the most hated team in the NFL, then they must also be the most envied and feared.
So, go ahead, Cowboy cursers. Keep that hatred at a fever pitch. We Dallas fans know that the more you hate the Cowboys, the better they must be!
MARSHA K. THOMPSON
Shepherdstown, W. Va.
Paul Zimmerman failed to profile the typical Cowboy hater, or Group B member. Anyone who hates the Cowboys more than likely hates his or her own mother, pulled for the Germans in World War II and dreams of a winter home in Cleveland. The only people in hate with America's Team are the ones who are tired of being beaten by the Cowboys.
Zimmerman, didn't you know that the hole in Texas Stadium is there so God can look down on his favorite team? That's right. The Dallas Cowboys are not only America's Team, but also God's Squad.
After reading Dallas Can Have 'Em, I had to wait half an hour to cool down so I wouldn't write anything obscene. Whoever wrote the article is a total moron and must have gotten his brain from a gumball machine. For your information, and his, I am by no means a front-runner. I love the Dallas Cowboys, and I am from Maine and now live in Florida. To prove my love is pure and not the emotion of a front-running heart, my favorite basketball team is the New York Knicks. Judging by last season's record, they didn't do too hot, but that didn't change my feelings. They're still my favorites.
I'd bet my life that if Dallas went 0-16 I'd still keep the eight Cowboy posters, a banner, a team mirror, player photographs and everything else on my wall. Also, I wouldn't throw out my 20-page scrapbook on them or my four Dallas Cowboy shirts or shorts or socks! Tell me, who's a front-runner? If I weren't a girl, I'd try out for the team!
I'd like to say what the writer can do with the article, but my dad would reprimand me severely. He, like Coach Landry, is a good Christian man, although a sinner like you and me. The other article on the Cowboys in the magazine proves just how classy The Organization is! So, I hope the little I've said has some impact on the imbecile who wrote this piece. If it weren't for jealousy, none of those people would hate the Cowboys or make the comments they did about them.
Congratulations are in order for Douglas S. Looney. His article in your special football issue on Pitt's Dan Marino (He's a Real Pittsburgh Guy) was a sensational profile, as well as an entertaining look at the people and places that make up the city of Pittsburgh. As a native of the Steel City, I must say the article not only made me proud, but it also made me a bit homesick.
JOYCE S. BUKOWSKI
That was an excellent piece on Dan Marino. As a Pittsburgher for most of my life, I believe you've accurately portrayed the true winning spirit of all Pittsburghers. And by the way, I'm as confident as SI is that Pitt is and will be No. 1.
ROBERT E. LUNN
No one would question that Dan Marino is a remarkable quarterback, but one could well take issue with your statement that the Heisman competition is a two-man race between him and Herschel Walker of Georgia. In fact, Marino may not even be the best quarterback in college. Have you forgotten about a young man from Stanford named John Elway?
RUFUS W. HEAD, M.D.