•Fear not. An orange dot does appear before Carmichael's name—designating him, along with Rashad and Charlie Joiner, as still active—on the list of leading lifetime receivers displayed at the Hall of Fame. The dot also showed up in SI's photograph of the Hall of Fame list, but, alas, in the process of engraving the picture, we lost it.—ED.
THE COWENS TRADE
Anthony Cotton's incisive article on Dave Cowens (Taking a Shot at the Bucks, Oct. 11) pointed out that Celtics General Manager Red Auerbach continues to practice the fading art of trading to improve a team. Many of today's owners and general managers insist on buying overpriced talent in the free-agent market to build championship teams. Meanwhile, Auerbach uses the time-honored skills of an old horse trader. It's a breath of fresh air when the management of a professional sports team can make a major improvement, such as the acquisition of Quinn Buckner, by being clever and persuasive, not just rich. Philadelphia 76ers President Harold Katz and Yankee owner George Steinbrenner should spend their money finding people like Auerbach; it could save them millions, and perhaps save professional sports.
I agree with Anthony Cotton that the Bucks can't bring the ball up the court without Quinn Buckner, no matter how good Cowens might be. Although I'd like to see Cowens make a comeback, I think Milwaukee got the short end of the stick.
JOHN DI MAURO
Mount Clemens, Mich.
If Cowens, Bob Lanier and Marques Johnson all stay healthy, the Sixers and Celtics had better watch out, because the Bucks might just surprise everyone and wind up representing the Eastern Conference in the NBA finals. Some people may have forgotten just how much enthusiasm and leadership Cowens brought to the Celtics during the '70s.
A BIG WIN
Bravo on the article by Craig Neff and Rick Telander concerning Northwestern's return to real Big Ten football (Hang In There, Wildcats, Oct. 18)! It's truly gratifying to see the team and coaching staff receive recognition after many years of frustration. Special thanks for the insight into the job Coach Dennis Green and Athletic Director Doug Single have done here. As a sophomore who arrived on campus soon after they did, I am amazed at the progress made in what seems such a short time.
For too long Northwestern has justified its low football standards by its high academic standards, and I, for one, am glad the present athletic administration is doing something to show that academics and athletics can mix. Perhaps the powerhouses that have scoffed at us in the past will soon take a page from our book and reexamine their own programs. My only regret is that your picture didn't show the section of the goalpost to which I was clinging!
It's about time the Wildcats rid themselves of their Rodney Dangerfield image in football. No, they won't go to the Rose Bowl this season, and they won't be national champions. What they will do, and have already done, however, is instill in us Northwestern students a true sense of school spirit—the sometimes forgotten purpose of college athletics. We are proud of our football team but, more important, we're proud of our school.
The article was excellent, but what caught my eye was the fantastic photograph taken by Paul Jasienski, It captures the excitement of the moment perfectly. However, the best part about it is the fact that the guy hanging on the goalpost with his tongue sticking out is none other than the author of this letter. I appreciate your selection of this photograph and I want you to know that I am available for any future work.
THE TOP 20
Thanks for having the wisdom to retain Pitt as No. 1 in your major college standings (FOOTBALL'S WEEK, Oct. 18). The AP and UPI certainly have a lot to learn. Washington will be playing a total of only four tough teams—Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA and USC—while Pitt has already played North Carolina, Florida State, Illinois and West Virginia, four topnotchers, and must also play Notre Dame and Penn State. I hope that the wire services come to their senses.
What will it take for your poll pickers to look beyond the Eastern part of the country and realize what the AP, UPI and everyone else knows: that the Washington Huskies are No. 1? Even your article on the Huskies ("Tequila!" Washington Served Up a Few Belts, Oct. 18) tended to downplay the quality and strength of the team.