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Finally, the Texas Longhorns have found the answer to the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED cover jinx. After beating Oklahoma and before their next game, against Missouri, Colt McCoy showed his teammates the SI issue with him on the cover and then threw it into the wastebasket. Who knew it was that easy?
The critical factor in Texas's win over Oklahoma was not the Longhorn "grit" or the "cowbells" that you mention, and certainly not Colt McCoy outplaying quarterback Sam Bradford (Lone State Statement, Oct. 20). It was the devastating injury to Sooners linebacker Ryan Reynolds. That was the deciding moment in the game and the major reason the Oklahoma defense was unable to stop the Longhorns.
Feud for Thought
How delightful to read about the bad feelings that the Rays have developed for the Red Sox (Ready to Rummmble, Oct. 20). I immediately adjusted my rooting allegiance from AWPRS (Anybody Who Plays Red Sox) to AWHRS (Anybody Who Hates Red Sox).
Joe Posnanski's story on Dustin Pedroia and baseball's great undersized players (PLAYERS, Oct. 20) brought back memories of one of the best little men to play the game, Houston outfielder Jimmy (the Toy Cannon) Wynn. Listed at 5' 9", he was more like 5' 7". I delighted at watching him hit 450-foot home runs in the spacious expanse of the Astrodome.
Don't forget about pitcher Bobby Shantz, listed at 5' 6" and most likely shorter. He went 24--7 for the 1952 A's, a fourth-place team with 79 wins. In the 1950s I attended a Little League day doubleheader in Cleveland; Shantz mixed right in with the rest of the "kids."
Pee Wee Reese, mentioned in your story, was 5' 9", which in the 1940s was not considered short. He actually got his nickname from playing marbles as a youngster—he was a champion in the peewee category.