It's amazing how football has changed at Texas Tech (Red-Letter Night, Nov. 10). When I was a student there from 1988 to '92, the girls attended the games to show off their wardrobes and the guys went to look at the girls. Most students referred to the team as the Pink Faders as opposed to the Red Raiders, and many left town on football weekends.
Stephen P. McLellan, Seabrook, Texas
Alltime College Team
I enjoyed your portrait of the alltime college football team, selected with the caveat that only one player could come from each school (Big Men on Campus, Nov. 10). One quibble: Where's Bo Jackson? I played at LSU in the late 1980s, and although we never matched up against him during my time there (thank goodness), I watched 20 or 30 of his games on film. He was the most dominant college player I ever saw.
Mickey Guidry, Baton Rouge
No Archie Griffin? I guess the only reason that he stayed in college and won another Heisman was so he could have a matching bookend.
Todd Smallwood, Fenwick Island, Del.
Jerry Rice—are you kidding me? This is about what you did in college, not what kind of pro career you had.
Ricky Hartline, Baton Rouge
How is not one Miami Hurricane worthy of SI's alltime college all-star team? Methinks the "U" could field an all-Cane team that would give your group a run for its money.
Stuart H. Ellison, Chicago
Your selections included three defensive players who left school in 1980 and who I assume were on that year's All-America team: Kenny Easley, Hugh Green and Lawrence Taylor. That might have been the best All-America defense ever. Was anyone else of note on that squad?
Thomas Todd, Lexington, Ky.
EDITOR'S NOTE: It was a good year indeed. In addition to those three, the 1980 All-America defense featured future NFL Hall of Famers Ronnie Lott and Mike Singletary and No. 1 overall draft pick Kenneth Sims. And, it must be noted, future pro wrestling champ Ron Simmons.
The Tuba Man
Chris Ballard's account of Seattle's sports woes (POINT AFTER, Nov. 10) could also have mentioned the passing of "Tuba Man" Ed McMichael, who was a fixture outside Sonics, Mariners and Seahawks games for the past 20 years. He died on Nov. 3, after being assaulted and robbed just blocks from KeyArena on Oct. 25. Before the Seahawks-Steelers Super Bowl you called him Seattle's Superfan (Steeltown vs. Rain City, Feb. 6, 2006), and the title fit.
Bryan Martin, Snohomish, Wash.