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Expounding on the merits of the Big 10, Tim Layden fails to
mention that its nonconference record against the current top 25
is an anemic 1-4.
Joe Grandis, Cedar Falls, Iowa


Your conclusion that Michigan's win over Penn State "proved how
good the nation's best team really is" is ludicrous (Inside
College Football, Dec. 8). Penn State was the most overrated
team in the country at the time, with four victories over
patsies and unimpressive wins over Ohio State (four points),
Minnesota (one point) and Northwestern (three points).
Subsequent to the Michigan game, Michigan State--a 23-7 loser to
Michigan--humiliated the Nittany Lions.
MAX R. MOORE, Bellevue, Neb.

The Florida-Florida State game not on your list of
had-to-be-seen matchups of 1997? The Gators' 32-29 upset of the
Seminoles included more than half a dozen lead changes and an
alternating quarterback scheme by Steve Spurrier, and it
resulted in the underdog Gators' ruining then No. 2-ranked FSU's
chances of a national championship.


In your article about phat backs (Big Bang Theory, Nov. 24) you
forgot to mention 250-pound Craig (Ironhead) Heyward. It takes
eight guys to bring him down. He should get some recognition
even though he is playing for the Rams.
NATE BEIKLER, Farmington, Minn.

It must be pretty embarrassing to realize that you failed to
include six-foot, 245-pound Giants fullback Charles Way. Way,
the heart of the New York rushing attack, is averaging 4.6 yards
per carry, can catch the ball out of the backfield and is a
punishing blocker.
KEN COPEN, New York City

Where is 230-pound Dorsey Levens? He has had six 100-yard games
this season, no mean feat when you consider how pass-oriented
the Packers' offense is.

You might have mentioned 230-pound Kevin Mack of the Browns, who
bulldozed Cleveland into the 1990 AFC Championship Game. Or Pete
Johnson, the Bengals' destroyer of the late '70s and early '80s,
who weighed 260 pounds.
DAVID BORSVOLD, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Syracuse is famed for its big backs. Of Dr. Z's top 10, 30% (Jim
Brown, Larry Csonka and Jim Nance) are former Orangemen. Two
hundred forty-two pound Dallas Cowboy Daryl Johnston, Syracuse
'89, although primarily a blocking back, is a punishing runner.
And current fullback Rob Konrad, who weighs in at 250, should
be the next Syracuse big back to star in the NFL.


I was surprised to see that Washington Wizards forward-center
Terry Davis was not included in your Fabulous Fill-ins story
(Miami Likes Ike, Dec. 8). He has proved indispensable to the
Wizards, from taking charges to rebounding to shooting percentage.
BOOTH S. JAMESON, Washington, D.C.


Your article about Tennessee's women's basketball team (Did
Someone Say Meek?, Dec. 8) states that Tennessee "looked ready
to deliver the first threepeat in women's college basketball."
Yet an SI article in 1975 about the Mighty Macs of Immaculata
College, led by coach Cathy Rush (On and Up with the Mighty
Macs, Feb. 3, 1975), stated that they had won three straight
national college titles from 1972 to '74. We should remember
that before Title IX seduced the NCAA into women's collegiate
athletics, there was women's basketball. The Association for
Intercollegiate Athletics for Women provided championships for
women when other collegiate sports governing bodies were
LYDIA F. SIMS, Louisville

COLOR PHOTO: ANDY HAYT [Bo Jackson and opposing player in game]


You dropped the ball in omitting Bo Jackson (34) from your list
of big backs. He doesn't get the credit as a bruiser that he
deserves because of his phenomenal speed, but he weighed 230
pounds and could run over opponents. If you don't think Bo knows
power, just ask Brian Bosworth, whose leveling by Jackson in a
Monday-night game in 1987 speaks for itself.
Huntington Beach, Calif.