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 GMNDIS, 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.
CAROLINA MARTIN, Raleigh, N.C.
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.
JENNIFER M. CARR, Baltimore
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.
RICK McCORMACK, Camillus, N.Y.
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 uninterested.
LYDIA F. SIMS, Louisville