LONG LEASE ON LIFE
I just finished reading perhaps the best article I have ever read in your publication, Paul Zimmerman's The Long Way Up (July 22). I believe that Howie Long will become one of the greatest linemen ever. I also feel he's underrated even though his two All-Pro selections speak for themselves. By the way, great cover of Long. It's hanging in my room right next to a picture of Mean Joe Greene!
Justice is served! Thank you so much for adorning your cover with Howie Long! Perhaps now your female readership will feel that it has been given a cover equivalent to that of the swimsuit issue.
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
As a San Diegan, I am a bona fide Raider-hater. However, the July 22 cover of Howie Long has weakened my resolve. He is absolutely gorgeous.
Now that a "Townie" has become my favorite NFL player, please answer a question that was bypassed in the article: Did Howie Long get his degree from Villanova? If he didn't, he'll find it a much Longer way up after the NFL.
NANCY BROUILLARD MCKENZIE
? Long was graduated with a B.A. in communications in 1981.—ED.
It's hard to believe that a man of Long's size and stature would have to battle fear and self-doubt. So often people create their own obstacles. Obviously, this is one battle Long has overcome. What an inspiration to all the pessimists in the world!
DOUGLAS A. BROWN
Arlington Heights, Ill.
Finally it's over, at least for this season (A Heavenly Night For The Stars, July 22). Let's hope your magazine will never have to write another article describing the junior-varsity caliber of play in the USFL.
Paul Zimmerman gave everyone an insight into the decisions the USFL will have to make. What wasn't appreciated was his opening remark, "Goodby, USFL. See you in the fall. Or not at all." Come on, SI, how about a little support for these players and the product that they put on the field, which has been getting better each year.
I also don't want your readers to think that the Stars were handed their second consecutive championship on a 15-yard penalty. Anyone who was there can tell you that both teams committed personal fouls all night. If there is a merger in the future, which would be a good idea, the Stars will prove they can compete evenly with almost anyone.
RANDY S. ROBERTS
Newport News, Va.
I continued reading the article only to learn the answer to Paul Zimmerman's question, "...who won the last WFL championship game?" He didn't say. How about helping a trivia buff out? Who did win that game 11 years ago?
WALTER V. SHERWOOD