I honestly was one of the 60,525 present at the San Francisco- Dallas NFC championship game (Off on the Wrong Foot, Jan. 18). I cheered mightily during The Drive, knowing in my heart it would work. I stood in my seat high above The Super Catch, marveling at the grace and finality of it.
All week I hoped you might have been lucky enough to have a photographer record Dwight Clark's leaping catch. When I first saw the cover in a store, I cheered aloud. Walter Iooss Jr.'s picture tells it all and is a tribute to your coverage of sports.
FR. GEORGE C. WOLF
Our Lady of Las Vegas
Walter Iooss Jr.'s stunning cover photograph of the Bay Area's favorite 49er, Dwight (All-Universe) Clark, was a masterful job by an excellent photographer. The sight of Clark flying past the helpless Cowboy defender and pulling the ball down from the Big Sky—no pun intended—will remain in the minds of us 49er Faithful for years to come.
TIMOTHY FRANCIS GRIFFIN I
Los Gatos, Calif.
This cover shot by Iooss is as good as—or perhaps even better than—his Jan. 28, 1980 cover photograph of John Stallworth's catch in Super Bowl XIV. Two great pictures by one great photographer!
Before this year, many people across the country had never even heard of Clemson University and had no idea where it was located. However, after your Jan. 11 and Jan. 18 covers, surely this is no longer the case. On Jan. 11 you showed Wide Receiver Perry Tuttle of Clemson's No. 1 football team, and the next week you featured Dwight Clark of the San Francisco 49ers, the leading receiver in the NFC and a former Clemson player. To extend this bit of trivia even further, both were shown scoring touchdowns.
Thank you and David Israel for the fine article on Gus Williams (Sit Up and Take Notice, Jan. 18). The pleasure of watching Williams display his superb basketball skills in 41 games a year, plus playoff's, is an experience I wish all basketball aficionados could have. It takes quite a man as well as a fine athlete to turn public sentiment in his favor after a bitter holdout and at the same time take a 34-48 team back to the heights of the NBA, where it belongs. I look forward to seeing Gus and his teammates in SI again in the spring, when the SuperSonics will win their second championship in four years!
MARK A. BENEZRA
It's about time Gus Williams got the recognition he deserves. He is a warm, sincere, honest individual. Despite adversity, he has never said an unkind word about anyone. To his friends in New York, he is still the same young man who left Mount Vernon in 1971.
If there is one word to describe Williams, it's determination—determination to make the high school team, to get that college scholarship, to make the pros, to win an NBA championship and, yes, to play in an All-Star Game. Thanks for printing his story.
I had the opportunity to work out against Gus Williams last spring during his holdout. It was in an old upstairs gym where frustrated businessmen and some good ballplayers go to play. I was startled at first to see Gus. Why would a pro with all that money come to an old gym and work out against amateurs? I found out after meeting him. He simply loves the game at all levels. I am glad to see him receive the recognition he deserves.
A. DAVID DAWSON
Aw, poor ol' Gus Williams. He was offered only $1.5 million over three years. I can certainly see why he asked for more. I mean, that's practically the poverty level, isn't it? He'd probably have to get a second job. He'd have to do without some bare necessities, like another Saab, and start saving food stamps. In fact, if he hadn't received that extra money, we were going to start a Help Gus Fund. Anyone who doesn't accept a $1.5 million contract isn't worthy of an article in your respected magazine.
DOUG ( DUCK) WOLFE
ROD (HINGE) ROWLEY