Letters

November 30, 1992

Dream Teams
I was elated to receive the special issue SPORTS ILLUSTRATED CLASSIC (Fall 1992). I'm sure you will receive an unbelievable amount of mail concerning each sport's Dream Team (The All-Time Dream Teams), but I have to hand it to you, the choices are hard to argue with. Every player is as deserving as any who might have been selected in his place.
THOMAS HALL
Tucson

Paul Zimmerman's otherwise excellent football Dream Team can neither punt nor kick. I suggest adding Ray Guy and Jan Stenerud.
DARRELL SAPP
Highland, Ind.

Zimmerman forgot to name a consistent, high-scoring placekicker. I suggest Lou Groza or George Blanda.
WILLIAM J. HANNA
Lexington, Ky.

John Unitas should not be the quarterback. Roger Staubach was every bit the quarterback Unitas was, and then some. Staubach played all but one of his seasons before 1978, the year passing lanes were opened up, and his career quarterback rating is still among the highest ever attained.
PHILIP W. ENGLE JR.
Freeport, N. Y.

How could Zimmerman not have mentioned the man who invented the safety blitz, tied an NFL record by making interceptions in seven consecutive games and even intercepted a pass while playing with two broken hands?

Larry Wilson is still the best free safety I've ever seen.
CHARLES NODLER
Neosho, Mo.

I was angered by the omission of Walter Payton, one of the best, if not the best, to play the game.
MARK DUFFY
Carbondale, Ill.

I was shocked to see football's alltime best receiver, Jerry Rice, not included.
LOUIS A. DEFREITAS JR.
Washington, D.C.

Zimmerman omitted the greatest pass catcher of all time, Steve Largent.
PETER J. KIM
Seattle

I can't envision any football Dream Team without Chuck Bednarik.
MARTIN BRESLAUER
Del Mar, Calif.

Mickey Cochrane over Johnny Bench for catcher on a baseball Dream Team? Steve Wulf blew this call.
JOE HARGIS
Minneapolis

How could Steve Wulf have taken Cal Ripken over Honus Wagner at shortstop?
ROBERT RUTH
Tallahassee, Fla.

No offense to Mike Schmidt, but a Dream Team without Brooks Robinson at third base?
ESTHER SIEGEL JACOBSON
Owings Mills, Md.

How anyone could have left Hank Aaron off a baseball Dream Team is beyond comprehension.
MARK S. BARNES
Baltimore

A Dream Team without Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams? What a nightmare.
JULES GAREL
Columbus, Ohio

To have chosen Jackie Robinson over Rogers Hornsby, a .358 lifetime hitter, makes no sense.
WILLIAM PIERSON
Sacramento

Not putting Ray Bourque on your hockey Dream Team is like not putting Ted Williams on your baseball Dream Team.

Oops, I see you missed him, too.
PATRICK DUGGAN
East Hartford, Conn.

Pat Riley as hoops Dream Team coach over Red Auerbach? Not even close.
DOM DEBAGGIS
Littleton, Colo.

I want to commend Joseph Salina on the illustrations that accompanied the four Dream Team articles. The interaction among the legends brought to life your experts' selections.
MIKE MARSHALL
Urbana, Ill.

PHOTOJOHN BIEVERChuck Bednarik (number 60) PHOTONEW YORK TELEGRAMRogers Hornsby PHOTOUPITed Williams

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