Rage and irrational violence in the NFL--could it be related to
steroid use? Gee, do ya think?
--Kathy Garrett, Wilmington, Del.
MEN BEHAVING BADLY
I enjoyed the story on the dirtiest players in the NFL (Dirty
Dogs, Oct. 26). In junior high football we were taught that
nothing is illegal until you get caught and to do unto others
before they do unto you.
BRIAN BAY, Salina, Kans.
As an avid San Francisco 49ers fan, I was pleased to see that of
the 12 dirtiest players in the league, the top three are current
or former 49ers. I believe that great teams need players who
will not allow themselves to be intimidated and who will play
PAUL C. BARBA, Sunnyside, N.Y.
November 23, 1998
Your piece was absurdly gentle on the NFL's enforcement efforts.
Twenty thousand dollars for a helmet-first hit that takes a
player out for eight weeks? Bill Romanowski should have been
suspended until Kerry Collins returned to action, plus an
additional eight weeks. The paltry fines are a joke.
SHI-LING HSU, Davis, Calif.
I had the privilege of meeting Kevin Gogan on several occasions
while he was a Dallas Cowboy and then an Oakland Raider. Gogan
was affable--and a real gentleman. You have now crushed that
image with your cover portraying him as a ghoulish Jack the
RICHARD J. KELLY, Austin
By publicizing players who cheat to maintain their livelihood,
you're sending a troubling message to the many youth-football
players and coaches who read your magazine. This is information
only those in the commissioner's office need to know.
J.E. MCBEE, Lewiston, N.Y.
WHAT'S IN A PICTURE?
I would like to comment on two of the photographs in your
Leading Off section (Oct. 26). The one that shows Mike Tyson
biting a toddler's shirt as the child is bawling demonstrates
why Tyson never should have been ruled fit to box again. The
second, of UCLA quarterback Cade McNown throwing up, was gross,
repulsive and disgusting. I loved it.
LARRY BUTKOVICH, Wood River, Ill.
I just saw the picture of McNown. This is the essence of college
football: playing until you puke and then leading your team to
GREG WILLER, Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
During my old quarterback days, I once threw up on my center. I
was quickly named "Barf" Starr in reference to the great Green
Bay quarterback, Bart Starr.
M.D. CHILTON, Frederick, Md.
THE NOT-SO-SWEET SCIENCE
While Panama Lewis and Luis Resto are certainly guilty of
destroying Billy Collins Jr.'s boxing career, they are not
responsible for taking his life (Bare Knuckles, Oct. 26). If
anyone is to be blamed for that, it is Billy Collins Sr. From a
childhood of attending pit-bull fights, through the Resto fight
when his father exhorted him to "fight like a man," to the
moment his father struck him with a piece of wood, the message
sent to young Collins was clear: Toughness and violence make the
man. It is not surprising that when Billy Jr. felt his manhood
was gone, his reason for living was extinguished.
KURT TEZEL, Merritt Island, Fla.
It does not sound as if Billy Collins Jr. was much of a father
or husband after all his bad luck. It is easy to be a good man
when things are going your way but much harder when you have
been dealt a bad hand. Resto did not kill Collins. Collins
killed himself the moment he decided to start drinking and
DAN GUZMAN, Wichita, Kans.
You made little mention of the consequences of these
headhunters' actions. The promising career of former Washington
Redskins placekicker Jess Atkinson was ended by Philadelphia
Eagles renowned cheap-shot artist Andre (Dirty) Waters (above,
in 1991 versus the Arizona Cardinals). Atkinson became a
sportscaster for a Washington television station. What happened
BRIAN G. HULKA, Ellicott City, Md.
Waters coaches defensive backs at the University of South