Oh, come on! I subscribe to your magazine for its sports articles and photos, not for an article about skateboarding, of all things.
In your recent story on Colorado State running back Steve Bartalo (COLLEGE FOOTBALL, Nov. 17), Hank Hersch wrote that Steve received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty "for hitting a ref in the head with a shovel pass."
This statement gives the reader the impression that this was an intentional act. It wasn't. Steve is usually the first player up from a tackle, and he has the habit of tossing the ball to the official. In this instance the official was unaware that he would be getting the ball back so quickly and was not ready for it. The ref's calling of the penalty seemed to stem more from his own embarrassment than from any unsportsmanlike conduct by Bartalo.
JOHN C. FUSARO
I was thrilled by your item on Rick Rice, the high school football player who revived dropkicking (SCORECARD,
Nov. 17). In 1924 Forest Peters, playing for the Montana State freshman team, dropkicked 17 field goals in one game.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Kings Island, Ohio
Douglas S. Looney's observations (COLLEGE FOOTBALL, Nov. 10) about Penn State's generic uniforms are interesting, but the facts concerning the first uniforms are not exactly accurate. Penn State's original uniforms (blazers and caps) were black and cerise (cherry red). The Nittany Lions played only two games in 1887, three games in 1888 and four games in 1889, but by then State's colors were faded; hence the reference to black and pink.
About that same time Syracuse had pink and pea green, but in 1890, the same year Penn State selected blue and white, the football Orangemen got their orange. By the way, Baker University in Kansas also lays claim to orange as its one color. I mean: Who uses one color?
GEORGE EDBERG OLSON
PROFESSOR OF SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE
ONE TO WATCH
While reading your college basketball 1986-87 special issue (Nov. 19), I was impressed, as always, by the fine writing. But you missed what could be one of the biggest stories of the year.
Richard Baldwin, basketball coach of Broome Community College, Binghamton, N.Y., is, as of this writing, 18 wins away from becoming the winningest coach ever.
Baldwin has coached here for 40 years and has 858 wins. With a 29-game schedule for 1986-87, he has a good chance of breaking former Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp's record of 875.
JOSEPH A. SVIATKO III
BIG MEN BACK WHEN
My thanks to Walter Iooss Jr. for the unique photographs of basketball's celebrated skyscrapers (Twin Towers On The Rise, Nov. 3).