Why did you criticize our Cowboys and laud the Texans? Anybody knows the Cowboys could stomp the Texans. Who wrote the football previews anyway? Louella Parsons or Bo Belinsky?
It amazes me that Alfred Wright could leave Johnny Lujack off his list of candidates (The Best College Player of All Time, Sept. 24). Lujack played at a time when college competition in general and Notre Dame in particular were at their peak. Not only was Lujack one of the top all-round players of all time, he was the very finest college T-formation quarterback and passer in the history of the game, was a master field general and tactician (a qualification Mr. Wright seems to overlook) and could handle a football like a sleight-of-hand artist. He was also a top pass defender and terrific tackier (check the films of the 1946 Army-Notre Dame 0-0 tie). By the way, Lujack was quite a runner too.
I was both amazed and awed by the fantastic 13-spade bridge hand of Jules Wright (FOR THE RECORD, Sept. 17). However, I do not understand his scoring of the hand. He gave himself 3,280 points, but I believe he deserved only 3,240:
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Had the bid been seven no trump his scoring would have been a perfect 3,280. The one difficulty would have been that he could not have taken a trick!
THOMAS C. HUDNUT
Paul Brown states that he "plays this game to win" (A Man for This Season, Sept. 10). Must we be so forgiving and forgetful that this person who is being so highly praised is the same person who was responsible for the most discolored moment ever to take place on a pro football field?
I am referring to the last minute of that game played late last year between the Giants and the Browns at Yankee Stadium. The Browns, under orders from Mr. Brown, committed the cardinal sin of all athletic contests. They failed to show a will to win and emerge victorious. By not trying to advance the ball to gain a field goal or even a possible scoring position, the Browns conceded the 7-7 game and the title to the Giants. For the Browns a tie had no bearing on their final league standings since they already knew that the Eagles had won earlier in the day and had taken second place—with an outside chance of a first-place tie on a Brown win.
MARK L. BOROWSKY
Congratulations for a fine article about a real perfectionist and gentleman.
W. F. CAMACHO JR.
My daughter phoned me to look at your article on Pinehurst (The Southern Resort of a Proper Bostonian, Sept. 10), and to my surprise I saw a picture of my wife taken in a "Monkey" tournament at Pinehurst in 1905. She is the lady in white at the right of the lady about to play, and she is holding a club in her right hand (see above). She was Mary C. Dutton at that time and was the North and South champion that year, 1905.