Every year we have the comparative-score oddities, such as A beats B, B beats C, C beats D, and D beats A. The following warped logic is a little different, but the highly doubtful conclusion may make Big Ten fans feel good. The following scores are all from the first seven weeks of play 1962:
Illinois 14, Purdue 10
Purdue 26, Iowa 3
Iowa 28, Oregon State 8
Oregon State 51, West Virginia 22
West Virginia 15—Pittsburgh 8
Pittsburgh 8, UCLA 6
UCLA 9, Ohio State 7
Ohio State 14, Wisconsin 7
Wisconsin 17, Notre Dame 8
Notre Dame 13, Oklahoma 7
Oklahoma 13, Kansas 7
Kansas 29, Iowa State 8
Iowa State 57, Colorado 19
It is now perfectly clear (?) that Illinois, which last year lost all of its games and finished last in the Big Ten, should beat Colorado, last year's Big Eight champion, by 174 points this year. Any questions?
Big Ten versus California football has been a hot subject for some time now. Virtually everyone with an opinion, except a few western provincials, will tell you that over the years the Big Ten has made mincemeat of California football, and only occasionally has a Golden State team been lucky enough to meet a weaker Big Ten group.
Why hasn't anyone referred to the record book to find out the real story?
Except for one game the "modern" rivalry began back in 1930. California teams have played present and former Big Ten schools 101 times. Including the Rose Bowl the Big Ten has won 50 of these games, California schools have beaten the Big Ten 44 times, and seven games have ended in a tie. This is hardly a recipe for mincemeat. There is no doubt the Big Ten was far stronger from 1955 through 1961, especially when the California schools were reeling with penalties, but the pendulum has been on the other side and will be again.
TEXANS AND COWBOYS
After reading the article on the Dallas Cowboys by Tex Maule, I would like to ask a question: How can a team with a current record of three wins, three losses and one tie, in fourth place behind the Redskins and Giants and Browns, be considered a serious title contender? Could the real reason for the article be to divert attention away from the competing Dallas Texans, who are currently leading the AFL and out-drawing the Cowboys at the Cotton Bowl by a considerable amount?
Ever since the inception of the AFL in 1960, Maule has demonstrated a marked disdain for it and at every turn has jumped on the NFL bandwagon. This article is but another example.
We are charter members of the SI club, and enthusiastic ones. After enjoying Mr. Boyle's article, we undertook an inventory of our own and the results are amazing. Since we are a schoolteacher's family, we are not one of those "affluent metropolitan households"! This is the result of two children and 26 years: 3 complete sets of golf clubs and carts, assortment of golf balls, 6 fishing rods and reels, 2 tackle boxes, 2 baseball bats, 1 glove, 1 mitt, 1 baseball, 1 football, 1 basketball, 1 basket and backboard, 1 softball, 2 hockey sticks and puck, 2 sets shin guards, 4 boxing gloves, 1 badminton set, 1 horseshoes set, 6 pairs of skates (figure and hockey), 2 pairs of snowshoes, 2 sleds, 4 sets ski equipment, car ski rack, ping-pong table and equipment, 2 bicycles, 3 rifles, 2 shotguns, 3 tennis rackets, 1 water skiing equipment, complete camping outfit: tent, tarp, 4 sleeping bags, etc., etc.
All this presupposes the proper boots, shoes, gloves, jackets, hats and underwear.
N. C. PERKINS