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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
October 07, 1963
MR. MURPHY'S CHOWDERSirs: Myron Cope's article about Fido Murphy, Football's Greatest Scout (Sept. 30), reminds me of an incident attesting to the qualifications of another great scout: Campbell Dickson. Dickson was Princeton's end coach in the '30s, and a fine coach he was, as well as a truly fine gentleman. He was also Princeton's chief scout and was assigned the responsibility of following Columbia before the game that turned out to be the only one the Lions lost in 1933.
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October 07, 1963

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Games

Att.

Comp.

Int.

Pct.

Yds.

TD

Myers

9

195

116

14

.595

1537

13

Mira

10

260

122

16

.469

1572

10

MR. MURPHY'S CHOWDER
Sirs:
Myron Cope's article about Fido Murphy, Football's Greatest Scout (Sept. 30), reminds me of an incident attesting to the qualifications of another great scout: Campbell Dickson. Dickson was Princeton's end coach in the '30s, and a fine coach he was, as well as a truly fine gentleman. He was also Princeton's chief scout and was assigned the responsibility of following Columbia before the game that turned out to be the only one the Lions lost in 1933.

The scouting tip provided by Dickson that gave Princeton the edge even before the game began was that Columbia's Red Matal took a stance with parallel feet each time there was a pass play. Whenever he had a blocking assignment, his stance was staggered. With this tip-off, Princeton was able to set its defense with confidence and great success, even though Columbia had such a fine passer in Cliff Montgomery and a number of able receivers.
DEAN HILL JR.
New York City

Sirs:
In view of the Bears' recent upset of the Packers, I thought your readers might be interested to know that Fido Murphy claimed his share of the credit promptly. "You know," he told me after the game, "Halas went all the way with my game plan yesterday. Yeh. I can't tell you what the plan was, but use this: Just say that we have found out how to play against the Green Bay Packers, and I wish Commissioner Pete Rozelle would put a stop to clubs exchanging game films. I'm holding jobs for four or five coaches who don't know as much football as my wife."

I pointed out to Fido that inasmuch as the clubs do exchange films, there would be no harm in his telling me the details of his defenses against Green Bay. He replied, "Half of these coaches can't see what's going on even when they see it on films. I can't doublecross Halas and Parker, see what I mean? The other coaches will see the basic stuff on films that the Bears did, but not the inside stuff. The way to beat Green Bay is to run more plays than they do, but I'm not gonna tell anybody how. Look, you don't use anything fancy against Lombardi. Lombardi uses fundamentals and poise. You beat him at his own game, which I did yesterday. Against Green Bay, you gotta out-statistic them, keep the ball from them."
MYRON COPE
Pittsburgh

EIGHT, TEN AND TEXAS
Sirs:
I think maybe whoever was in charge of your special College Football Issue (Sept. 23) should take a good look at the record books and see what has happened in the past when the Big Eight, "who continue to play on a par with the lower rung of the Big Ten," met the almighty Big Ten head-on. That is, what used to happen. It may not strike you as odd to see that there have not been too many meetings between leagues lately. Maybe the Big Ten has not yet recuperated enough to find out if it can measure up to slugging it out in the midlands.

Sure, I'm prejudiced. Why not? I am Kansas all the way and proud of it.
RICHARD C. ELDREDGE, USN
Norfolk, Va.

Sirs:
All you hombres at SPORTS ILLUSTRATED must be from Texas. How come you didn't stay there? I'll betcha Texas loses two or more games; and if they had the guts to play the Big Ten they'd lose more.
A. KINNEY GRIFFITH
Phoenix, Ariz.

Sirs:
The Oklahoma Sooners may not be first this year, but if they have anything to say about it, neither will Texas. At least Texas won't be unbeaten.
SAM WATKINS
Oklahoma City

M&M
Sirs:
You told us Myers was good (Scouting Reports, Sept. 23). You were right.

You said Mira was best. You were wrong.
Mizzou FANS
Kansas City, Mo.

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