FOOTBALL WORLD SERIOUS
Congratulations on your stand for an AFL-NFL championship game (The Two Pro Football Leagues Must Meet, Dec. 16). The sooner they arrange such a meeting the better for all concerned.
This guy Tex Maule must be right out of his head picking the NFL by 50 points in a championship game. Has he watched any AFL games this year or has he spent all season watching his beloved Dallas Cowboys?
Tex ("Perplexed") Maule has the greatest proclivity for being wrong of any writer that I have read. We have been through a similar situation during the 1946-50 period. At that time all the football "experts" agreed that the teams in the old All America Football Conference were far inferior to the NFL and said so in much the same vein as did Maule. Well, what happened?
The Cleveland Browns entered the NFL in 1950 and won the championship. The only team to defeat the Browns in 1950 was the N.Y. Giants. But wait a minute! They weren't really the Giants at all. They had become strong through an agreement that gave them the best players on the AAFC New York Yankees, including Tom Landry, Otto Schnellbacher, Harmon Rowe, Arnie Weinmeister and several others.
This Maule talks about Tobin Rote's performances when he was in the NFL as not being too good, compared to his better AFL performances (because the AFL defenses are bad). He wouldn't admit that possibly Rote has reached the top now, same as Y.A. Tittle has with the N.Y. Giants.
You can't take anything away from Tittle. He's great, there's no doubt about it. But his performances six or seven years ago were nothing compared to what they are now.
My nomination for Astronaut of the Year is Tex Maule. His prediction concerning a playoff between the NFL and AFL champs is really out of this world.
Lake Arthur, La.
Hooray, hooray, hooray. Three cheers for Tex Maule in sizing up a game between the AFL and the NFL. Any 5-year-old kid could tell just by watching an AFL game on TV that compared to the NFL the AFL looks like a group of 10-year-olds playing a sandlot game.
Overland Park, Kans.
To say that "the AFL could win the World Series" Dan Jenkins has to be slightly nuts. But to call Y. A. Tittle a castoff is a sure sign of insanity.
St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
The AFL is definitely five years behind the NFL. Joe Foss is lucky that Pete Rozelle has mercy enough to decline such a challenge, because, if he accepted, the AFL would definitely be trounced by a ridiculous score, say, 42-3—if they got that close. Mr. Foss had better keep his challenges to his own league.
The Bronx, N.Y.