Re: Let's Go, Phillies! (August 10): as a resident of a neighboring community, I can't blame Upper Darby. And certainly not Jack Olsen. Thanks for a fine job.
STEPHEN M. RIVKIN
Drexel Hill, Pa.
Phil fans have suffered through many dismal years with our boys and now are thrilled to have a contender. Sure we booed a lot, but who wouldn't if they rooted for a team that has finished first twice and last 21 times in this century?
If the New Yorker who "spent a week in Philadelphia yesterday" spends a few more days here in early October, he'll find it worthwhile. While Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium are locked up, the Baltimore Orioles will be playing the Phils.
Our Boston Red Sox may not be as high in the standings as are the Phillies, but I'll bet our utility man, Felix Mantilla, has a better average than the Phillies' Rojas at catching popcorn.
RICHARD R. FRASER
Yea, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED! At last someone has said something constructive about our great, "average," winning ball club. From one knowledgeable fan to another—thank you. Let's go, Phillies!
EVES OF TEXAS
Robert H. Boyle wrote an interesting account of the Pennsylvania-Texas high school grid clash in Beef, Bones and Hershey Bars (August 10). But he failed to mention that the real Texas all-stars were not in Hershey, Pa. at all, but some 1,300 miles away in Fort Worth. Hexing their muscles for the Texas High School Coaches' Association's annual North-South intrastate battle (in which the northern schoolboy stars upset their southern counterparts 23-14).
The young Texans making the trip to Pennsylvania were not the officially recognized "all stars" of their own state. That they were nevertheless potent enough to almost wreck Pennsylvania's Big 33 surprised no one in the Southwest. These fans have always maintained that their brand of football is unmatched.
SAM K. BLAIR
North Little Rock, Ark.
The Hershey bars taste like they were made from bittersweet chocolate besides being full of nuts. The prime college prospects stayed in Texas to participate in the all-star game.
Your article on the recent football game between the Texas and Pennsylvania high school all-stars has helped me win an argument I have been conducting for many years with some out-of-state friends.
The question was whether Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio or Illinois provided college recruiters with the best football material. Now I know. Pennsylvania football means will to win.