MAULE IN THE FALL
Tex Maule has done it again. Boy—he must hate the Chicago Bears. Last championship game he picked the Giants to beat the Bears. Now he has the audacity to pick the Bears fourth. Did the Bears ever cut Tex Maule from their squad because he wasn't good enough?
CHET SMITH JR.
Arlington Heights, Ill.
You should do away with Maule's predictions so he can devote more time to his novels. They're all fiction, anyway.
Does Tex Maule really sleep in the Giants' locker room?
BENJAMIN S. WARREN III
In Tex Maule, SI has a good sportswriter with one drawback: he's still a Texan, and pro-Cowboy—even though he has dropped the Cowboys down a notch from last year.
As Mr. George Plimpton, the ephemeral quarterback, said during his brief tour with the Detroit Lions, "The linebackers were all close up shouting, 'Jumbo!Jumbo! Jumbo!' " The rest of the league will be hearing this all year. When the chips are down, defense wins, and the Lions will be the winners.
As a devoted fan of professional football, I would like to thank George Plimpton, the Detroit Lions and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (Zero of the Lions, Sept. 7) for a real insight into the everyday training routines of a professional team.
Once again we armchair quarterbacks have been treated to an article that will make us appreciate the game even more.
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Your pro football issue was extremely interesting, especially the beginning article (A Year of Change, Problems and Prosperity, Sept. 7). Why do New Orleans and Atlanta rate so high as future pro cities? Why not try the football capital of the nation, Columbus? Everyone knows how popular Ohio State is here. The Cleveland Browns and local high school football are just as popular. Here little league football is probably more popular than Little League baseball. Face it, the pros can't overlook one of the nation's fastest-growing cities for long, so I hereby place Columbus in line for affiliation in either the NFL or AFL.
Your references to New Orleans as a city with tremendous pro football potential are deeply appreciated and very accurate. Our city has demonstrated overwhelmingly its readiness for franchise. And we will accept whichever league makes the first offer beneficial to the people of New Orleans.
I would like to take issue with your report on Richie Allen and his comments on the Rookie of the Year award (SCORECARD, Sept. 7). Your article gives the impression that Allen scorns the award as of no value at all—which is false. In effect, he actually stated that while being made Rookie is a great honor, he is more interested in helping his team win a pennant, adding that the Rookie of the Year would be a greater prize to work for if some money were included.
MICHAEL P. KUROCZKO
King of Prussia, Pa.