"Which state, Texas or Pennsylvania, grows the best high school football players?" The answer is simple: Neither one. Ohio grows the best, and I have two pieces of evidence to back up my feelings. Item No. 1: Recall if you will the starting quarterbacks in the College All-Star game. Of the four possible starters two were former Ohio schoolboys, Roger Staubach and Bob Timberlake. Item No. 2: This year's Rose Bowl game winner, Michigan, had a starting 11 that consisted mainly of Ohioans, including Jim Detwiler, Timberlake, Carl Ward and Rick Volk. If this isn't enough just check the growing list of pros who are former Ohio schoolboys.
Bowling Green, Ohio
Until I read your article on high school football I had always thought that there were 50 states in the Union. Now I find that there are only two, Pennsylvania and Texas. Granted, fine football is played in these two states, but that does not rule out 48 others in the competition for best high school football honors.
When the top 20 teams in the nation were ranked last winter, the top three were not from Pennsylvania or Texas, but from such places as Coral Gables, Fla., Massillon, Ohio and Montclair, N.J.
The next time Pennsylvania and Texas want to compete for the best football in the country, tell them to stop by some of the underpublicized states in the Union and play such powerhouses as Canton and Massillon in Ohio, Montclair, Clifton and East Orange in New Jersey or Coral Gables in Florida. We'll make them eat those apples and pecans, highly peppered with hot air.
Upper Montclair, N.J.
Having just read your article on the long drought in the Northeast, particularly the Catskills, I couldn"t help but note that those bonehead conservation experts are at it again (A Dry Silence in the Northeast, Aug. 9).
It has been my experience that grouse do not do well in droughts. Ask any grouse hunter. For one thing, the time when a farmer cuts his hay has absolutely nothing to do with a grouse, and I doubt that many hunters have ever seen a grouse in a hayfield. Grouse are found in thorn apples, shaded creek areas, etc. If these are lacking due to drought, then, alas, no birds. And this has been the case in several New York counties over the last three years.
Again, contrary to the experts, there is a big difference between killing and fishing. Night-fishing spring holes in droughts kills more fish than anyone can imagine. We watched it happen on the East Branch of the
Delaware in the late '40s when catches of 50 or 70 fish were not uncommon, and game wardens were as scarce as fangs on a tadpole. Regardless of what the experts say, the Delaware never really recovered. If the conservationists were smart, they would close their streams as well as their woods until the drought is over.
Jackson Hole, Wyo.
BEWARE THE GREEN
After reflecting on your story on Jet President Sonny Werblin and his quest for success (Show-biz Sonny and His Stars, July 19), I have come to the conclusion that, Namath and Huarte notwithstanding, Mr. Werblin had better get with it and turn In those green jerseys if he wants the Jets to win big. So the Philadelphia Eagles wear green and they win once in awhile. And maybe Notre Dame (true colors: blue and gold) is the exception—but with a very tarnished image until last year. Michigan State (green and white) had a few good years, and Green Bay licks the jinx by wearing more gold than green. But really, now, when did green-clad Baylor, Colorado State, Dartmouth, Manhattan, Miami ( Fla.), Ohio University, Tulane, Vermont, Wagner or William & Mary ever make big headlines? Take a tip from a superstitious Jet fan. In football green is for grass.
Port Washington, N.Y.
You published a letter from the Native Diver fan club (19TH HOLE, Aug. 23), and I think you should publish this. The challenge by Native Diver's owner for a match race between Kelso and the Diver is ridiculous for two reasons. The first is that Kelso would break Native Diver's heart. The second is that if Native Diver wants to get beaten that badly he need only come East and run in the Aqueduct, Woodward or Jockey Club Gold Cup. Kelso will be there.
We who are connected with Haystack Ski Area in Wilmington, Vt. were surprised and disappointed to read that Taos Ski Valley is calling its beginners' slope "Fanny Hill" (SCORECARD, July 12).