So Mr. Palmer can eat his words about the Hurricanes.
Miami Beach, Fla.
Mr. George Palmer mentioned Wagner in his list of green-clad, nonheadlining football teams. Wagner was one of the three teams that were undefeated in a 10-game schedule last year. Maybe the Jets and Sonny Werblin do have something besides Joe Namath going for them.
Staten Island, N.Y.
On page 38 of your September 6 SPORTING LOOK article you show a fashionably attired, moony-eyed young couple obviously more concerned with each other than the ton or so of threatening beef behind them. You describe it as a "bright panorama of a game between the Packers and the Bears." I'll bet one year's subscription and a used football that you are wrong. The teams pictured are the Louisiana State " Packers" and the Ole Miss " Bears."
I take real issue with Mr. Loren H. Nauss Jr. from Connecticut (19TH HOLE, Aug. 30), who criticizes SI for a supposed affront to the quality of Ivy League football. Having observed football as played in the Southeastern Conference, in the Southwest and the Big Ten for years, I find it quite strikingly different from the Ivy brand. Some years ago the Ivies stopped playing such eastern teams as Army, Navy, Penn State and Syracuse, because scores were consistently running against them by 40-to-60-point margins. They readily admitted at the time that they were completely outclassed and far better off staying in their own little circle rather than serving as cannon fodder for the big boys in breather games.
As for the absence of Ivy graduates from the professional rosters, the statement to the effect that they have better things to do upon graduation seems rather silly. Most of those graduates go into business in some form, and Joe Namath, for one, has already made a better business deal than most graduates will make in a lifetime—with a bum knee to boot.
Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoy Ivy games, which are evenly matched and often very exciting.
L. ROBERT WILLIAMS
New York City
I read with great interest John Underwood's article on the Pennsylvania-Texas high school football game at Hershey, Pa. (Texas Teeners Strike Back, Aug. 23). However, I take exception to being called a "cupcake." It doesn't sound too complimentary to me. The members of the Sweet 66 Corps, which provides the pregame and half-time entertainment, are as carefully selected and screened according to their talents as are the players themselves. We not only must be high school students of pleasing shape and face, but we must be able to march, strut, dance and twirl batons as well and, in some cases, be agile enough to perform acrobatics.
We also serve as hostesses for our state and our area. We welcome the teams to Hershey as we would to our homes. We have served as dinner companions, dance companions, listening and sounding boards, and in most cases we provide a pretty good cheering section for players who are a long way from home. At all times we are well aware that these fine young men surely have "girls" at home as we have "fellows" here, but we have tried to make their stay enjoyable.
I might make mention of the fine, gentlemanly conduct of all the players. Their schools, cities and their states can be proud of them on that score, as well as for their abilities on the gridiron. It was a wonderful game, and this "cupcake" is looking forward to next year.