THE BEAR PIT
Bear Bryant has an inflated sense of values concerning football (I'll Tell You About Football, Aug. 15 et seq.). He thinks his kind of football can teach a boy about life.
Life, I've always felt, is learned in the living. Ordinary football is good because it's fun and it's good exercise and gives a lift to the spirits. Bryant, however, wants to make it into something else—it gets too serious with him and gives a man a warped sense about life.
EDWARD S. HICKCOX
Thanks for your public service in bringing to us the Bear Bryant formula for evaluating a boy's talent. Kick the kid! If he doesn't kick you back—or turn the other cheek—he's a bum.
Whatever happened to sport?
A. SLOAN NIBLEY
North Hollywood, Calif.
Methinks there is a little bit of envy showing in Bear Bryant's talk about how Bobby Dodd coaches at Georgia Tech. Bear probably can't understand how a coach can have his boys playing volleyball on Monday and still win football games on Saturday.
Both coaches are highly successful. Bryant's theory is that football is war. Dodd's theory is that football is a game and, therefore, should be fun, not drudgery. Both theories seem to work, but I imagine that playing at Tech must be a helluva lot more fun.
D. LEON TURNER
I disagree with those who have accused Bryant's teams of using dirty tactics on the gridiron. The Bear teaches good, sound football, the rock-'em-sock-'em type. Most fans enjoy watching hard-nosed football, and Bryant's teams have never been guilty of playing touch football.
I can well imagine that after they have completed their "boot camp" training Bryant's footballers are ready to meet any and every challenge life has to offer.
Thank you for a wonderful series of articles about Coach Bear Bryant. It really let us fans get a little closer to coaching.
However, I just can't buy the whole bit of Mr. Bryant crying so often. I also fail to understand how a team that beats Nebraska in a bowl game can become No. 1 in the nation with the schedules the two teams play.