Your predictions for the 1966 college football season (Sept. 19) could not have been any better. The Crimson Tide will get another national championship and become the third team in history to get three in a row.
Dan Jenkins must have forgotten to look at Alabama's schedule when he picked it as national champion. The Tide plays only three teams of any caliber (LSU, Mississippi and Tennessee), while Notre Dame plays four of your 41 "best." Arkansas, UCLA, Michigan State and Texas each play five. Baylor meets six best teams, and USC faces seven.
We must begin to look at who a team beats, as well as its wins. Surely a close victory over Notre Dame requires more football ability than does a romp against Louisiana Tech or Southern Mississippi.
PAUL A. FENTON
If my memory is correct, Alabama beat Tulane, which in turn beat Miami, which in turn held mighty Notre Dame to a tie. Alabama then had the misfortune of being tied by Tennessee. But Tennessee beat UCLA, which beat Southern Cal and Michigan State. Moreover, Alabama beat LSU, which beat Arkansas. I think that accounts for all the teams, except Nebraska, which was soundly beaten in the Orange Bowl, and Missouri, which was taken care of by Nebraska. What more does it take to convince people that Alabama has a good team?
St. Benedict, La.
I just wanted to express my wholehearted agreement with the position taken in SCORECARD (Sept. 12) on the Gerard proposal to dam Long Island Sound. I personally do not find the proposal to dam the Sound as offensive as the proposals to put dams in the Grand Canyon or the attempt to lumber off the last of the redwoods, but it is offensive nonetheless. It is one more example of man's persistent inability (or refusal) to come into some sort of equilibrium with his environment. Until our species fully recognizes, and really accepts, the fact that it lives in a finite world, until we have clearly defined progress in terms of improvement in the quality of individual lives (rather than in terms of Gross National Product, etc.), our hopes for a world of some natural beauty and peacefulness, with clean air to breathe and clean water to drink, will continue to dwindle at an ever more terrifying rate.
I thank SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for its vision.
JOHN R. PRINGLE
For years I have enjoyed reading SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and considered it fair and factual in reporting, but I was shocked by one inaccuracy in the article Frank's Way with a Filly (Sept. 12). Pete Axthelm reported that Thomas Eaton had died. My son is very much alive, and it was Melvin C. Eaton, my husband, who died on August 1.
On the matter of Kerry Way, it might interest you to know that Eaton Ridge Farm (owned by my husband and son) purchased the dam of Kerry Way from Mr. John Gaines when she was in foal to Star's Pride. The filly was foaled at Eaton Ridge and was named Capricious. As a yearling she was purchased by Mr. Clarence Gaines and her name changed to Kerry Way.
ETHEL J. EATON
In an otherwise fair and delightful article on the nationals at Forest Hills (A Forgotten Aussie Stirs the Memory, Sept. 19), Frank Deford made one big mistake. The estrangement he describes between Aussie Davis Cup Captain Harry Hopman and Fred Stolle is very much a thing of the past.
In the 1964 Challenge Round at Cleveland, Stolle produced a victory over America's Denny Ralston that virtually regained the cup for Australia, because it was certain that Emerson could defeat McKinley (as indeed he did) in the fifth match. Harry Hopman was instrumental in steadying Stolle during that match, as those of us who saw the match on television can attest.