George Packard's story about "touch" football (It Was Only a Game of Touch, Sept. 18) was hilarious! It was also too funny to be fiction.
Sock it to 'em, Howie, Fitzy, Ham and Doc!
George Packard's reference to North Paterson, N.J. as a more likely place than Princeton to find such legendary characters as Tree, Ham and Buffalo is a credit to the residents of that mythical town. At one time there actually was a North Paterson. It is now known as Hawthorne, N.J. However, the older natives still often refer to this geographical location as North Paterson and, therefore, George's mythical site still does exist. As a Hawthornite I welcome George to our community.
Thank you for George Packard's article about the Harrison Street Athletic Club. It's good to have "memories" of Buffalo and Fitzy to carry through the winter, while waiting for summer "tryouts" to begin.
Edwin Shrake's article, For Babe, a Week to Forger (Sept. 18), was a sympathetic piece of writing, especially at this moment in the doleful affairs of the Boston Patriots. The idiot phone calls to Babe Parilli's wife and all that inhuman jazz were enough to make anyone simpatico. But the whole thing soured at the end—for me, at least—when, after another early-season Patriot defeat, Mr. Shrake described the Boston locker room as being "as gala as a polio ward." Where was the copy editor at that point, I want to know, and where was Mr. Shrake's sense of decency? The fact is that there is more plain gutsy fortitude in a polio ward than there has lately been in Patriot locker rooms.
THOMAS P. MCDONNELL
With Chevrolet as the sponsor, Southern Methodist's Mustangs were referred to as the Ponies throughout the SMU- Texas A&M football telecast. The possible repercussions stagger the imagination. We can see it now: the many Wildcats (such as Northwestern and Kentucky) will be banned from the tube unless Buick is a sponsor. And if the Ford Motor Company is the sponsor, only names such as Falcons (Air Force), Mustangs ( SMU) and Cougars ( Houston) will be permitted over the airwaves.
THOMAS D. LEVY
PETER E. FRIEDES
Congratulations on an exceptional college football issue for 1967 (Sept. 11). Dan Jenkins' story about the fight for No. 1 (This Year the Fight Will Be in the Open) was stimulating. However, Dan need have no fear about the National Football Foundation and Awards Committee bowing to pressure regarding MacArthur Bowl recipients. To date, the bowl has gone to championship-caliber teams on the East Coast, in the Midwest, South, Southwest and Far West. The Hall of Fame dinner, traditionally a sellout, features the new Hall of Famers, the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes of the Year, the gold-medal winner, as well as the MacArthur Bowl recipient. The Mac-Arthur Bowl winner is not selected until the results of the last big weekend of the season are in. By then, the dinner is already assured of a capacity crowd. What is more, the Hall of Fame Awards Committee includes men who have played, coached and written about the game during the past 50 years. Otherwise, Dan bats .900 on his fine preseason roundup.
National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame
New Brunswick, N.J.
It takes a special kind of person to single out two teams from the past and say they were not worthy of national championships. No one was more deserving of a No. 1 ranking in 1958 than Iowa. The Hawkeyes manhandled all but Ohio State in what was then the toughest conference in the U.S., the Big Ten. They had an All-America quarterback and end and a halfback who averaged nearly two touchdowns per game. They also had peerless Forest Evashevski for coach.
From that team and the preceding one these outstanding pros were developed: Alex Karras, Jim Gibbons, Willie Fleming, Bob Jeter and Curt Merz. The 1958 Iowa team also rolled up an impressive score in the Rose Bowl. Remember, Dan?
PFC. WILLIAM FELLOWS, USA
Fort Benning, Ga.
Yes! The college football polls do mean something. I am still upset by the 1960 final ratings. My alma mater, the University of Missouri, technically finished I l-O (a loss to Kansas was later reversed by a forfeit), but no one picked Missouri as national champion. In fact, the best the Tigers could do was rank No. 4 in the final UPI tabulation.