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January 08, 1968
SPORTSMAN YAZSirs:Never before can I remember a sports figure who so captivated this country as did Carl Yastrzemski during the past season (Sportsman of the Year, Dec. 25). The interest he stirred through his spirited, all-round play not only focused attention on him, but on his teammates and baseball, as well. In fact, early October sports pages saw the national pastime actually contesting football for space.
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January 08, 1968

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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That's all I can stand. Dan Jenkins' prejudiced dislike for the University of Notre Dame football team is no longer tolerable. First, in his article Football's Way-out Season (Dec. 25) he accuses Ara Parseghian of running up the score against lesser opponents. This is highly unjustified. Then, after continually complaining about the poll ratings, he proposes his own mythical Top 10—which is just that, a myth. He rates Alabama second, when even a seventh-place rating would be generous. At the same time he places Wyoming, a team with wins over such national powerhouses as Wichita State and San Jose State, ahead of Tennessee and UCLA.

Finally he completely neglects the 8-2 record of Notre Dame and that of what was perhaps the best team in the nation at season's end, Oregon State.
Fresno, Calif.

?The Jenkins rating system assumes that all teams involved play a reasonably representative schedule. Granting that, the number of major teams defeated by a team's victims is totaled. From this total subtract for defeats on a sliding scale basis, i.e., one for losing to a team that won nine, two for losing to a team that won eight, etc. (Divide ties half and half.) USC, for example, lost only to Oregon State, which was 7-2-1. So you subtract 2.5. USC's rating is thus 41.0 and highest in the land. For the Top 10, using this system after the bowl games, see page 22.

The SCORECARD item (Dec. 11) concerning the inclusion of Maurice Moorman of Texas A&M on the second team of the UPI All-America team correctly pointed out that Moorman was dropped from the Texas A&M squad during the season for scholastic reasons. But I would like to comment on the conclusion: "Apparently the team didn't miss Moorman. Only UPI did." As I explained to a representative of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, UPI was aware at the time the team was announced that Moorman had not completed the season. As a matter of fact, this point had been mentioned and explained in the story announcing the team.

The UPI All-America team is the only one directly determined by the votes of the nation's sportswriters, not by any committee after considering the votes. Mr. Moorman received enough votes in the balloting to be included on the second team, and therefore he was given the position to which the ballots entitled him.

We think this is the only honest way. To disregard the ballots simply because the editors at UPI might not agree with them hardly appears honest. It would be as if officials of the Baseball Writers Association decided not to count that Most Valuable Player vote received by Cesar Tovar because it struck them as silly.

I am disappointed that SPORTS ILLUSTRATED chose to publish an item implying that UPI was unaware of Moorman's status.
Executive Sports Editor
United Press International
New York City

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