BOWLS FOR OSU
Regarding your article 62-0 (Oct. 6): since the silliest rule in college football prevents Ohio State from playing in the Rose Bowl, how about the Super Bowl?
P. N. BROWN
While Ohio State may indeed have a fine team, no one will ever know just how good it is. for with its cream-puff schedule a 9-0 record would be meaningless. As of Oct. 5, six of OSU's first seven opponents have yet to win a game this year, showing a collective record of no wins, 17 losses and one tie. Your article referred to Minnesota as one of the "good" teams played by the Buckeyes this year. I rather imagine even the Big Ten would take exception to that, since Minnesota, in its first two outings, was bombed by Arizona State and tied by Ohio University.
Probably the best cure for Ohio State's heady complex would be to take the Buckeyes down to the Orange Bowl after they finish with their nine patsies and let the University of Alabama dribble them around the gridiron for 60 minutes.
GLEN L. BROCK
William Leggett should be ashamed of himself. His article concerning the divisional baseball playoffs (An Ideal Team in Harm's Way, Oct. 6) contains a sentence that he would never have written if he had really thought about it. He stated that Mark Belanger of the Baltimore Orioles is now the best shortstop in the American League. This just cannot be true. Have you ever heard of Rico Petrocelli?
When it comes to shortstops, Rico Petrocelli is the best. No one in either league could match his 40 home runs, 97 RBIs and .297 batting average. He also was only one off the American League record held by Phil Rizzuto for fewest errors by a shortstop in a season.
I think Mr. Leggett needs a lesson on the criteria for selecting the manager of the year. He said, " Earl Weaver and Billy Martin are top candidates in the American League." Can he really be serious? There can only be one candidate for manager of the year in the American League, and that is Ted Williams. Anyone who can take the same bunch that wore Washington uniforms in 1968 and finished 10th and lead them to an 86-76 season clearly deserves manager of the year honors. The Senators finished only one game behind the Red Sox and a mere four games out of second place. I doubt that Weaver or Martin could have done the same with the (lack of) material.
ARTHUR R. GOLDBERG
Chevy Chase, Md.
CROWNS AND THORNS
In "There She Is..." (Oct. 6), Pat Ryan has written a scintillatingly clever account of the Miss America pageants from the first through the present. She has shown why and how the current regulations governing them were formulated, with just the right sprinkling of syrup and spice to attract and to hold the attention of the reader. Of its kind, the author has produced a gem. And like a gem it sparkles.
New York City
I didn't think you'd be able to slip Miss America into a magazine dedicated to the world of sport, but, by jingo, you did it. You made it a "competitive classic," a "national sporting event"—"part contest, part pageant, part sport." Oh yes, and Sharon Kay Ritchie married two athletes.
Say, why didn't you send a staff writer to cover the unveiling of the "sporty" new 1970 automobiles or Hurricane Camille, which "sported" winds of 200 mph. And now that Jack Olsen has finished with Lew Alcindor (LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER, Oct. 6), perhaps he could do a serialized biography of Lester Maddox, a "spoil sport" for walking (an Olympic sport, by the way) out of the Democratic Convention. And to remain nonpartisan you could do the same on Roman Hruska, who was a "good sport" for bowing out of that thrilling contest for Senate Minority Leader.
The possibilities are without limit.
WILLIAM S. ARNETT