RED CLAY AND GOOBERS
Congratulations are in order for your issue of Oct. 13. The cover shot of Georgia's Bruce Kemp was sensational—we Bulldog followers have been waiting a long time for this sort of recognition—and Pat Putnam's story on the Southeastern Conference (The SEC Catches On) was beautiful.
Folks from other regions of the country are constantly questioning why SEC teams are not highly rated in national polls. The reason is obvious: no other football conference in the nation can ever hope to attain the superb balance of the SEC. Take this year, for instance. At least five teams are in the running within the conference ( Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida), and several of them are definitely among the nation's best.
Thanks loads, SI. We of the land of red-clay hills, swaying pines, moss-hung oaks, goobers, fried chicken and shrimp Creole are very much indebted to you.
Fort Belvoir, Va.
Upon reading Pat Putnam's article I felt obliged to 1) remind Mr. Putnam of a particular passage in the aforementioned article: "The fans at Vanderbilt and Kentucky are a gentler breed. Lately, so are the football teams"; 2) cite for Mr. Putnam's benefit two recent scores: Kentucky 10, Ole Miss 9 (Sept. 27) and Vanderbilt 14, Alabama 10 (Oct. 11); and 3) inquire as to whether Mr. Putnam takes salt and pepper when eating his crow.
Your article was fabulous. It captures all the excitement of true rivalries between these great teams. But in your Sept. 15 issue you failed to include LSU in the Top 20, quite a big mistake since the Tigers are going to win the Southeastern Conference!
OOPS AND DOWNS
I must take umbrage with several of the things in your article Youth Will Have Its...Oops! (Oct. 13). The title itself is at best insulting. In fact, after looking in vain for an article on the Bengals after each of their three wins, I found the general tone of the article and the pictures belittling.
Granted, the Bengals are a young team and will make mistakes, but seasoned teams make mistakes, too. Your picture of the "busted play" between Wyche and Robinson could just as well have been a picture of the "seasoned" Charger who fumbled the ball on the kickoff.
We have never lacked respect for our elders and we realize we aren't supposed to be 3-1 against veteran competition, but we are. Cincinnati fans are proud of the accomplishment of this team and hope that they never lose their youthful dreams.
On page 31 of your Oct. 13 issue. Photographers Sheedy and Long snapped a priceless photo of a professional goof. Did you notice that Quarterback Wyche's eyes were closed?
JEFF VANDER WOLK
RUFFIANS ON THE ROCKS
I've played and watched ice hockey for years and I don't see why your writers picked Boston so high this season (Hockey '69: The Rough Get Rougher, Oct. 13), even as a possibility to unseat Les Canadiens. Teddy Green, Boston's sparkplug, leader and take-charge guy, is lost for the season. Even an Esposito, who is quiet but very effective, and an Orr, who is great but also not so loud or rowdy, cannot take up where Terrible Teddy left off. Green is the heart of the Boston defense, a good, hard-hitting puck carrier who rushes and skates well and must rank with J. C. Tremblay and even Orr himself as the NHL's premier defenseman. I'm afraid that without Green around Boston will flounder to third or fourth, maybe even out of the playoffs. Look out for New York and Detroit. You just can't move without a leader like Green.