In the last 12 years I have read many amusing articles in your magazine, but the cover and lead article of your Nov. 3 issue take the cake. Please inform Tex Maule that I am truly sorry the Dallas Cowboys do not get a shot at "Merciless Minnesota" this year. We have a few boys down here named Lilly, Andrie, Pugh and Cole, backed up by three little boys named Edwards, Howley and Jordan, who would love to show Mr. Maule they are truly "pro football's toughest defense."
San Angelo, Texas
Our thanks for an excellent article on our favorite football team in the far northern reaches of NFL domain (forget Green Bay). Definitely we see the Super Bowl in 1971.
DAVID L. PLACE
THE RAIN IN SPAHN
Tell Mr. Joseph and Mr. Morse (19TH HOLE, Nov. 3) that they're both all wet. The saying really went: "The reign in Sain Spahns mainly toward our bane." Or was it, "Warren and John will darken our dawn?"
NICHOLAS P. ANDES
I never heard the saying before I read it in SI, but I've discovered that all three versions printed so far are wrong. The saying really went:
Spahn and Sain both prayed for rain/ But little gain, 'twas all in vain/ One used his brain—they hopped a train/ But when the twain got back again/ The skies were gray'n and, with some pain/ The ump was say'n, 'Here come de rain!'
They just don't make catchy phrases like that any more.