Please slap Mr. Dan Jenkins' hands for his article Ohio Slate: Alone at the Top in your Nov. 24 issue. Too bad we did not get to see the great game that he suggested: Ohio State's offense against Ohio State's defense. Instead, we had to watch both of those great teams against poor little Michigan. Which of the two great Ohio State teams was responsible for the loss, the offensive or the defensive?
Fortunately, Ohio State can sit by the fire on New Year's Day and watch all the games without having to meet the now No. 1 team in the nation. For the game of the year that he was probably trying to describe, watch Texas vs. Arkansas on Dec. 6.
W. O. FRAZIER
Re your designation of Columbus as football's mecca. Goodbye, Columbus!
Camp Hill, Pa.
Congratulations on your excellent article, Missouri Waltzes to Victory (Nov. 17). It gave a good insight into the total spectrum of a football weekend at Mizzou. I was glad to see you praise the Big Eight Conference and especially the 1969 Missouri Tigers.
Thank you for putting into print some of the reasons why I have journeyed back to Columbia for four games this season even though I graduated from MU several years ago.
JIM R. CONNELY
As Roy Blount said, "The Big Eight is the toughest conference in the country this year." You would never know this if you read your college football section every week. As a rule the Big Ten and Notre Dame get much more coverage than the Big Eight. I'm sick and tired of hearing stories of Notre Dame nipping those powerful Pitt Panthers or Purdue just getting by the ferocious defense of the Wisconsin Badgers. Seriously, it hasn't been quite as bad this year. But you seem to have forgotten that the Big Eight's best team, Missouri, pounded Michigan 40-17. The depth of the Big Eight Conference is unmatched anywhere in the country. Let's start getting things straight.
Many thanks from Coloradoans for the nonmention of us in connection with Missouri's 9-1 record. Does that make us the Nameless One-ders?
I would like to inform you that Missouri isn't the only team in the Big Eight. Nebraska also happens to belong. As a matter of fact, Nebraska tied Missouri for the Big Eight championship.
You said that Missouri virtually wrapped up the Big Eight Conference title by defeating Oklahoma 44-10. If you happen to pay attention to other football games in Jesse James and Quantrill country, you will notice that Nebraska beat Oklahoma in the snake pit of Norman 44-14. This was the first time in three years that Oklahoma had lost at home, and the great Steve Owens was held to under 100 yards.
Nebraska City, Neb.
I enjoyed reading some of your opinions concerning Italian skiing (The Country Is a Castle, Nov. 17) but I feel that many enthusiasts reading the article will get the wrong impression of Val Gardena.