Tex Maule has to be fearless to predict Washington over Dallas in the National Conference's Eastern Division race (Pro Football '70, Sept. 21). The Cowboys have enough depth to win over the Redskins (not to mention the Giants, Cardinals or Eagles) with only the use of their reserves. He should have stuck with the "chokers." This is the year they will go all the way. Coach Tom Landry's complicated defense may cause some confusion for the team, but it will undoubtedly baffle the opposition with its intricacy. With the doomsday defense and that explosive offense, we stand an excellent chance of seeing the Lombardi Trophy on Clint Murchison's desk the Monday morning after the Super Bowl.
Tex Maule has really outdone himself this year. How can he pick the Washington Redskins to defeat the Cowboys, who are solid at every position and have an assortment of All-Pros? And picking Pittsburgh in the American Conference Central Division? That's a little ridiculous. The Bengals, Browns and Oilers each have a shot at the title. The Steelers could possibly finish last. Mr. Maule, however, made an excellent selection in picking Detroit to win its division. One final prediction: the Jets in the American East.
West Hempstead, N.Y.
Reading Tex Maule's prediction of the Vikings finishing second in the National Central Division and his statement that Gary Cuozzo is just a good second-string quarterback upset me very much.
Cuozzo may be a good second-string quarterback, but he is still better than most NFL first-string quarterbacks. He proved that against the Chiefs (The Future Moves into the Past, Sept. 28). With a defense like the Vikings have, Charlie Brown and his All-Stars could win the Central Division.
HUGH E. BELGARD
Saint Peter, Minn.
I would think Tex Maule would be tired by now of watching his hand-picked champions being defeated each season by the team he refuses to admit exists, the Cleveland Browns. However, everyone enjoys football his own way, I guess.
Oh, by the way, Tex, this year Christmas comes early. The date is Oct. 3 in Cleveland. Dress warm, we're awfully cold toward the Steelers.
Fantastic, unbelievable, incredible, stupid are all words used to describe Tex Maule's past predictions. This year add a new word—consistent.
FUNNY & SAD
Both Booth Lusteg and John Underwood should be given a Pulitzer for their article (The Coach Wants to See You, Sept. 21). It was a brilliant piece of writing, funny and sad at just the right places. Its pathos and timing are worthy of Charlie Chaplin.
I howled all the way to my 2 o'clock appointment with my psychiatrist. The people on the bus thought there was something wrong with me.
Lusteg can take one consolation: Losers are always more interesting than winners, especially after the Butkus article. But as Lusteg might say, "After a while, losing gets to be a drag." A thousand hurrahs on an inspired piece of writing.
Department of English
University of Iowa