Granted that Penn State was beaten by a highly inspired and extremely fine Colorado squad (For Easterners, Prospecting Doesn't Pay Off, Oct. 5). But for the past three years Penn State has a 5-1 record in games played against teams from the Big Eight Conference, which many now claim to have been the best in the nation during this period. Included are two straight Orange Bowl victories over the best of the Big Eight. Yet there always seemed to be excuses for the victims and never praise for the winner.
DAVID W. BONNER
Willow Grove, Pa.
At last! After three major bowl appearances, a coach-of-the-year award, scads of All-Americas and top draft selections and 31 games without a defeat, Penn State was beaten by the Colorado Buffaloes, who promptly claimed to be No. 1. And well they might. After all, they spared pollsters from the embarrassment of explaining how it is possible that an Eastern team can remain undefeated for more than two years without ever being named No. 1! Can anyone in his right mind imagine a like situation for such non-Eastern powers as Ohio State, Texas, Michigan, Missouri or Colorado?
ROBERT J. DOOLITTLE
It continues to amaze me how nearly every other area of the country has established college football conferences while all the big names of the East remain stubbornly independent. I propose the formation of at least one new conference in the East, to be called the Big Seven. It would include Penn State, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Army, Navy, Boston College and West Virginia. In many cases these teams play each other annually anyway, so what could the athletic directors of these schools possibly have against such a setup? Only six conference games would be required, leaving four games open for teams from other areas, old rivals, etc.
Such a setup would only strengthen Eastern football. Just think: maybe someday the Army-Navy game could be for a conference title.
GARY G. BRUSH
HOPE FOR PHILADELPHIA
What you said about the Eagles (Growing Weary in Their Aerie, Oct. 5) was totally unfair. You did a good job of listing their faults and failed to mention their good points, which are many. For the time being they may not look very good, but in a year or two I plan to look for the Eagles at the top of their division.
A local ad executive coined the phrase " Philadelphia isn't as bad as Philadelphians say it is." Well, neither are the Eagles. But a few more Gary Pettigrews who are unwilling to graciously accept defeat would be an asset not only to the Eagles but also to Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Eagles? Who knows. If the Mets could do it, anybody can.
My compliments on a refreshingly unbiased article concerning Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau (Run It up the Flagpole, Johnny, Sept. 28). Frank Deford has done a superb job of analyzing the man who has done more to put Canada into the sporting limelight than even Bobby Orr.
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Thank you for your article on Montreal and M. Drapeau. Any story on Canada or Canadians is much appreciated. However, please advise Frank Walker of The Montreal Star that I would rather live in dignity and pleasure in Toronto than be able only to "sit down" in dignified and pleasant surroundings, as in Montreal.
Perhaps Novelist Hugh MacLennan said it best: "Hamlet could never succeed in Montreal nor could he be taken seriously, but Falstaff could become the Mayor."