Muhammad Ali's performance after a 3½-year absence was certainly impressive. Although the fight did not last long enough to convince the skeptics of his endurance, his speed and agility (along with his previously underrated punching power) were present in all their grandeur during the three rounds of combat with Jerry Quarry. All the qualities of the old Ali are present in the new one. You've had your fun, Joe Frazier, but the champ is back.
I have to admit your article was a pretty good one, but Muhammad Ali doesn't stand a chance against Joe Frazier.
I would like to thank Pat Putnam for the super article on small-college football (They Don't Play No Mullets Down There, Nov. 2). It's about time somebody gave the NAIA teams some credit. They play good football. And some of these teams, such as Texas A&I, Arkansas State, Westminster and Wittenberg, could most likely come out with an 8-1 record against the powder-puff schedule that Ohio State plays.
Thanks for the story and the mention of Westminster College of New Wilmington, Pa. Dr. Harold Burry, Westminster's very successful coach, seems to have the formula for keeping the alumni happy, too. Burry-coached teams have never lost a homecoming game. That covers a span of 19 years!
R. DEAN ENGLISH
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Obviously Pat Putnam could not include every top small-college team, but how could he fail to at least mention the University of Delaware, the No. 1 team in the East for the past three years? Consider the Blue Hens' record: two consecutive Lambert cups and two consecutive Boardwalk Bowl wins. Consider, too, the fact that their only losses last season were to major colleges (Villanova and Boston University). Delaware also owns a backfield that recently has been compared by one newspaper to Notre Dame's Four Horsemen.
KEVIN J. NEARY
There is another small-college giant. North Dakota State has won 67 of its last 71 games, captured or shared the conference title six consecutive times, been named No. 1 in 1965, 1968 and 1969 and just completed its fourth straight unbeaten regular season. The Bison bowl record for this period includes a 20-7 drubbing of Grambling, a 23-14 victory over Arkansas State and last year's 30-3 pasting of then-No. 2 Montana.
Fargo, N. Dak.
I would like to congratulate Pat Putnam for his article on the small colleges. I would also like to point out that the University of Montana has been ranked second in the nation and is currently on its way to another 10-0 season!
Down here in South Carolina we have a college called Wofford which now has an 18-game winning streak. As of this date we're way down in the eighth spot in the AP poll, but we're moving up.
A large "welcome" sign should be hung up at Forest Hills for Dick Miles and his refreshing ideas on how to enliven the game of tennis (Bloodthirsty Tennis, Anyone?, Nov. 2). I have only one suggestion: Rather than eliminating one of the traditional two serves altogether, perhaps it might be more interesting if each player were allowed the option of taking one double serve in each set with the additional option of accumulating the unused extra serves for use at a later and more opportune time in the match.
Regarding Dick Miles' article on tennis, it seems to me that he would be the type who would make crashes mandatory at the Indy 500 and do away with huddles in football. In my opinion, he would be better off if he stuck to playing the so-called sport of table tennis rather than writing articles about one of the few sports left with a little class.
ROBERT H. ROSENBAUM