I have had it! All the sportswriters and sportscasters called the Super Bowl a comedy of errors. You called it the Blunder Bowl (Eleven Big Mistakes, Jan. 25). Admittedly both teams made mistakes, but it was the defenses that caused the mistakes. For anyone who likes defensive battles this one topped them all. I thought it was a great game.
Besides, who could ask for a more dramatic ending to a football game? Unless, of course, George Blanda plays for your favorite team.
Good defense always beats good offense. Correction, great defense. The Dallas running game, which destroyed San Francisco's much-publicized front four, was held to little more than 100 yards. Duane Thomas gained more than that himself against the 49ers.
CHARLES P. SCHEELER
I can't imagine why any knowledgeable fan, including your expert, can't give praise and justice where it belongs. The Baltimore defense is the greatest.
DR. R. JAMES VASSAR
Tex Maule has managed to overlook one of the finest defensive football games ever played—fine to the point of making both offensive teams completely ineffective—just to get his literary kicks.
JAMES A. RYLAND
Your article had the wrong title. It should have been named Twelve Big Mistakes. The 12th mistake was Tex Maule's article.
Tex Maule was justified in emphasizing the slapstick quality of the Super Bowl, but I think he failed to give positive credit where it was due. The Colts and Cowboys reached the Super Bowl primarily because of their defenses. Their offenses were average, at best. The mistakes were the natural outgrowth of these pairings.
I never thought I would see an NFL championship game in which neither team deserved to win. A football team that fumbles the ball away four times in a championship game and throws it away three times on interceptions does not deserve to win, and neither does a team that picks up only one touchdown from its opponents' seven miscues—and fumbles on the goal line.
I suppose this Stupor Bowl will be called "a great defensive battle," but to me it was more like two old ladies fighting feebly over an elastic girdle marked down in price.
I enjoyed Tex Maule's excellent article, but I must take issue with his reference to the two teams as "the pro game's finest." The best teams were watching on television because of the owners' money-hungry decision to break up the league into six divisions. Minnesota played one flat game. The Lions ran into one great day of Cowboy defense. The Rams, with a backbreaking schedule, paid the penalty of the owners' design. And so on.