'Tis better to have dared and died than never to have dared at all, especially when you can call the shots ahead of time down to three fumbles! More power to you, SI!
Coach Bo Schembechler was correct when he said that Michigan "will never be No. 1 in the nation because of the press" (FOOTBALL'S WEEK, NOV. 22). Just look at your Nov. 29 issue. The Ohio State-Michigan game was covered in one paragraph, while the LSU-Notre Dame game and the Big Pink of Vassar got the headlines.
Over the past two years Michigan has lost one game (to an unbeaten Ohio State), which is a better record than that of any other major college team with the exceptions of Toledo and Nebraska.
By the way, have you ever heard 104,000 people scream at once?
PAUL VAN BEEK
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Thanks, Lynn Simross! The article Best of the Powder Puffs (Nov. 29) was great. The Vassar Big Pink is a great team to root for. Whoopie! Butch Hirsch for Coach of the Year. And let's salute the champions of the Big Two. Sorry, Sarah Lawrence, but you've got a long way to go to reach Vassar's "big-time" football status!
DENNIS L. SMITH
Copperas Cove, Texas
Three discreet cheers for your brilliant article on the Vassar football squad and its superstar, Broadway Mark Cohen. I have followed this remarkable athlete's career for five years and am glad he is being recognized. He is not only a top quarterback, but a stellar stickball outfielder and three-on-three basketball player as well. But ii is his quarterbacking in the Upset of the Century that is justly immortalized in your article.
Great article on Elmore Smith (Fortunes of a New Tough Cookie, Nov. 22). I'm also glad to see something nice said about the Braves. They certainly will be the team of the future with Elmore in the middle.
Your magazine makes Buffalo's weather sound like we live around the corner from Antarctica. Believe me, this is not the case. We have beautiful skiing weather and fine, warm golfing weather. It really is the perfect climate for an all-round sportsman. Please consider this next time you write an article concerning the "Armpit of the East."
Your 1971 Sportsman of the Year award should go to Lee Trevino. His conquests of the British, Canadian and U.S. opens certainly make him worthy of the honor. More important, however, is Lee's respect for golf and his appreciation of its fans. On the course, he is not only a fine professional but an outgoing personality. The paying customer admires an athlete with these qualities because he (the customer) is repayed a hundredfold for his dollar. Lee Trevino is a superb athlete and a fine gentleman.
Mount Vernon, Ohio
If love of a game and an ability to excel in it constitute a true sportsman, Roberto Clemente must certainly be SI's Sportsman of the Year. For years the Clemente style has been characterized by rifle throws from the outfield, unrestrained hustle on the base paths and line-drive hits that have accounted for four batting titles. It finally took a World Series to give him the recognition he has so richly deserved throughout his entire career.