This is not meant to put down LSU, which will certainly field a fine team as evidenced by its Sun Bowl game. It is meant to put you at SI down for a sloppy job of selecting No. 1. Any of the above five teams would qualify, but LSU just isn't of that caliber.
What have you guys got against UCLA, anyway? You haven't seen fit to even rate the Bruins, while your headlines had Nebraska going for three straight. Wrong again, SI! Mark Harmon and Jim McAlister took care of the Cornhuskers in the Coliseum (Young Harmon Makes His Mark, Sept. 18). I suggest that your brain trusters find a spot for the Bruins while there is still time to wipe the egg from their faces.
NORMAN M. GLENN
North Hollywood, Calif.
Larry Keith made my day! I eat, sleep and live University of Delaware football in the fall. When I opened my Sept. 11 issue to the small-college section I was in seventh heaven.
I was also quite pleased to see big Dennis Johnson mentioned, a definite Little All-America candidate. But Delaware's size doesn't stop there, even though Dennis makes the rest look small. Joe Carbone, whom you mentioned, stands 6'3" and tips the scales at 225. At the other defensive end there is Bob Depew, also 6'3" and 230.
Is there any wonder the New Hampshire coach felt as he did? Thanks, Larry Keith, for letting everyone know about the Fightin' Blue Hens.
Congratulations to John Underwood for his fine article on the greatest college football coach of all time, Paul Bryant (New Tricks for an Old Bear, Sept. 11). The Bear only gets better with age. If you don't believe it, watch what Alabama does again this year.
LARRY C. BLACK
Supercoach Bear Bryant revealed more of his attitude than he probably meant to when he exclaimed, "...but we played a whole lot better, and it was a good thing. I'd have fired every one of them." The message seems clear: Do the job you're paid to do or I'll fire you and buy some bodies who can do the job! Where do sport and education fit into the Bear's beloved university?
CANDIDO MARQUEZ JR.
As a former Alabamian and the 34-year-old mother of three boys playing various stages of football from high school down and 1-year-old twin girls, who resemble tight ends already, I commend your article on Bear Bryant. What wisdom this man possesses. He has been an idol of our family, and this story has been the best we could hope for, other than meeting him in the flesh. Count us as seven more believers. The most any mother could hope for is that one day a son might be associated with such a human being.
Oxon Hill, Md.
BY THE BOARDS
In your history and expos� of the scoreboard craze (An Unbelievagable Boom, Sept. 4), you mentioned the streams of statistical data and sports quizzes viewed by fans at Dodger Stadium. That was 1962. In 1972 fans are treated to such statistics as happy birthday and happy anniversary messages and welcomes to various visiting groups.
Egocentric messages and commercialism are both unfair and repugnant to the sports fan. They degrade the game and the atmosphere. Unfortunately, management does not concur.