RUSSIA VS. CANADA
My congratulations on your coverage of the Soviet Union's fantastic hockey team (Red Faces in Canada, Sept. 11). These men are to be admired for their skills. I saw that first game, and it was obvious to everyone I talked to that the Russians were well prepared for the series. And Mark Mulvoy is really something; I still cannot imagine how he got all that information on the Soviet training camp.
The Russian team beat Canada's best. Orr did it? While Canada put a good team on the ice, it wasn't a Hulluva good team.
ROBERT L. CAHILL
East Hampton, N.Y.
I did not approach the Canada- Russia hockey series with a favorite. However, the clean play and good sportsmanship of the Russians, compared to the often dirty play of Team Canada, turned me into a Russian fan. The Russians even resisted blatant attempts by Canadian players to intimidate them, such as the choke sign and a good shot on the head by Bill Goldsworthy in the first period of the fourth game. The Russians showed themselves more able than Team Canada to demonstrate the beauty, grace and precision of the game.
PETER A. ZHEUTLIN
Congratulations on your Sept. 11 issue, one of the best I have read in eight years of subscribing.
The articles on Russia's hockey upset of Team Canada, the first week of the Olympics and Bobby Fischer's chess championship were all very informative and the photography, as usual, was great.
But the real clinchers were the college football forecast and the dew tipped pen of that old sentimentalist, Dan Jenkins (A Football Weekend...Is One Long New Year's Eve). I am convinced no other sports magazine covers college football so well so consistently. For sure, no other sports magazine could have done justice to so many different events in the same issue.
Dan Jenkins' exquisitely evocative essay on the goings-on in those "strange, hidden towns" that epitomize the flavor and color of American collegiate football is a masterpiece. I enjoyed it so much that I forgive him for not including Hanover, N.H., which I assume was merely an oversight.
GILBERT S. OSBORN
I would like to congratulate you on the guts it took to pick LSU as the No. 1 team in the country. Evidently your excellent staff knows where the best college football teams are (in the Southeastern Conference) and which one of these teams is the best. But one question: If Penn State and Arkansas are rated No. 4 and No. 5 and Tennessee, without an offense, beat them both in 1971, how can the 1972 Tennessee team, which does have an offense, be rated No. 13?
I was very pleased to see LSU picked No. 1. Although the Bengals have lost Andy Hamilton, Tommy Casanova, Art Cantrelle and Ron Estay, four of LSU's finest, they do indeed have an overflow of talent. A lot will depend on Quarterback Bert Jones and also on how well Brad Davis develops. I just hope they can prove to the nation that LSU rightfully deserves the No. 1 spot.
Put LSU against Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Ohio State, and it would be 0 for 5.