So, Bil Gilbert, if you want to be where the Raptore action is, come to Duluth in September and October.
HENRY B. ROBERTS
Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve
Duluth Audubon Society
Having been a Missouri Tiger football fan for the past 12 years I feel compelled to write and try to set the record straight. In your Oct. 30 FOOTBALL'S WEEK column on games played Oct. 21, the Missouri-Notre Dame game was almost totally ignored. What did appear was a series of excuses for the Irish.
Notre Dame had four first-string men missing from the lineup that day, a fact trumpeted by the local papers and by SI. What was totally ignored was the fact that Missouri was missing three starters itself. Fullback Ray Bybee did not make the trip to South Bend, and Halfback Chuck Link and Defensive End Steve Schreiber did not play, either.
Missouri almost totally controlled the game for the first 3� quarters. The Tigers marched 46, 67 and 92 yards for touchdowns. They held the ball for 16 minutes more than Notre Dame, and they did all this against a team that was second in the nation in total defense. Add this to the fact that Notre Dame is a deeper team and was playing at home and there is no doubt it was an upset of tremendous proportions.
EDGER C. GERTZ III
Regarding your selection of the 1972 Sportsman of the Year, I feel the award should be given posthumously to Jackie Robinson. His courage will always be remembered, not only in the annals of American sport but also in American history. The United States is far better off because he lived.
Marvin (Vinny) Giles III, the U.S. amateur golf champion. He is a true sportsman in every sense of the word.
Gene Tenace. His four home runs and nine RBIs helped Oakland win the World Series.
Larry Brown of the Washington Redskins.
Muhammad Ali. His constant fighting around the country and throughout the world has kept boxing alive.
Lower Burrell, Pa.
Phil Esposito. Not only did he win the NHL scoring title and help the Bruins win the Stanley Cup, but he was also our main force in beating the Russians.