WHO'S IN FIRST?
Once again your magazine has displayed a fine sense of humor by ranking Alabama the No. 1 college football team in America ('Bama Takes Charge, Dec. 3). Alabama may be undefeated, but it certainly is not deserving of the No. 1 spot. Its high-scoring offense has been potent only because it has faced some of the worst defenses in the country. May Notre Dame have mercy on them.
The caption on the cover, "Alabama Is the Best—for Now," should have read "Alabama Is the Best—Period."
Ohio State was the No. 1 team in the nation for most of the season, but not once did the Buckeyes appear on your cover. Alabama grabs the top spot for the first time this season and there they are. It's typical.
When I saw Alabama acclaimed as No. 1 on your Dec. 3 cover, I was immediately angered. But after reading the article, I see that Ray Kennedy was merely stating the facts of life in the polls. Deep down I am sure you all realize Oklahoma is the country's top college football team.
TIMOTHY J. STORY
I suggest that you left unfinished your comparison of Oklahoma's joint opponents with bowl-bound teams (SCORECARD, Dec. 3). Both Oklahoma and Alabama played Miami of Florida. Alabama defeated the Hurricanes 43-13, while Oklahoma barely escaped with a 24-20 victory. Applying your rationale, the Tide would roll over Oklahoma by 26 points. Perverse bowl victory, indeed!
FUEL FOR THOUGHT
William Johnson's article No Fueling, the Crisis Is Here (Dec. 3) was extremely interesting and thought-provoking. As are many things, sports seem to be headed for drastic change due to the so-called energy crisis. One game that appears in immediate danger is professional baseball. I believe that the curtailment of night games may kill the sport as a spectator attraction. I'm sure that all sports enthusiasts will be sorry to see this happen.
PAUL J. HOUK
Between the current energy crisis and baseball's decline in excitement and attendance, it is time for the powers that be to realign the divisions to include such groupings as:
(1) Boston, Montreal, the Mets, the Yankees, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia;
2) the Cubs, White Sox, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee and Minnesota;
3) Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Kansas City, St. Louis and Washington; and