Wham! Bam! The famed SI whammy strikes again. It never ceases to amaze me. How can you run feature articles on teams like Notre Dame (Right Man in the Right Place, Sept. 30) and Oklahoma State (Those Other Bullies in Oklahoma
), and then have them both be defeated by such powerhouses as Purdue and Baylor? As a stouthearted University of Oklahoma football fan, I beg you to steer your typewriters and cameras away from Norman for the remainder of the football season.
I may start my own magazine, and put you on the cover.
O. D. STUTZMAN
Chula Vista, Calif.
As long as you are discussing the Heisman Trophy, I will, too. Tom Clements may win the trophy but he will win on reputation, not ability, as might Anthony Davis, Pat Haden, David Humm or others. But the man who really deserves to win the coveted award probably will not. The man I am speaking of is Sonny Collins of the University of Kentucky. In 1973 Collins gained 1,213 yards rushing on 224 carries, but when the All-America selections came out, you didn't hear about Collins. Stories are written about players with a reputation and not the ones with true ability like Collins!
It was only fitting. Notre Dame, the 1973 national champions—and fourth-best team in the Midwest (after Ohio State, Michigan and Oklahoma)—followed another of its old traditions, losing to Purdue. The loss could hardly be construed as unexpected. Purdue, coming off a 7-7 tie with Miami of Ohio and a 28-14 loss to Wisconsin, would have to be one of the Irish's most formidable opponents. Take heart Irish fans. If your team can manage to beat a couple of second-rate teams by more than 40 points the sports media undoubtedly will say that this year's team ranks right up there with all of the great "Tying Irish" teams of the past. They'd probably be right.
Wasn't it SPORTS ILLUSTRATED that picked General Custer over Sitting Bull for the Heisman Trophy? Why don't you do the country a favor and do an article on the Arab oil nations. Please do Notre Dame a favor and let "tradition" take care of itself.
MICHAEL J. OBRINGER
I would like to ask Frank Deford (Heirs of Judge Landis, Sept. 30) a question concerning his bed fashions.
Mr. Deford, do you sleep in the raw?
East Lansing, Mich.
?Nude in the summer, nightshirt in winter, pajamas on the road.—ED.
RAGS TO RICHES
In his story (Out One Hand and in the Other, Sept. 30) Dan Jenkins refers to the Patriots as the " New England Peasants." He states that the Dolphins were "preoccupied" that sunny Sunday. Having had the pleasure of being one of the 50,000 Pat fans at Schaefer Stadium who witnessed the beating the world champs took, and also being in attendance when the "Peasants" defeated the L.A. Rams, I can truthfully say that the New Englanders outplayed their opponents in both games.
I suggest that when speaking of the New England Patriots in the future Jenkins should use words like "superb" and "tremendous." And—at the very least—admit that we have vastly improved.