I am an Ohio State fan and, unfortunately, attended the Michigan State game in East Lansing (The Touchdown That Didn't Count, Nov. 18). I congratulate you on your objective and honest reporting of a very confusing ending to an otherwise well-played game. I feel obliged to point out, however, that Illustrator Robert Handville has put 12 Ohio State men on the field. That would have made Ohio State "mightier than a Divine Presence in a face mask."
DAVID B. GILL
Instead of The Touchdown That Didn't Count, your headline should have read, SI Didn't Count.
I suggest the artist take another look at the ABC Sports videotape.
HERBERT R. ELLIS
You have added yet another bizarre aspect to this game.
Eau Claire, Wis.
Please accept my compliments on Ron Fimrite's A Football Odyssey (Nov. 18). This is one of the finest articles on college football I have ever had the pleasure of reading, thanks to the author's almost uncanny ability to capture the spirit and essence of the game. I have often wondered why and how a single cry of "War Eagle" could transform me into a freshman over and over again. Fimrite's description of college football as a continuum has finally given me the answer.
I feel sorry for those people who "outgrow" things such as college football. They will be old long before I will. It is nice to recapture youth, even for just a weekend.
DAVID M. PORTER
I arrived home this evening, after a long day of classes, to find my Nov. 18 issue of SI waiting for me. I flipped quickly through the pages, knowing that I had little time to read the magazine. Not only were finals rapidly approaching, but I would have to be at the stadium at 7:30 the next morning to help tack pieces of colored cardboard used for card stunts onto 10,000 bleacher seats. For some reason, however, I stopped at Ron Fimrite's article and started to read. Then I knew why.
Like Fimrite's, my initiation to college football came when I was a 9-year-old traffic boy spending my Saturdays at the University of California's Memorial Stadium. My choice of college was never really in doubt after that first game, which Cal won. I, too, am now a "Cal man," and I wonder what my future will be like. I hope that I won't have to "rediscover" college football.
Thank you, not only for reminding me of the past but for helping me appreciate the present a little bit more.
Ron Fimrite states that the Oklahoma-Nebraska game of 1973 was "a dull and colorless conquest," stirring few emotions and generating relatively little noise in the stadium. That may have been, but it also was one of the outstanding moments of Oklahoma football history. Watching the Sooners' awesome defense play what probably was its best game, against a fine Nebraska team, was inspiring. Raucous cheering is out of place when one views the Mona Lisa; and the Oklahoma football team that day was a pure work of art.
LARRY L. PIATT
Salt Lake City