Joe Jares' article (When It Came To Pass, UCLA Knew How, Jan. 12) provided a valid sum-up of the Buckeyes' panic operation in the second half of the Rose Bowl game. I felt the factors that really upset Ohio State were UCLA Coach Dick Vermeil's halftime adjustments, superior conditioning of the Bruins and lack of Buckeye contingency planning for "catch-up" football. A coaching coup for Vermeil!
FRANK R. WYNNE
Los Alamitos, Calif.
Hopefully, the next time the Big Ten loses in the Rose Bowl it will occur to you to describe it as something besides an upset. Each year we see the same old thing: Michigan and Ohio State take turns pummeling weak Big Ten teams, soar to the top of the polls, then play each other in their annual one-game season, which Michigan invariably loses. We then see Ohio State coming out here, ranked just above Attila the Hun and the Afrika Korps, where they are "upset" by a Pac-8 team that wasn't supposed to show up without the Red Cross.
Pay attention, now. The Big Ten has lost in six of its last seven Rose Bowl appearances. Ohio State has lost in four of its last five visits. In fact, the Big Ten has lost 11 of the last 17 Rose Bowl games played.
Do you spot a trend?
JOHN R. HUDSON
As unbelievable as this may sound, I could have sworn that I saw a major bowl game between Arkansas and Georgia on Jan. 1, 1976.I think it was called the Cotton Bowl. I swear I can see it just as plain as day—a magnificently improved Arkansas team coming from behind, causing turnovers, executing beautifully and generally stomping a pretty good Georgia team. But since it didn't appear in your bowl game coverage, I assume that I was just dreaming.
Uh, oh. Wait a second. Here's something. Under College Football in FOR THE RECORD: " Arkansas rallied from a 10-0 deficit...." Four whole lines. Thanks, fellas.
RALPH B. PATTERSON
Little Rock, Ark.
For once I agree with Bear Bryant (Win a Battle, Lose a War, Jan. 12). "Playing one game for the national title" does put "too much pressure on the player." That "one game" was the season's opener, when Missouri, the fourth-best team in the Big Eight, beat Alabama handily. The remainder of the Tide's perennially easy schedule was a disgrace. If Coach Bryant wants a national title so badly, I have one for him, the "National Scheduling Championship!"
DEREK H. DETJEN
Presque Isle, Maine
THE HARDY BOY
SI picked Bruce Hardy of Utah as the best high school athlete in 1974 and ran his picture on the cover. Perhaps you are unaware that he was in another picture in SI (Jan. 5), holding the football for Dan Kush to kick the winning field goal in Arizona State's 17-14 win over Nebraska in the Dec. 26 Fiesta Bowl.
Hardy started the 1975 season as a quarterback for the Sun Devils but made the switch to tight end when Coach Frank Kush felt he could be used better there.
THOMAS E. STAPLETON JR.
While William Leggett failed to cite the worst sports announcer for 1975 (Year of Highs and Hypes, Jan. 12), I'm sure I speak for millions of fans in nominating Curt Gowdy for that honor. His constant irrelevant or just plain incorrect comments about the sports he covers are no longer even funny. My friends and I used to bet on how long it would take Curt to make his first blunder. We never waited too long. His fumbling attempts to get attention after someone else has made a statement reveal his lack of expertise and detract from an otherwise very fine sports presentation by NBC.