I thoroughly enjoyed your article on Barry Switzer. And as a born-and-bred Sooner, I agreed with Switzer up to a point. But I must disagree that everywhere in Oklahoma it is OU football. To me and thousands of others from Oklahoma State University, it is Cowboy football. I wish the best of luck to the University of Oklahoma this year—in all but one of its games.
As a resident of the state and a senior at the University of Oklahoma I was offended by the article. Ray Kennedy pictured Oklahoma as a state of Gomer Pyles with nothing more constructive to do than fry fish and drive pickup trucks.
The aspect of the article that irritated me most was the way in which Barry Switzer was portrayed. Any coach who logs a 32-1-1 record in his first three years (with 28 consecutive victories) should be treated with more respect and dignity. Everyone knows that the game of football is a good deal more than just rounding up "a bunch of country boys having a yahooing good time, playing a game they 'flat-out love.' "
In my four years at OU I've had the pleasure of hearing Coach Switzer speak on numerous occasions, and though he may at times use down-home colloquialisms, he by no means speaks like a Li'l Abner. Switzer is a coach with style, flair and a deep knowledge of the game and should be depicted as such. Booner Sooner!
DENNIS M. WALSH
Barry Switzer is an excellent coach and has compiled a fine record at Oklahoma, but his knowledge of football history is less than perfect. He says of three of his starters who went to the pros in the 1976 draft, the first, fourth and 11th players chosen, that "no college has ever had three players go that high."
In 1966 Michigan State's Bubba Smith, Clint Jones, George Webster and Gene Washington were chosen first, second, fifth and eighth in the NFL draft. However, it was a loss from which Michigan State has yet to recover. I hope that Oklahoma has a better fate.
Mt. Clemens, Mich.
In 1968 USC had five players drafted in the first round. Ron Yary was picked first, Mike Taylor 10th, Tim Rossovich 14th, Mike Hull 16th, and Earl McCullouch 24th.
JOHN L. LIDDLE
The Chicago Cubs pitching staff is putting a lot of the blame for its horrendous ERA on Wrigley Field (Pitching Flubs Drub Cubs, July 26). Yet, as I remember, a pitcher by the name of Ferguson Jenkins won 20 or more games for six consecutive years and also won the Cy Young award in the very same stadium. This proves that a talented pitcher can pitch anywhere and still win games. The Cubs pitchers are simply not talented.
?Although Jenkins did have six 20-win seasons with the Cubs, he also averaged 14 losses a year and had the benefit of offensive and defensive support from such teammates as Billy Williams, Don Kessinger, Ron Santo, Glenn Beckert and Ernie Banks.—ED.
In reference to SCORECARD (July 26), I was in the stands in July 1975 when Bill Wheeler sacked five rattlesnakes in 18.3 seconds. I thought your readers might be interested in some of the rules of snake sacking: