I must congratulate Larry Keith on his article Michigan Chokes on a Boilermaker (Nov. 15). Choke is the only word for it. Given a disgracefully easy schedule, the Wolverines should have been undefeated at least until they went to Columbus. It is sometimes hard to believe that teams can be voted No. 1 with such soft schedules.
It is heartening to see that the Purdue "Spoilermakers" are still kicking.
HOWARD D. DERMAN
West Lafayette, Ind.
A lost fumble. A missed field goal. A mentally down day. An inspired, go-for-broke Purdue team. And Michigan comes up short, 16-14. So what happens? The polls no longer rate the best team in the country No. 1. Instead, Michigan is dropped to No. 4. I hope the polls will someday rate teams by their seasons, not by their weak moments. I am one Spoilermaker fan who votes for Michigan.
WILLIAM J. CALDWELL
West Lafayette, Ind.
HOPE FOR FLORIDA
Thank you for your honest and sincere account of the Florida-Georgia game (Florida Gets a Slice, Georgia the Loaf, Nov. 15). It is awfully tempting to blow Florida's inability to win the big game out of proportion. Being a UF alumnus, I have had occasion lately to question my loyalty. It seems as though Florida always has a good team, but just not good enough.
On the other hand, Florida had never beaten Auburn in Auburn until three years ago, but now the Gators have defeated the Tigers four years in a row. Maybe there is hope for Florida yet.
THE JONES BOY
Thanks to Robert F. Jones for a super article on Bert Jones (Setting His Sights on the Super Bowl, Nov. 15). The Colts have proved that their 1975 season was no fluke.
There was Johnny Unitas and now there is Bert Jones, the two greatest quarterbacks ever to play football. How lucky can those Baltimore Colt fans be?
As a newcomer to Monroe, La. I have come to realize that the northern part of the state along Interstate 20 is quarterback country. I refer to Terry Bradshaw of Shreveport, Bert Jones of Ruston and James Harris of Monroe. The leading candidate for NFL Rookie of the Year, Sammie White of the Vikings, also hails from Monroe.
There is only one choice for Sportsman of the Year: Julius Erving. In the past year he has inspired players, spectators and corporate executives to fits of both ecstasy and despair.
John Havlicek, who last June helped the Boston Celtics win their 13th NBA championship and who can break the alltime record for games played (1,122) on Nov. 23 in Philadelphia.