COLLEGE FOOTBALL '77
If your coverage can include the Southern Athletic Conference (Scouting Reports, Sept. 5), why not the Southwestern Athletic Conference? Your coverage of black college football is shameful. Why must its players wait until the NFL draft to gain recognition? Where do you think Walter Payton, L.C. Greenwood, Ernie Holmes, Harold Carmichael, Willie Lanier, Bob Brazile, Elvin Bethea, Art Shell, etc., etc., etc. came from? Surely not the Citadel. They came from Jackson State, Tennessee State, Grambling, Arkansas AM&N, North Carolina A&T, etc., etc., etc.
I am not much on traditions, but I love the tradition of the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. And I strongly disagree with scheduling the grandfather of all bowls on Jan. 2 even if New Year's Day is on a Sunday this year. New Year's has always been a day for college football and should stay that way. Why should they take a day that belongs to great college teams and give it to the pros to play their conference championships?
As everyone in the Midwest knows, especially those in the Big Eight Conference, Kansas State offers what no other college town in the nation can match (Watering Holes, Sept. 5). We in Wildcat Land have what is known as Aggieville. This community (a two-square-block area) within a community has 13 taverns and five liquor stores (not including restaurants which offer game-day specials on the suds).
When the crowd pours into Aggieville after a football or basketball game, the streets are closed off and one heck of a party develops, both inside and outside the bars.
We invite Roy Blount Jr. and Bernard Fuchs to a free pitcher of purple beer in Aggieville, the home of the Wildcats.
H. L. LAUE
If Blount and Fuchs happen to find themselves within a few blocks of Mississippi Memorial Stadium on a hot autumn afternoon, tell them to stop by for a cold one on us, and we'll talk football in one of the nation's most famous elbow-bending establishments—The Cherokee Inn.
LOYAL PATRONS OF THE CHEROKEE INN
After reading your article on the Penn State-Rutgers game (Hello Big Time, So Long Streak, Sept. 12), we feel that Pat Putnam was not justified in his barb about the Lehigh football program. Rutgers' 18-game winning streak started after a 34-20 defeat by Lehigh in Taylor Stadium. The statistics of that game—and last year's 28-21 Rutgers victory in the closing minutes—show that a game with Lehigh is a little bit more than a week off for the Scarlet Knights.
THE BROTHERS OF BETA THETA PI
While Rutgers was totally outclassed, their mere presence on the same field with a fine Penn State team is a major accomplishment, considering that in the recent past the Knights were being dominated by teams like Princeton, Delaware and Massachusetts. The rapid and tremendous advances made in the last few years by Rutgers are to be commended, not downgraded. There is no need to apologize for 18 wins in a row because they may have come against weaker competition; instead it is an achievement to be savored.
THOMAS J. GALLO
DESERVING OF BETTER
On Sept. 8, Phil Niekro (He Didn't Knuckle Under, Sept. 12) again went to the mound for the Atlanta Braves. He allowed three earned runs in eight innings, gave up four walks and with his seven strikeouts broke the club record for strikeouts in a season. He was not involved in the decision and the Braves lost 5-4 in extra innings. Niekro is not a complainer, but I am sure he would acknowledge that if he played for the Dodgers, Yankees, Reds or Phillies, he would be a consistent 20-game winner.
As a Braves fan (and don't ask me why), I thank you for recognizing a good man and pitcher who happens to be stuck with "a sorry bunch of dead-enders."
Alexander City, Ala.