Adjusting Bud Goode's predictions (Big D by Three, Sept. 4) according to the results of the first week of play makes Oakland 12-3-1 for the season and Denver 12-2-2. Now do you believe?
My condolences to Bud Goode. He predicted that the Jets would win only one game this year. Now let's see if the Jets can lose 15 straight.
Washington 16, New England 14. So much for Bud Goode and his computer.
In Week 11, Bud Goode has New England plus four over Houston while he has Houston plus four over New Orleans. I cannot believe you expect us to rely on these figures for the season, season, season....
?The latter entry should have read Houston minus four against New England, not plus four over New Orleans, making Houston 9-7-0 (.563) for the season.—ED.
Although Bud Goode's predictions seem reasonable and have a good chance of coming true, I feel his computer has copped out on the big games of the season. Goode predicts that 16 games will end in a tie. With the sudden-death rule, 16 tie games seem highly unlikely. If he were to figure each tie game as a win or a loss, his overall projections would be quite different.
?Goode was aware of the sudden-death rule. However, whenever computer results showed less than half a point difference between two teams, he rounded the figure off to zero and called it a tie.—ED.
MR. STRAIGHT ARROW
Robert F. Jones' article about me (A Do-Gooder Who's Doing Good, Sept. 4) was favorable and for the most part accurate. He did make one error in judgment, though. In his passage about Phyllis George contrasting my life-style with that of Joe Namath. he says. "The implication was that George preferred a fun-loving swinger like Broadway Joe to a stick-in-the-mud Staubach."
I never interpreted Phyllis' interview in that light. She did not take sides. She and her parents are close friends of ours; she is a fine, impartial journalist and I would never suggest that she might prefer feeling good to being good. She is a good person and a good friend of the family.
It was a joy to read about such a full human being. The day of the anti-hero is passing, and Roger Staubach could be one of the heroes we need. He has the preparation, the conscience, the involvement, the courage and the faith to meet the requirements.
JOHN ELLSWORTH WINTER, PH.D.
Professor of Philosophy
Millersville State College