THE LIONS' ROAR
The victory by Penn State over Woody Hayes and his Buckeyes ( Penn State States Its Case, Sept. 25) should come as no surprise to the staff or readers of SI. I'm not referring to the preseason polls, most of which listed the Nittany Lions ahead of Ohio State. I am referring to the article done by SI in the spring of 1976 on Joe Paterno and his successful recruiting year (Say "Cheese," Mom and Pop, March 15, 1976). Photographs of Bruce Clark, Matt Suhey and Mike Guman, among others, accompanied that article. These three young men were major factors in the 19-0 win over Ohio State. Here's a chance to blow your horn, SI, but don't blow our chances. Keep us off the cover.
Reading your article, one would think the score was Penn State 56, Ohio State 0. Granted, the Buckeyes were skunked, but they did gain 336 yards. The Buckeye defense made more than a token appearance to hold the Nittany Lions to 19 points in the face of eight Ohio State turnovers. A score of 19-0 hardly qualifies as a "rout."
John Underwood may have blown a fast whistle on Bob Higgins, whom he identified only as one of Penn State's former coaches and the grandfather of Fullback Matt Suhey. Higgins also played for Penn State and was chosen by Walter Camp as a first-team end in his 1919 All-America selections. Should Suhey win All-America recognition we would then have grandfather, father (former Penn State Guard Steve Suhey) and son in All-America succession.
I have never read an article that amused' me more than Larry Keith's Seeing Ain't Believing (Sept. 25). I hope all Billy Martin lovers will read it and finally come to the realization that he—not Reggie or Thurman or George—was the problem with the Yankees.
Larry Keith's open letter to Billy Martin was one of the most distasteful beanballs I have ever seen a sportswriter throw. How quickly one forgets that Billy not only reintroduced the word "pride" into the Yankee vocabulary, but also drove the team from mediocrity to the world championship during his brief tenure. While Bob Lemon may have had a hand in guiding the Yankees to where they are today, it was Martin who made them what they are today.
GARY A. ADAMS