After four games this year Brown is averaging 154 yards rushing, 15.3 yards per reception and 22.4 yards per pass completion, with a passing accuracy of 71.4%. Ted has 45 career touchdowns (excluding bowl games), including runs of 95 and 81 yards. His 276 career points place him among the active scoring leaders in the NCAA. And his 3,868 career rushing yards put him ninth on the alltime list.
COLGATE AND DELAWARE
In the East section of FOOTBALL'S WEEK (Sept. 25), Herman Weiskopf stated that Colgate "had a 10-0 regular-season record last year." Not so! In last year's regular-season finale Colgate got knocked off by the University of Delaware's Fightin' Blue Hens, 21-3.
JOSEPH E. BACKER
JOHN J. DALEY III
KEEPING TABS ON GOODE
I want to congratulate Bud Goode on finally hitting one point spread right on the nose. It took five weeks and 70 games to get there, but he finally made it. He called Pittsburgh by 11 over the Jets (Scouting Reports, Sept. 4). The Steelers won 28-17. I don't know how Goode and his computer figured out these point spreads, and I don't think he does either. With a record of one out of 70, he should switch to a new method. If the Jets' Richard Todd hadn't been injured for that game, Goode would still be batting .000.
Phooey on Bud Goode and his computer! As stated in your pro football preview, "No team won a game [in '77] in which it threw 40 times or more." Well, on Oct. 1 Oakland's Ken Stabler put the ball into orbit 43 times against Chicago, and—Eureka!—the Raiders won. Goode and his Univac 1106 have been picking winners—not counting the spread—at only a 58% clip. I advise pulling the plug on Bud's computer.
West Orange, N.J.
Being a devoted Redskin fan, I have a suggestion for Bud Goode—punt!
?It seems only fair to give Goode credit for one thing: daring to pick the winner and predict the point differential of virtually every NFL game before the season, with its usual injuries and surprises, began. It's not quite the same as picking from week to week.—ED.
Ron Fimrite's unqualified assertion that Reggie Smith is the player most responsible for keeping the Dodgers in contention is ludicrous (His Old Self Is on the Shelf Oct. 2). Looking at the 1978 record, one must come to the conclusion that Gold Glover Steve Garvey, with a .316 average, 202 hits and 113 RBIs (versus Smith's .295 average, 132 hits and 93 RBIs) not only is the Dodger's real MVP, but also must be the choice for National League MVP honors. Smith's annual loss of playing time because of injuries, real or imagined, makes him a less valuable player than Garvey.
JAMES W. STRYKER
As a teen-ager, I followed the Red Sox during their impossible dream year of 1967. Reggie Smith was an outstanding rookie, and I was left with the indelible impression of a young ballplayer who took time after late-night games to rap with youngsters by his car. I was 14 years old and was amazed at the fact that not only did Reggie speak to us, but he also spoke with us as adults, with comradeship and respect. I have admired his self-discipline and poise ever since.
You sure pulled a fast one on me! Just when I was convinced your magazine was published jointly by the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, you go and print a story about a team that surprised the majors all year long: the Milwaukee Brewers. Larry Keith's Reluctant, but Not Draggin' (Oct. 2) was the article I had been looking for every week since the season began, and even though I had to wait until the last week, it was worth it.
I have followed the Brewers through many a season and, alas, many a manager, and can tell you that George Bamberger has performed miracles. He persuaded the players to believe in themselves, to care about every single pitch; and he has had faith enough to play them through slumps at the plate and sloppiness on the field. The Brewers are a team to be reckoned with next year.
JEFFREY R. HALLOIN
Eau Claire, Wis.