While Knute Rockne may have been laying down a psychological smoke screen before the 1930 Carnegie Tech game, when he "predicted that the Tartans would win by 'eight or nine' touchdowns," he also must have been sincerely concerned. Going into its fourth game of the season, Carnegie Tech had defeated Buffalo by a score of 75-2, Thiel 52-6, and Georgia Tech 31-0.
Furthermore, Rockne certainly remembered the game four years earlier when he took Tech so lightly that he skipped the game in order to watch Army play Navy. Result: Carnegie Tech 19, Notre Dame 0.
THOMAS STEPHEN TERPACK
I read the articles on Knute Rockne with great pleasure, but I feel that the part dealing with the Four Horsemen put too much emphasis on the running backs. How about the line, especially the center of that team who handled the ball on every play? Adam Walsh should have been given at least some mention. Like others on that great team, he was a coach for many years. We at Bowdoin, where he coached for 20 years, remember him with great respect and enthusiasm.
CHARLES E. BERRY
Coles Phinizy's articles about Knute Rockne evoked memories of my undergraduate days at Union College in Schenectady during the '20s. The Union athletic department gave a banquet each spring honoring the men who had been awarded major letters, and Rockne spoke at one of those dinners. The audience soon learned that Rockne was as dynamic a speaker as he was a coach. He spoke of the Four Horsemen and then said, "What you never could have known was that while the Four Horsemen were running over the opposition, I had a player sitting on the bench who could outrun, outpass and outkick any of the four, but he suffered from a bad charley horse between the ears, and I couldn't use him."
Glen Ridge, N.J.
I am a lifelong resident of South Bend and a townie (I attended Ball State), and Coles Phinizy's article on Knute Rockne and George Gipp brought tears to my eyes. Notre Dame football has always been a source of pride for South Bend residents, those local "subway alumni." The story emphasized the aspects of Notre Dame that I'm most proud of: its academic and athletic prowess. In a survey cited in SI a few years ago (SCORECARD, June 28, 1976), Notre Dame was the only school that could boast that all 24 of its players then in the pros had their bachelor's degrees. Rockne, who was a teacher of chemistry as well as a football coach, was the epitome of this academic and athletic excellence, which continues today.
South Bend, Ind.
Notre Dame, Rockne and the Gipper are the stuff of which great stories are made. But having sat on the 50-yard line to witness the "Game of the Century" in 1966 between Notre Dame and Michigan State, I, along with thousands in the stadium and millions of TV viewers, know that "win one for the Gipper" lost its charm when the Golden Domers went for the tie.
Michigan State '68
Well, what happened? What did Michael Carter of SMU decide to do (A Shot Heard Round the World, July 2)? Play football or go for the Olympics as a shotputter?
DAN H. PROUT
?Both. Carter is SMU's starting right defensive tackle and, despite a knee bruise that forced him to miss the Mustangs' second game, his coaches predict that he has as good a chance to attain superstardom as anyone on the team. As for the Olympics, Carter is following a weight training program designed to help him in football and the shotput.—ED.
As a competitor in the Fastnet Race, I read with great interest your vivid account of the storm and the havoc it wreaked on the race (An Awesome Warning From the Sea, Aug. 27). While concurring wholeheartedly with your recognition of the magnificent rescue operation mounted by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy, I feel that tribute must also be paid to the Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Shannon, to the Irish Naval Service and to the Lifeboat Services of both Ireland and Britain. Everyone taking part in the rescue operation showed a dedication to duty and a disregard for personal safety that I feel cannot be mentioned too often or praised too highly.
Royal St. George Yacht Club
D�n Laoghaire, Ireland
Your article stated, "In 27 [Fastnet] races the only fatality had been a middle-aged sailor who suffered a heart attack in 1977."