It is a tribute to the richness of Oklahoma's gridiron tradition and the quality of its recent teams that many Sooner opponents, including Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Missouri, look upon their clash with OU as their big game. It also makes me respect Coach Barry Switzer all the more for keeping his squads mentally and physically prepared to play the big game week after week.
LARRY M. MARCUS, M.D.
How refreshing to pick up SI's College Football Issue and discover that it features not a running back, but a defensive end, the incomparable Hugh Green (Green Light for the Panthers, Sept. 1). The story is superb and the cover a masterpiece.
In the final paragraph, however, Green states that the 1980 Pitt team is better than the 1976 national championship team and that all the '76 squad had going for it was Tony Dorsett. He is wrong. Among other outstanding players on that team was Quarterback Matt Cavanaugh, who was voted MVP in the "championship" Sugar Bowl game and next year was named an All-America.
Mount Pleasant, Pa.
Congratulations on a superb cover of Hugh Green with the black panther in the background. Green is a phenomenon. I know. I saw him last season against Penn State.
In a year when South Carolina, a school that isn't a prominent football power, has by far the best running back in college football, George Rogers, you wrote about the top defensive end, the top noseguard and the top safety, all of whom are from big-time schools, Pitt, Florida State, UCLA, respectively. Don't the unknown schools ever get a chance?
In your one-paragraph analysis of the Ivy League, you mention that Yale has a "jinx" on Dartmouth and that the Big Green has scored only 13 points against the Elis in their last three meetings. You fail to say that in these same three meetings, two of which Dartmouth has won. Yale has scored a total of only six points against the always-stingy Green defense. Who has the jinx on whom?
PETER L. WELDY
MORE BY GEORGE
While Ron Fimrite's recent articles, By George, He's Some Hitter (Aug. 11) and Brett May Do It Yet (Sept. 1), have listed George Brett's main statistics, an additional one—my favorite for stumping trivia buffs—would have further emphasized Brett's hitting ability. In 1979 he hit 20 or more doubles, triples and home runs, a feat last accomplished by an American Leaguer around 1940. If my memory serves, it was Joe Vosmik, an outfielder for the Cleveland Indians, who did it then. In the National League, I believe Willie Mays was the last to do it, 20 years ago.
?Vosmik never did it, but Jeff Heath, another Cleveland outfielder, did, in 1941. Mays performed the feat in 1957.—ED.
MORE FROM K.C.
Your four great articles in the Sept. 1 issue on Missouri heroes—George Brett, the Kansas City Royals, Tom Watson and the University of Missouri football Tigers—made our Mid-American hearts very happy! We Kansas Citians expect to provide you with even more opportunities for articles on our local talent. Our Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Kings anticipate great seasons, too.
Kansas City, Mo.