CALL THEM NO. 1
Had I not attended the Sugar Bowl game, your article The Ball Bounces Georgia's Way (Jan. 12) would lead me to believe that the University of Georgia was playing a game of chance in Las Vegas rather than a football game for the national championship in New Orleans. Everybody's talk of Georgia's being lucky—not good—reminds me of what golfer Hubie Green reportedly had to say about luck: "The harder I practice, the luckier I seem to get."
You can call the Dogs lucky and you can call them slow, but until September you can also call them No. 1.
In the spirit of fair play, there are a couple more quotes from Notre Dame participants in the Sugar Bowl, other than those used in your story, which should be aired:
Split End Tony Hunter stated, "A lot of people have said they [the Georgia Bulldogs] are lucky, but after playing them, I believe they force their breaks and find a way to win. That's what it's all about."
All-America Defensive End Scott Zettek said, "No, I don't think we beat Georgia. It wasn't bad officiating or bad breaks. The game ended and they won."
And Coach Dan Devine put it this way: "Statistics are for losers.... They [the Bulldogs] are by far the best team—I emphasize the word 'team'—we've played this year."
With all due respect to Douglas S. Looney, this is also what was said in New Orleans and is what we at Georgia will continue to believe.
PERRY McINTYRE JR.
The Georgia Bulldog
If the thought of the Georgia Bulldogs backing into the national championship this year doesn't prompt the NCAA to devise a playoff system, then the case is hopeless. Would Georgia have even been able to reach the finals of a playoff system?
Douglas S. Looney described Georgia's football team exactly: lucky! Of the eight teams that played on New Year's Day, the Bulldogs were by far the most inept. However, Herschel Walker was an absolute battering ram. He's terrific!
While I'm on the subject, what happened to the Orange Bowl, the Cotton Bowl and the Rose Bowl? You let all of your readers down by confining them to FOR THE RECORD (Jan. 12). I, for one, feel you owe Baylor, Washington, Oklahoma, Florida State, Alabama and Michigan an apology.
TERRY P. VANDERBERG