Concerning John Papanek's statement, "The fact is that Big Eight football is as exciting as the geography of the land the conference spans," beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
How 'bout that article on that Dog (More Than Georgia's On His Mind, Aug. 31)! Thanks to Curry Kirkpatrick for a great story on a superior athlete, "Hushel" Walker. We Hunker-Down-Hairy-Dog fans agree with every superlative.
VIKI AND DOUG CURTIS
Your article on Herschel Walker reassured me that some college athletes still use college for its primary purpose: to get an education and build character.
When the Frogs Were Princes (Aug. 31) is truly an outstanding piece of writing by Dan Jenkins. Being a Southwest Conference junkie, I was glad to see the "gold old days" brought back to life. I'm sure a lot of TCU alumni wish they would come back.
But really, Dan, did you have to bring up last season's Texas Tech game? I'm sick and tired of hearing about those damn purple helmets.
Texas Tech '77
Congratulations to Dan Jenkins on his fine piece on TCU football. Jenkins seemed to capture in print the combination of rich heritage and pleasant atmosphere that makes TCU such a delightful school to attend and Fort Worth such a marvelous place to live.
One note about purple: During my TCU years the purple-jerseyed Frogs went 5-39. Upon graduation, I headed north to Northwestern where the Wildcats, also clad in purple, amassed a record of 1-31-1 during my stay. I think purple is jinxed.
MICHAEL W. PEREGRINE
With deference to Dan Jenkins and TCU football: " 'Lookie here.... Don't you know...that a man can travel far and wide—all the way to shame or glory, and back again—but he ain't never gonna find nothin' in this old world that's dead solid perfect?' "—Dan Jenkins, in his book Dead Solid Perfect.
BOB SILVERMAN, M.D.
Congratulations to Mike DelNagro for a unique and enjoyable treatment of the small colleges in your 1981 College Football Issue (Aug. 31). However, he has committed a grave sin of omission by leaving Bates vs. Bowdoin off his list of "Most Heated Rivalries." Like Williams vs. Amherst, Bates vs. Bowdoin is a clash of schools far more renowned for their academic excellence than for their athletic prowess.
Omitting Lehigh vs. Lafayette from your list of Most Heated Rivalries ranks No. 1 on a list of blunders. Lehigh-Lafayette is billed as the most-played college football game in the nation. On Nov. 21 those schools will face each other for the 117th time in a series dating back to 1884.