DR. Z's PICKS
Your Pro Football Issue was great, but picking the Packers to finish last in the NFC Central was a big mistake (Scouting Reports, Sept. 7). The Pack is back, and the preseason and opening-game results prove it.
Dallas to finish ahead of Philadelphia? Come on!
Paul Zimmerman's pick of the Oilers to finish 7-9 and in third place in the AFC Central is ridiculous. The Oilers can stack up their offense against any team in the NFL and come out at least even.
Buffalo to go all the way? You'd better believe it! Thank you, Paul Zimmerman.
Black always seemed to me an appropriate color for the Oakland Raiders' uniforms. After all, nothing else would have looked quite right on Jack Tatum. And now the Raiders are coming on strong with greed as Al Davis attempts to send Oakland fans back to their living rooms while he seeks the end of the rainbow in Los Angeles.
But I should have known. Even big business has its white knights. Rick Telander's story about Jim Plunkett (In the Eye of the Storm, Sept. 7) sent all my "Hate Oakland" emotions packing. I hope Plunkett carries the Raiders to another Super Bowl championship.
ROBERT G. COYNE
To locate a football-playing college smaller than Pillsbury Baptist, with its 340 male students (Small Colleges, Aug. 31). you need look no further than Pillsbury's 1981 schedule. On Oct. 10, Pillsbury travels to Water-town, Wis. to play Northwestern College, a school that fields a football team from just 280 male students. Perhaps more noteworthy is the fact that NFL scouts have their eyes on two of Northwestern's linemen, seniors Daniel Marshall and Eric Zimmerman. I'd say it's a classic case of quality, not quantity.
Dan Jenkins' delightful reminiscence about the glory days of TCU football (When the Frogs Were Princes, Aug. 31) would have met with my father's complete approval. He would have been pleased to be remembered as the first Heisman Trophy winner from the Southwest Conference, but more pleased by far to have his beloved school so fondly recalled.
Perhaps, though, he would have been most pleased with his friend, Dan Jenkins, affectionately describing a time when football was a game that people like my father played for the sheer fun of it. In that respect, the boys in the baggy canvas pants are one up on their counterparts in the fishnet jerseys.
DAVID O'BRIEN JR.
TCU's Sammy Baugh was truly one of the alltime greats. I saw him play many times as a Redskin. He was not, however, quarterback of the 1937 NFL champion Redskins. I saw the game at Wrigley Field. The backfield consisted of Riley Smith, quarterback: Ernie Pinckert, blocking back: and Cliff Battles and Baugh, halfbacks. The Redskins of that time used the single-wing formation. The Chicago Bears were the only T-formation team in the league.