Baugh put on a spectacular display of passing and kicking. He could quick-kick from the single wing, and did so several times on third down. The field was frozen, and with no safety back on third down, the ball would roll forever. As I recall, several of his quick kicks went 70 to 80 yards that day. He also played safety on defense and made a number of game-saving tackles when he was the only man between the ballcarrier and the goal line.
Baugh's passing feats are well known. Not too many people recognize his punting ability. The last time I checked, he still held the NFL record for highest punting average for a season [51.4 yards].
WILLIAM B. BARNES
As a loyal University of Michigan alumnus and football fan, I was delighted to observe, in your Aug. 31 issue, our much-deserved preseason No. 1 national rating (The Top 20). The article on Herschel Walker of Georgia (More than Georgia's on His Mind) was also of interest. However, the comment that he was the first freshman to make the All-America team "in this century" is incorrect.
Michigan Fullback Frank W. Steketee, my uncle, was named on Walter Camp's All-America team in 1918 as a freshman. Frank was a great runner, punter and dropkicker.
JOHN P. STEKETEE
When John Papanek compares the total number of players from different college football conferences who are on NFL rosters (What You See, You Get, Aug. 31), he ignores the fact that the Pac-10 has two more schools than the Big Eight. When you calculate the average number of pros per school, which is the only fair comparison, the Big Eight leads the Pac-10, 16.5 to 14.0.
STEPHEN L. STERN
I want to call your attention to an obvious typo in John Papanek's article. The statement reads, " Alabama doesn't even have to play Georgia this year." Everyone makes mistakes, so don't worry, because I know that he meant to say " Georgia doesn't even have to play Alabama this year." Or last year, which is why the Bulldogs were rated No. 1 at the end of the season.
John Papanek stated that the last two Florida State teams have been "overrated." Where does he get off? The 1980 Seminoles were 10-1, with only a one-point (10-9) loss to Miami. They defeated Nebraska and Pittsburgh back-to-back and finished the season No. 1 in scoring defense. Only a last-minute pass by Oklahoma Quarterback J.C. Watts in the Orange Bowl kept FSU from a possible national title.
THE TV REVOLUTION (CONT.)
Your two-part article on cable and pay TV (The Television Revolution, Aug. 10 and 17) was most enlightening. It confirms my suspicions of long duration: Owners of major sports franchises aren't headed for the poor-house. They're heading toward that pot of gold called cable TV revenue. I feel everyone in Chicago knows that Eddie Einhorn, the former TVS and CBS mogul, purchased the Sox for the future benefits cable TV will generate in the Chicago area. We all know cable isn't going to make billionaires out of the owners. How about multibillionaires?
LAWRENCE C. NEFF
In Part II of William Oscar Johnson's article, Tom Villante describes a scenario in which a Cleveland youngster becomes an Atlanta Braves fan because of a "tremendous load of Braves games" carried to Cleveland via cable from WTBS in Atlanta. "He's the least productive fan in all of sports," sniffs Villante.
I'm sure Villante was merely trying to make a point, but he obviously believes that the existence of such aberrations is a result of cable TV in general and superstations in particular. I believe that he's a little behind the times.