Your cover story on Florida's victory over Miami (See Ya Later, Gators, Sept. 13) has won you a permanent spot in the heart of every fightin' Gator across the country. Whatever the Florida- Miami series lacks in tradition and national prominence, it certainly makes up for in intensity and quality football. These two teams, along with Florida State, are proving to the rest of the country what is already known at home: Football in the state of Florida is a force to be reckoned with.
For years all I've heard is how much better Miami is than Florida. Even this year, my best friend said that the only way Florida could win was if hell froze over. Well, ol' Satan must be getting pretty cold. The final blow for my friend was your excellent article about the game. The camera work on the winning touchdown was superb. However, a picture at the end of the season of Quarterback Wayne Peace holding up a finger indicating Florida is No. 1 would be even better.
Your excellent sequence of pictures clearly showed Florida Fullback James Jones falling on the one-yard line while "scoring" Florida's "winning touchdown." As a Florida State fan, I look forward to seeing the Gators later in the season. Please tell Florida Coach Charley Pell and the SEC game officials that our field is 100-yards long, not 99.
John Papanek's brilliant recounting of past Miami-Florida battles omitted one historic event—the first time the schools met. It was in Gainesville on Oct. 15, 1938, the date on which big-time Florida finally agreed to play little Miami, a 13-year-old school of 900 students. As a Miami freshman, I had to wear BEAT FLORIDA sandwich boards the week before the game. The Hurricanes spotted the Gators a first-half touchdown and then roared back in the second half as Eddie Dunn, a peerless single-wing tailback if ever there was one, scored three touchdowns for a sweet 19-7 victory.
That Miami team, coached by Jack (Spike) Harding out of Pitt, won seven other games, topping off the season with a 13-7 triumph over Georgia. It would be a shame if Florida eased out of this ancient rivalry, but, to tell the truth, it would be a very typical, slithery Gator maneuver.
I'm a Gator fan and, over the past five seasons, I've sat through four-game losing streaks to Florida State, Georgia and Miami. We finally beat Florida State last year, and now with Miami and USC down, I'm confident this is the Year of the Gator.
We don't need Miami on our future schedules. It's tough enough getting fired up for more meaningful rivals, let alone a crybaby program like Miami's. Heck, we don't even consider Miami part of the state.
WEST VIRGINIA'S RETORT
In reply to Kevin D. Dunn's letter (19TH HOLE, Sept. 13) crying about Oklahoma's not being ranked in the Top 20: West Virginia 41, Oklahoma 27—in Norman, no less!
Charleston, W. Va.
MACPHAIL ON THE RULES
I read your SCORECARD item (Sept. 13) on "the wavering waiver system."
What few people understand is that the main objective of the waiver system is the protection of the player—to prevent his being assigned (other than on option during the first three years of his major league career) to the minor leagues if he has major league ability and his services are desired by any major league team. This is the primary reason for the waiver system.