THE FOOTBALL ISSUE: I PREDICT...
Every sports fan in the country is indebted to you for your Special Football Issue (SI, Sept. 24) as the most comprehensive, interesting and, I predict, reliable preseason coverage on collegiate football ever published. Herman Hickman's article recognizes the fact that great football is played and outstanding players are to be found in every section of the country. The statistical sketches of 120 outstanding teams is certainly a masterpiece of reporting. It will provide your readers with a ready reference as to information covering the teams they will watch in action during the fall.
Louis R. HARRINGTON
FOOTBALL ISSUE: OUT ON A LIMB
I have just finished reading over your Special Football Issue, and I must say I enjoyed it greatly. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED seems to lead the field in special issues.
Condolences and best wishes for a speedy recovery to Herman Hickman, who was a victim of circumstances and was caught up in a whirl of upsets on that first Saturday and managed to miss almost half of his HUNCHES. [Actually, Herman got 18 right, missed 7—ED.] But it seems to me that he is going way, way too far out on a limb to predict that Oklahoma will suffer the humiliation of defeat during the year. And Armageddon will certainly not be at South Bend when OU meets Notre Dame.
FOOTBALL ISSUE: SUPERB TRAVESTY
Apparently Hickman's service to Yale did not end with his resignation. Yale ahead of great teams like Maryland, Pittsburgh and Syracuse? Never! Despite Hickman's travesty, the Special Football Issue is really superb.
G. M. PELLETIER
FOOTBALL ISSUE: HANDY REFERENCE
The completeness of your comprehensive analysis of the college football picture in your Special Football Issue was remarkable. I am sure that all involved or interested will keep this Special Issue handy for frequent references.
WHAT FOOTBALL ISSUE?
...What football issue? Newsstands here are sold out. Where can I get one?
?With those Northwestern Wildcats on hand, a sellout in Evanston was inevitable. Send 25� to Department 990, 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago.—ED.
FOOTBALL ISSUE: IMPARTIAL REPORT
Thanks for the wonderful football issue. I never saw a more clear or concise job done in football, including very impartial reporting. Especially liked Rip Engle's comment about his team being better than rated.
KENNETH J. VAN WIR
FOOTBALL ISSUE: MISSISSIPPI
While I realize that you can't keep everybody happy, I sincerely believe that I have a just complaint concerning your treatment of Ole Miss in the Special Football Issue.
The report states in part: "... Ole Miss starts easy against N. Texas State. The rest of the Rebel schedule is a setup even for sophomores, so another bowl game may be in the offing." (Emphasis supplied.) I feel that the statement is most unfair, not only to Ole Miss but also to the stronger teams on their schedule.