BOWL GAMES: TIME
FOR A CHANGE?
With the bowl games now history, I wish to suggest a new system for determining
a national football champion. Naturally, we here in Oklahoma felt strongly that
the best team in the nation had to spend New Year's Day watching television
Take a large
representative football sportswriters' poll at the end of the season to find
the four top-ranking teams. The No. 1 team would play the No. 3 team in the
Sugar Bowl or Cotton Bowl on December 15. The No. 2 team would play the No. 4
team at the Orange Bowl on the same date. The winners would then meet in the
pappy bowl of all, the Rose Bowl, on New Year's Day for the national
JOE W. CARAWAY
BOWL GAMES: SOME
With Iowa U. winning the Rose Bowl 35-19, I think the Big Ten and Pacific Coast
Conference series (started with the 1947 Rose Bowl game) shows that the Big Ten
is the superior football conference.
I for one would
like to see some other bowl arrangement. A plan would be to have the winner of
the Big Ten play the winner of the Southwest Conference in the Cotton Bowl at
Dallas. Such a series might be a good way to compare the two conferences.
F. J. MILLER
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
ANCIENT AND HONORABLE
In your generally excellent set of bowl previews (SI, Dec. 24) I missed seeing
something about El Paso's ancient and honorable Sun Bowl (first played in
1936). To paraphrase Daniel Webster, "It is, sir, a small bowl, but there
are those who love it."
a report on the Sun Bowl game, the nation's third oldest bowl contest: When El
Paso Alderman Bob Kolliner, chairman of the Sun Bowl game selection committee,
chose George Washington University's Colonials to oppose the Texas Western
Miners, he drew a storm of protest. The game would be lopsided in favor of the
Miners, and therefore a dull one, dissidents grumbled.
Minnesota lineman, is up for reelection in February and already faces strong
opposition because of stringent traffic enforcement adopted by the police
department at his direction. His game selection was regarded as another
political millstone about his already overburdened neck.
The Miners were
this year's Cinderella team in the Southwest. Starting the season light in
experience and weight (without a quarterback who had ever called signals in a
college game) they ended it undefeated in Border Conference play. The Miners'
scat backfield, observers thought, could easily flit around and through the big
Colonial line—an opinion apparently confirmed during workouts in which the
visitors huffed and puffed in the 3,600-foot altitude.
But once the game
began it was soon apparent to the 13,500 spectators that the Colonials had been
badly underrated. Their big line outcharged the Miners, and it was the George
Washington backs who demonstrated slashing speed. Twice in the first period
Washington passers missed wide-open receivers in the end zone. On the third try
Quarterback Ray Looney hit End Paul Thompson with a 20-yard toss. Thompson
shook off a safety man and went 40 more yards to score. In the final period two
Texas Western fumbles set up the second George Washington score, Halfback Pete
Spera diving across from the three after a 63-yard march. Texas Western's
deepest penetration was to the visitors' 26-yard line. The game ended
Well, that does it—your Christmas Bonus Issue, I mean. You make damn sure that
the American public knows what a stickball (in color yet) looks like, and you
bring tears to our eyes and have nostalgia dripping out all over with your
Silver Anniversary All-America.