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19th HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
January 14, 1957
SILVER ANNIVERSARY: LOST AND FOUND Sirs: Your Silver Anniversary All-America idea (SI, Dec. 24) is a pip. I don't see how anybody, looking over that list of 25 men, could question the value of college football as a builder of men.
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January 14, 1957

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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BOWL GAMES: TIME FOR A CHANGE?
Sirs:
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 football.

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 championship.
JOE W. CARAWAY
Oklahoma City

BOWL GAMES: SOME OTHER ARRANGEMENTS
Sirs:
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

BOWL GAMES: ANCIENT AND HONORABLE
Sirs:
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."
DON BUTTERFIELD
Boston

•Right. Herewith 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.

Kolliner, former 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 13-0.—ED.

I'M THROUGH
Sirs:
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.

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