FOOTBALL ISSUE: AS A TENNIS FAN...
After reading your September 21 Football Issue I want to give you my compliments on a job extremely well done. Your scouting reports are a credit to the football staff. They report on the scene on a national basis, then narrow it down to a sectional basis and finally report on the individual teams, their players, their schedules and last year's won-lost record. Your article How to Watch Football will be a great help to me during the current season (as, I am sure, it will be to many others).
The greatest tribute I can pay to you is to tell you that I am an ardent tennis fan, and very rarely, if ever, have I taken time to watch, analyze and enjoy the sport of football in the past. I am looking forward to the approaching season with my issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in one hand and the Harvard banner in the other.
As long as your superb previews of the major sports are continued you have both an ardent fan and a faithful subscriber.
Long Beach, N.Y.
The scouting reports are going to stay with me all season long. I have removed the staples, taken out the reports and re-stapled them and put them on top of my TV set.
Your 1959 Football Issue is just great! The best yet!
EDMOND M. JANKOWSKI
After reading through your Football Issue my reaction is that the reporter who did the summation on what cooks with football on the West Coast really got the scoop.
I make particular reference to the part where the author speaks of the quantity and quality of material that shows up annually at Cal and SC and Stanford as compared to what is left over for UCLA. But the part that did warm this old Bruin heart the most was only the vaguest reference, without details, to what went on in the now defunct PCC after the late Red Sanders had been in action a little while at Westwood.
Sanders did not win any friends at SC when UCLA scored on them to the tune of 39-0 for the largest number of points ever run up on an SC team by anybody in regular season play.
Many people were out to get Sanders and UCLA, and eventually they did. But now, after the Bruins' showing in the Purdue game, they have a very excellent chance to be in the Rose Bowl again on New Year's Day.
Perhaps you might be interested to know that four of the "stars" selected by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED played together on the same high school football team. They are, Joe Matalavage, Navy; John Sadusky, Cornell; Eddie Hino, George Washington; and Jud Pahls, Rutgers. The team was the Mahanoy City Senior High School Team, (Pa.), which represented 300 students.
A really true summary of college football. Hope your Special College Basketball Issue will be of as high a caliber as Football 1959.
C. C. OCH
This great contribution to the sport has become my exclusive handbook for the coming season.
Again this year I was amazed at the amount of valuable inside information which you massed together in your annual football issue. It helps many people like myself choose their teams for the coming Saturday afternoons. Congratulations again this year.
I can't recall when I have had the pleasure of reading a football issue that was more informative than the 1959 Football Issue.
There is one disappointing note, however, for us fans in Oklahoma. Both as a subscriber and sports editor here in Oklahoma it is hard for me to understand the omission of Northeastern State College in your section of small colleges.
True, the Redmen have lost one game this season in two starts. But they did win the NAIA title last year and took the bunting in the Holiday Bowl game, which was telecast by a crew that included Red Grange, author of your top article on football.
Your writer did manage to note that Arizona State at Flagstaff won 10 straight before losing to Northeastern Oklahoma.
Pleasing everyone is an impossible task, for sure. But here it would seem to a transplanted Easterner that a great magazine fumbled the ball.
We have been grieved to note that in the years that your magazine has been published you have failed to recognize the football team of Tufts College in your preseason previews. Coach Harry Arlanson has compiled a record of 29 wins, only 8 losses and 1 tie in his five years as head coach at Tufts against top small-college competition. You have given reviews on many of Tufts' opponents, whom we usually beat, but no word about Tufts! Last year Tufts defeated Bowdoin, Bates, Franklin and Marshall, Trinity, Amherst and Lafayette. A few years ago we upset Harvard University 19-13 but have been unable to get a rematch.
I fail to find any mention of the University of Rochester's football team. Throughout the 1958 season this team was unbeaten, untied and "unrecognized." Also, the team was unsubsidized. Members of teams at the University of Rochester receive no athletic subsidy. In eight games the team scored 257 points against 19 for its opponents.
In addition to its athletic prowess the squad had a high academic standard. Eighteen members of the U. of R. 27-man squad held academic scholarships, including a General Motors College Scholarship, four Naval ROTC scholarships, eight competitive New York State Regents scholarships and five University of Rochester scholarships. Collectively, the team entered the university with a high school average of 88.7%.
Surely in this age of learning a team with such a record, from a scholastically outstanding university that was founded over a century ago, should be recognized by the leading sports journal.
THOMAS A. PILKEY
Staten Island, N.Y.
Each fall, with the publication of your Football Issue, I can count upon being disappointed, even to brushing away a furtive tear. In sooth, there are times when I become firmly convinced that your football editor secures his "better teams" from breaking the code of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
I am referring to Montana State College, which has been so blandly ignored. Now then, what is their past three-year record? O.K., you twisted my arm.
In 1956 they won 9, tied 1 and lost 0. They were NAIA co-champions playing in the Aluminum Bowl at Little Rock, Ark. In 1957 they won 8 and lost 2. In 1958 they won 8 and lost 1.
In 1959 they will probably win 9 and lose 0 since they have already opened with a 27-0 win over South Dakota State. And who do they play? Well, this year's schedule includes South Dakota State, Cal Poly (perhaps the toughest independent on the Pacific Coast), Arizona State (ranked 11th nationally in 1957), North Dakota, North Dakota State, Idaho State, Utah State, Montana U. and San Diego.
ROBIN B. MACNAB