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December 22, 1997
To declare any all-white team that competed before full integration as "the best in history" is dead wrong.MATT CHANEY, WARRENSBURG, MO.
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December 22, 1997

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Michigan '47
It's true that the final poll of the 1947 regular season had Notre Dame No. 1, but after undefeated Michigan beat USC 49-0 (above) in the Rose Bowl (the Irish had earlier beaten the Trojans 38-7), the AP conducted an unprecedented postbowls poll. It listed the Wolverines, not the Irish, as the top-ranked team. The next year Michigan went undefeated again and won another national championship.
WILLIAM G. BRUNER III, Glen Arm, Md.

? Paul Zimmerman replies: When I die and go to heaven, I'll see Notre Dame '47 line up against Michigan '47, but until then the only way to justify my position that the Irish were better is to repeat that they had better players, and more of them. Michigan scored more points because Fritz Crisler believed in running up the score and Frank Leahy didn't. Amen.

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